Limerick Under-15s Head Coach Ger Costelloe expects one of the toughest tests of the season so far when they travel to Kerry this weekend. The Shannonsiders have enjoyed a fantastic SSE Airtricity Under-15 League season so far with just one defeat a
Limerick Under-15s Head Coach Ger Costelloe expects one of the toughest tests of the season so far when they travel to Kerry this weekend.
The Shannonsiders have enjoyed a fantastic SSE Airtricity Under-15 League season so far with just one defeat and sitting second in Group Three on 14 points.
With just three rounds of fixtures to go before the quarter-finals take place, Limerick to maintain their impressive form with just the top two qualifying for the final stages of the inaugural competition.
Costelloe's side travel to Kerry and he believes it will be one of the toughest games of the season but says he's delighted with the way the team have progressed during the campaign.
The Limerick boss said: "If you ask me, Kerry have some of the best strikers in the league. We played them earlier in the season and even though we got the win, they did really well against us and probably didn't deserve to lose.
"They're definitely a better team than the league table shows, they've been unlucky not to get more of games. If we can go and get three points down there, we'll be very happy.
"We're doing well. It's far from over as well because the top three are really close so we need to keep picking up the results. The boys have worked hard and they've really taken on the responsibilities needed in training.
"We were going into the unknown at the start of the season so we can only do what we can do. If you don't know anything about the other teams, you've got to look at yourselves and just prepare the best way you can and I think we did that. We said at the start of the season that we'll do the best we can do and the boys have took us this far and that's great to see."
Leaders Waterford are set to face Limerick in the final Group games whilst Wexford continue to keep up the pace on 13 points with a difficult game at Cork City coming up this weekend.
With the Under-17 and Under-19 season drawing to a conclusion, Costelloe hopes to see a number of players progress up the age groups and has praised the structure in place at Limerick, overseen by Willie Boland.
He continued: "We've got a few players who are showing some promise, the likes of Ethan O'Sullivan has done well this season. He is the sort of player who wants to improve as well, against Wexford, he'd scored but was really disappointed to not have scored in the final minutes. You want to see that desire from the players.
"But we've got quality all around the pitch with James Prendergast another player who has really stood out this campaign.
"We're looking for all of the players to hopefully push on into the Under-17s and at Limerick, we've got the structures in place to be able to progress the players up the pathway."
SSE Airtricity Under-15 National League Fixtures
07/10/2017 - Finn Harps v Longford Town, The Curragh, 2pm
07/10/2017 - Sligo Rovers v Mayo League, The Showgrounds, 2pm
08/10/2017 - Monaghan-Cavan v Derry City, Gortakeegan, 2pm
07/10/2017 - Galway United v Bray Wanderers, Eamonn Deacy Park, 2pm
08/10/2017 - Athlone Town v UCD, Athlone Town Stadium, 1pm
08/10/2017 - St. Kevin's Boys v Shamrock Rovers, Shanowen Road, 13.30pm
07/10/2017 - Cork City v Wexford, Turner's Cross, 2pm
07/10/2017 - Waterford v Cobh Ramblers, Regional Sports Centre, 2pm
07/10/2017 - Kerry v Limerick, Mounthawk Park, 3.30pm
07/10/2017 - Bohemians v Dundalk, Oscar Traynor Centre, 3pm
08/10/2017 - Drogheda United v Shelbourne, United Park, 12pm
10/10/2017 - St. Patrick's Athletic v Cabinteely, Richmond Park, 7.30pm