Allen says no conflict in Limerick despite Carey’s departure

Limerick hurling manager John Allen has insisted Ciarán Carey’s decision to step down as team selector was not the result any disharmony within the camp.

Carey cited disagreement over players’ physical condition as a primary reason for his decision but Allen denied any disquiet behind the scenes, stating that Carey no longer had the time to commit to the position.

“Ciarán has decided that he cannot give the time commitment that is necessary at this level,” Allen commented.

“He missed a full week of training the week before last and he wasn’t there last Thursday night and had to go early on Tuesday and he believes that because he can’t give the full commitment he shouldn’t be there.”

“I’m not going to get into any controversy. I’m taking it at face value that he doesn’t have the time. There has been no drama, there has been no dressing room bust up or sideline bust up or ill feeling as far as I am concerned.

“I recognise that Ciarán is an icon in Limerick hurling and that he is very committed to Limerick hurling and always has been but I respect his decision that if he cannot give 100% he feels he should not be part of the management setup. I wish him well and I’m sure he’ll be back again at some stage on the sideline with Limerick.”

There were no signs of an unsettled camp yesterday when Allen’s charges registered an impressive 0-18 to 1-12 victory over Anthony Daly’s Dublin in Cappamore.

An early Shane Stapleton goal handed Dublin the initiative but having clawed level by half-time Limerick found an extra gear after the interval and late scores from Graeme Mulcahy and the excellent Shane Dowling sealed the win.

Meanwhile, Antrim senior hurling manager Jerry Wallace has confirmed that selector Gregory O’Kane has withdrawn due to family commitments.

It is believed that Wallace is keen on Jim Nelson, who coached Antrim to their 1989 All-Ireland final appearance against Tipperary, coming in to replace O’Kane. Antrim play Kilkenny club side Ballyhale Shamrocks this Saturday in Kilmacow, Kilkenny (throw-in 7pm) in a fund-raising game in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

It is believed Cats talisman Henry Shefflin is due to make his return to competitive action in the game, a development of added significancegiven Richie Power’s injury over the weekend.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-6 (5f), K Downes and S Tobin 0-3 each, G Mulcahy 0-2, T Ryan, T O’Brien, N Maher and S O’Brien 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: S Stapleton 1-5 (5f), D O’Callaghan and R O’Dwyer 0-2 each, J McCaffrey and G Whelan and B Mulligan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: A Murphy; D Maloney; N Moran; S O’Neill; W McNamara; S Hickey; T Ryan; T O’Brien; P O’Brien; S Dowling; N Maher; S O’Brien; S Tobin; K Downes; M Carmody.

Subs: D O’Grady for T Ryan (ht), J Ryan for Hickey (ht), N Quaid for Murphy (ht)G Mulcahy for Carmody (41), R McCarthy for O’Neill (55).

DUBLIN: G McGuire; C Crummey; P Kelly; C O’Brie; D Curran; N Corcoran; P Shute; J McCaffrey, S Stapleton; B Mulligan; G Whelan; S McGrath; D O’Callaghan; R O’Dwyer; J Hetherton.

Subs: J Doughan for Shute (23), S Ryan for Mulligan (ht), T Connolly for McGrath (42).

Referee: Pat Coffey (Kildare).

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