Ryan lines up O’Mahony for Treaty centre-forward role

Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan has hinted at a centre-forward role for Gavin O’Mahony in 2015.

Ryan lines up O’Mahony for Treaty centre-forward role

The 27-year old, who has been a regular fixture in the Treaty defence since making his debut back in 2009, occupied the number 11 shirt on Saturday night, tallying 1-2 from open play.

O’Mahony, sent-off in Kilmallock’s Munster club final win last November, will miss this weekend’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with Portaferry through suspension.

“I wouldn’t rule out Gavin playing at centre-forward,” said Ryan. “From Gavin’s point of view, he is a bit unfortunate in that he can’t play next weekend. It was good fortune for us because he needed a game. He will be hoping Kilmallock can get over their semi-final and get to St Patrick’s Day.

“He played very well there at centre-forward, we have seen what he can do there from before Christmas. It was no major surprise to me how well he played there.”

Alongside O’Mahony in the Limerick half-forward line was 2014 minor captain Cian Lynch, the Patrickswell teenager clipping four points in an excellent showing. With full-forward Kevin Downes (knee) ruled out until mid-March, their increased forward options will be of relief to management entering the league.

“We’ve been fortunate that the underage and the minors have been good over the past couple of years. To get a few out of that has been brilliant. We would be hoping there is more to come from a few of those guys there. We’re very pleased with the new guys.”

He added: “We have a few injuries. David Breen is expected back this week, Seanie Tobin is making progress so is probably looking at the end of February. Kevin Downes, however, won’t be back until mid-March.”

Cork selector Seanie McGrath expressed disappointment at the concession of two soft goals which ultimately proved their undoing.

“We conceded a couple of poor goals, if we were a bit tighter they mightn’t have gone in as easy. All in all, it has been a brilliant Waterford Crystal for us. This was a little bit disappointing, but it was still a good effort overall from the lads,” he said.

“It will be hard to pick a 32-man league panel. If guys don’t make it, it is tough to tell them that. Some fellas have put themselves into a position where it will be hard to leave them off.”

He continued: “It is vital to hit the ground running in the league. The two home games will be important. We have Dublin and Galway away then so we will try get maximum points from our first two home games. The visits of Kilkenny and Clare will be glamour ties. They are both on TV and under lights. It is important we don’t get carried away with the occasion.”

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