Limerick manager David Rooney was certainly happy with on-the-field matters after he watched his side secure a comfortable 5-1 win over Kilkenny United in Hogan Park last Sunday.

While off-the-field issues were the centre of conversation after the game, Rooney was quick to praise his sides’ efforts and their resilience not to get distracted in the week leading up to the game.

As news broke that Limerick have been forced to play the remaining of their games this season out of Hogan Park, causing frustration amongst the team and management, Rooney’s young guns showed their character despite being informed about a change of venue in the build-up to the game.

“It was thrown at us during the week that we were switched to Hogan Park,” he said.

“Everywhere else in the club there has been financial cost-cutting measures and the girls are no different. We all have to cut our cloth to suit”

Rooney's side have played their home games this season at the Markets Field, but it now appears that the club can no longer afford to pay the rent at the Garryowen venue.

“The Markets Field are obviously charging for the use of the facility. We can’t afford to pay the money that they are looking for. Unfortunately, the girls aren’t one bit happy about it,” added a frustrated Rooney.

While Rooney acknowledged the overall financial constraints at the club and the trickle-down effect that has brought on, he highlighted a deal that was done with both the men’s and women’s teams to pay rent at the Markets Field, a substantial cost he believes is unsustainable for the newly formed women’s team.

Despite this, the Dubliner was quick to focus on what he described as a bright future for the newly form project, one that reaped the fruits of their labour last Sunday.

“We’ve worked hard the last couple of weeks,” added an upbeat Rooney.

“Since the last game we’ve done a lot of physical work and a lot of conditioning work.

“We had a good chat before the game to reset the values and reset the targets.

“I think we lost ourselves our way a little bit for the month of July, we were missing a lot of players.

“We looked for a reaction from the players and in fairness, to them, they were right at it from the start of the match.”

“This season was always going to be very hard,” added Rooney.

“My background would have been with the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 schoolgirls and that is why I was very conscious and adamant that we had an Under-17 team because these are the players that are going to feed through.

“This year, with the senior team, it was about getting a team out on the field and getting to know the league.

“I’ve never managed in the league and a lot of the players have never played in it either.

“Look, we’ve taken a few hidings but we’ve put in some really good performances in defeat.

“We’ve beaten Kilkenny a couple of times but we are looking to pick up results somewhere else and try and kick on and really start afresh next year and see if we can get a few more girls in and really have a good crack at it.

“We will be a lot more competitive next season.”

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