Pat Donnelly says Limerick's U21 hurlers won't beat Tipperary next month unless they improve on their display against Clare last night.
The defending All-Ireland champions enjoyed a comfortable 14-point victory in Ennis last night but only managed to cut loose after the Banner County were reduced to 14 men at the start of the second half, setting up a June 21st semi-final showdown with the Premier County in Thurles.
"This performance won't be good enough to beat Tipperary and we know that," Donnelly told The Limerick Leader. "The venue doesn't make a difference but they will be a good team and training hard. Liam Cahill is over them and we were against them as minors and they will be well organised and hard to beat.
"We have we have six weeks to get as much right as we can. It will be a difficult six weeks because of the Munster senior championship. Nobody has been in this territory before. Seven of these lads are involved with the seniors and they have four championship matches, so we'll just get them at the end of that. Hopefully, they'll come back fit, at least. If we get all our lads back fit from the seniors we would hope to put up a good challenge."