Wexford manager Jason Ryan 'devastated' by loss to Tipp

Updated: Saturday, 14 Jul 2012 23:22 | Comments

Jason Ryan watched on as his Wexford side hit 17 wides at Semple Stadium
Jason Ryan watched on as his Wexford side hit 17 wides at Semple Stadium

Wexford manager Jason Ryan was left "devastated" by his side’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifier loss to Tipperary at Semple Stadium.

The Slaneysiders were hot favourites to beat Tipperary in their Round II qualifier at Semple Stadium in Thurles, but fell agonisingly short as Ben Brosnan’s last-gasp attempt at an equaliser drifted narrowly wide.

“We’re devastated we are out of the Championship. It is absolutely devastating,” said Ryan.

“We had 17 missed scoring chances in the game... so there you go. We had enough opportunities in the game, just like we did against Dublin, but we just did not take them and that’s that.”

Ryan’s charges had 14-man Dublin on the ropes in the Leinster semi-final, but some erratic shooting by Wexford on the day allowed the All-Ireland champions to grind out a victory.

But the Model County’s boss was gracious in defeat and lavished praise on a Tipperary side that lead for the vast majority of the game.

“Tipperary had a good gameplan. They were well organised, well set out, had great determination and great belief. We kept coming back at them, but they lead the game from start to finish and they deserve great credit.

“Great credit is due to their management and their players. Rather than it being a case of what might have been for Wexford, it’s a case of well done to Tipperary and they deserve great credit."

The Waterford native future as Wexford boss will now come into question, but when asked by RTÉ’s Martin Kiely about the issue Ryan simply responded: “I have not even thought about it.”

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