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TJ Ryan: Cork were slightly better

Updated: Monday, 14 Jul 2014 07:32 | Comments

TJ Ryan congratulates the Cork players
TJ Ryan congratulates the Cork players

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In assesment of his side's display in the Munster hurling final, Limerick hurling boss TJ Ryan felt that Cork were just marginally the better side.

The Shannonsiders lost their provincial crown after going down on a 2-24 to 0-24 scoreline against the Rebels at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

In his post-match briefing, Ryan could not fault his players and felt that the Rebels just about edged the encounter.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "We scored 0-24. Our lads gave it everything. The first goal was going to be critical. They got it and it was a good score. They (Cork) were a little bit slicker in front of goals. At the end of the day, they slightly edged it and I have no qualms."

"Trying to beat Cork down here (in Páirc Uí Chaoimh) is very, very difficult."

At half-time, Limerick at Cork were level at 0-12 each. It was generally felt that Ryan's side should have been ahead.

"They (Cork) were a little bit slicker in front of goals" - TJ Ryan

However, the manager wasn't keen to dwell on that point.

"Looking back on it, yes, we had a few chances and missed some frees," Ryan added.

"These things can happen. It’s a pressure cooker. In fairness to our lads they battled and gave it everything they had. We just came up that bit short on the day."

It was also put to Ryan what impact the extra matches that Cork played had ahead of the decider.

Again, the manager efused to be drawn

"“It’s hard to know. When you lose, you look at everything. To win matches, you have to take every single chance that comes your way.

"We had two major turnovers in the second half where were critical points in the game. At the time I thought we were hanging in there very well."

A date with Waterford or Wexford awaits Limerick in the All-Ireland quarter-final on 27 July.

Ryan is looking forward to the challenge.

"Our job now is to pick things up. We’re out again in two weeks time. There’s a good opportunity there.

"In fairness to Cork last year when they lost the Munster final, they picked the pieces up and came very close to winning the All-Ireland. We know what’s at stake and we know what we have to do.

"We’ll have a fair rattle off it yet."

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