Limerick manager TJ Ryan believes that his side need to be more “ruthless” in front of goal but that they will go into Sunday’s clash with in-form Wexford with confidence despite losing to Cork.
Limerick were beaten in the Munster final after two second-half goals but Ryan saw plenty of positives to take into this weekend’s All-Ireland quarter-final in Semple Stadium (2pm).
“We were reasonably pleased with our performance in the Munster final,” he told RTÉ Sport. “Obviously, any day you lose is not a good day, but we put the disappointment behind us, got back to the training pitch and picked the pieces back up.
“You have to take your chances, and for us, the chances came early on. It was level at half-time but we felt we had the lion’s share of possession in the first half.
“We definitely had the better chances. We didn’t take them and the key difference between the two teams at the end of the day was that they took theirs and we didn’t take ours.
Ryan, like many others, has been very impressed with the form of a Wexford side who dispatched All-Ireland champions Clare after a replay and followed that up by edging out Waterford.
“I’m very impressed,” said Ryan. “They’re very physically strong, very fit, great movement. The game plan is working for them and you’d have to be impressed with them. They play with a lot of tenacity and aggression.
“They look back to their best but from our point of view it’s important that we focus on the job at hand. There’s a good prize for the winners, a place in the last four.
“We need to concentrate on our own strengths and going to Thurles might slightly favour us as well. It’s important that we bring our ‘A’ game to the table because that’s what will be required.
"Wexford look back to their best but from our point of view it’s important that we focus on the job at hand" - TJ Ryan
Ryan also believes that the shorter gap between games will allow Limerick to improve on their Munster display.
“We’ve had two games. Maybe the six-week gap the last day [before playing Cork] is a long time but now we’ve had two weeks.
“We have to try and develop that performance in the Munster final, tidy up a few loose ends, be a bit more ruthless up front and take the chances when they come our way and hopefully that’s good enough.”