TJ Ryan: Limerick were 'spot on' in the manner which they beat Wexford

Updated: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 20:38 | Comments

Paul Browne was on hand to slot home Limerick's fourth goal at Semple Stadium
Paul Browne was on hand to slot home Limerick's fourth goal at Semple Stadium


Limerick manager TJ Ryan felt his side were well primed ahead of their clash with Wexford in Sunday's All-Ireland hurling quarter-final.

The Shannonsiders ran out emphatic 4-26 to 1-11 winners at Semple Stadium to set up a date with Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final on 10 August.

For Ryan, the victory will no doubt ease the frustration he felt following the Munster final defeat to Cork.

"I felt in the Munster final, and maybe it was may own fault, that we did too much training in the week of the match," he told RTÉ Sport.

"I was kicking myself afterwards.That said {the Cork game} did bring us on and I felt we were spot on today. I would have been extremely disappointed if things had not gone our way.

"The performance was very good and very professional."

TJ Ryan

When asked about the easy nature of their win over Liam Dunne's side, Ryan concluded that a team can only go to the well so often,

"The intensity that is required to perform at a really high level for four weeks on the trot is asking a lot.

"I think to be fair to Wexford that their run was going to come to a halt at some stage. I know adrenaline can keep you going, but it is difficult."

Next up for the Limerick boss is a clash with the Cats. The Garryspillane clubman does not wholly support the view that a tougher test against Wexford would have left them in better shape to face Brian Cody's charges.

For him, his team are now where they want to be at this stage of the season.

" Preparing for an All-Ireland semi-final is never going to be difficult," he added.

"It’s a great position to be in. From the players’ point of view it was the goal at the start of the year to get back there. 

"We have a one hell of a match coming up in two weeks’ time. It’s a great challenge for myself, the backroom team and the players." 

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