Minor boss Ryan confident Limerick can improve

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Limerick's Sean Finn, left, and Sean Flanagan close in on Waterford's Conor Gleeson in the drawn Munster minor hurling championship final at the Gaelic Grounds
LIMERICK hurling manager, Brian Ryan insisted he was disappointed his side hadn’t managed to secure a dramatic last gasp victory over Waterford in their hugely entertaining provincial final at the Gaelic Grounds.

LIMERICK hurling manager, Brian Ryan insisted he was disappointed his side hadn’t managed to secure a dramatic last gasp victory over Waterford in their hugely entertaining provincial final at the Gaelic Grounds.

Limerick – who had been eight points down with 10 minutes remaining – produced a storming late comeback to send the thrilling final to a replay.

With momentum behind them, the Shannonsiders created a number of openings in added time which could have led to an unlikely winner, but the opportunities were spurned.

Limerick manager Ryan believes his side have the ability to pick their performance up a level for the replay which is due to take place on Tuesday, July 23 at a venue tbc. The fixture is likely to take place in either the Gaelic Grounds once again or Semple Stadium.

Brian Ryan said: “I am disappointed not to have won the game. We had two chances in the last 30 seconds to win the game. We will take what we get at this stage.

“This is Waterford’s fourth game and they had extra time. It stood to them. They are an experienced outfit. We don’t have as much experience. This is our second championship game. Waterford hit the ground running with the benefit of those matches.

“It took our lads some time to get to the pace of the game. We really got into it only in the last 20 minutes.

“There is great character in those young men.

“We have a strong group of players and they all put their name in the hat for selection. That is the way to have it.

“This is a young team. We have seven guys under-17 years of age. The physicality of the Waterford guys was evident today. It is a learning curve for us and we are on the unward arc of that curve.”