LIMERICK minor manager Brian Ryan has lauded the maturity shown by his players in the nine point win over Tipperary.
Limerick saw an eight point lead cut down to a single point early in the second half.
But Limerick finished strongly to advance to the Munster semi-final.
“We would have settled for a one point to win - to end up with nine was a bonus in the end. What impressed us was when Tipp came back at us and got goals that the response was quite quick and clinical with the goals we got,” said the manager.
“You could see among the players themselves that they were weren’t panicking - obviously in any grade or in any team confidence is a great thing and I think this team will get confidence now even though they didn’t play terribly well tonight,” said Ryan.
“It’s job done - it’s not our best performance but to win by nine points and not playing so great is good. We are pleased we have it over and lets move on and we have a lot of work to do.”
He added: “In the first half it took us a while to settle into it - we were a little bit nervy and a little bit ring rusty and expectations are a little higher so it took players a little time to settle”.
“This match will stand to them because they were good tough opposition - I wouldn’t be surprised if we were to meet them (Tipperary) further down the line,” said Ryan.
“We have potential within the panel and I thought the players that came in added a bit to it as well - overall we are pleased enough but it’s a work in progress. It’s only April 10 and we have eight or nine weeks to the next game.”
He was also pleased that work on the training ground had come to the fore.
Noteworthy was the amount of ball that Limerick won in the air.
“We have put an awful lot of effort into that, to try and improve certain aspects of our game and winning it in the air is what we have to do if we are to go anywhere in this championship - we need to win the primary ball and then the dirty ball that is in the ruck.”
Next up is Cork on June 25/26.
“Cork in the semi final and Cork will be good. They had a good win over Kerry - I know the opposition probably wasn’t the strongest but Cork will be out to get one over us - we have it here in the Gaelic Grounds, which is home advantage and hopefully we can add to this. We have about 10 on the panel doing the Leaving Certificate so that’s a challenge but in fairness to the guys they are a very focused bunch and we organise training sessions around their Leaving Certificate and they are mature”, explained the manager.