LIMERICK manager TJ Ryan was left to rue the two crucial goals that decided the 2014 Munster SHC final.
Ryan felt that the first goal was always going to decide this contest on Leeside.
“We are very disappointed - Munster finals are there for winning. We would love to have won it but it wasn’t to be,” said Ryan with a shake of his head.
“I think Cork just edged it in the finish and got some good scores and the first goal was always going to be crucial.”
He added: “We had some half chances in the first half and they got the chance in the second half and took it”.
“That was one of the key turning points,” he said.
“There were two big turnovers in the second half - we had a chance of a point and they cleared and went down the field and got a score. Then the second goal we were coming away with the ball and lost it - two big turnovers but that is hurling and that happens,” illustrated the Limerick manager of the tight margins that decided this Munster final.
His side dominated the start but couldn’t get enough scores on the board.
“Maybe in the first half we had a couple of half chances and just didn’t click for us. When they got the goal it put them in the driving seat and in a game that was tit-for-tat and was ebbing and flowing a goal was always going to be critical. We had a couple of chances early on and could have been a couple more ahead. We were in control in that part of the game but look that is hurling and you are not going to dominate for 70-minutes. They came back at us and went three points up and in fairness to our lads we got three points before half time to get in level at the break,” recalled TJ Ryan.
He added: “We should have been a couple of points up at half time.”
“We were happy with most of the first half - possession wise we did ok but it was just we weren’t scoring and felt we needed to convert a few more chances and we didn’t win it on the day. It was always going to take something special to win it and it just fell Cork’s way - Harnedy took his goal well and that was the difference. I thought we created a couple of half chances and the goal didn’t come our way. That’s hurling, you got to take your chances. We scored 24-points and it wasn’t good enough on the day,” outlined Ryan.
But he was proud of his side’s efforts.
“I couldn’t fault any of the guys - it wasn’t to be,” said the Limerick manager to the gathered media.