Limerick manager John Brudair has expressed his delight at his side’s performance in the All Ireland SFC Qualifier win over Antrim in the Gaelic Grounds.
“I’m delighted with the win, delighted with the performance and delighted with a lot of aspects of the performance,” Brudair said.
“We defended very well but we were careless with the ball coming out of defence after we turned them over.”
However, Limerick’s ball retention improved in the second half, a point which impressed the Limerick boss.
“We created a lot of chances because we started to keep the ball.”
Limerick trailed Antrim by two points at half time but were still confident in their ability, according to the manager.
“There was no panic in the dressing room at half time. It was our errors that was giving them confidence.”
Antrim finished the match poorly, just as they did against Donegal in the Ulster Championship. This was a trend which Limerick looked to exploit.
“We noticed that in the end of their last few championship games they faded towards the last 20 minutes. We knew our fitness was good.
“We set ourselves a target of being in the game with five, 10 minutes to go,” Brudair revealed.
Another notable aspect of the game was a rare win against Ulster opposition for the Limerick footballers.
“They came down confident; a lot of people expected them to win. They were the bookies favourites, I believe.” The Limerick manager admitted having now led Limerick to the last 16 in the country.
Brudair also refused to criticise referee Martin Higgins for failing to dish out black cards to any of the Antrim players.
“Sometimes refs deem that the penalty is enough punishment,” Brudair said adding that he believed the referee had no impact on the result in any way.
John Galvin, playing in his 16th championship season, was also happy with Limerick’s second half performance.
“It was a game of two halves, I don’t think we really performed in the first half,” Galvin admitted.
“We picked it up in the second half, got a second wind and we went at them and got a lot of scores.”
Antrim manager Liam Bradley was furious with the performance of the referee.
“The man doesn’t know the rules,” he fumed. “He had a hand up for advantage but he wasn’t playing advantage, he didn’t know what he was doing.”
“That fella out there was a disgrace,” he added.
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