LIMERICK hurling manager, TJ Ryan admitted it was a case of back to the drawing board for his side after their 16-point thumping at the hands of Tipperary in the Munster semi-final.
Ryan insisted preparations had gone well for the provincial semi-final showdown with their great rivals as Limerick looked to build on their thrilling first round win over Clare.
Limerick boss Ryan said: “It was disappointing from our point of view now to get beaten like that. I thought the preparations had gone well. I thought we had a good side. We have to go back to the drawing board.”
“We didn’t play well enough early on. We found ourselves six points down at half-time after playing with the wind in the first half. We would have been disappointed.
“We started the second half quite well, had chances to level it and then we found ourselves four points down again. When you cough up goals to a team like Tipperary you are going to pay the price.
“The second goal was especially disappointing from our point of view. We needed to be in front at half-time, and were weren’t.
“It is not over. We are out of the Munster championship, so we have to go and regroup, review that game, kick on. That was a particularly bad beating in the finish. We shipped a lot of scores, a few goals.
“That is the job now to go and basically pick it up, go after these.”
“We knew the intensity and aggression wasn’t there in the first half. We knew we had to go after it. We upped the ante in the first 15 or 16 minutes after half-time. We played extremely well during that period.
“We played the way Limerick should be playing. After that, we found ourselves four points down again, difficult position and when you cough up goals you are going to pay the price.
“I think it was the mistakes we made that cost us. For the second goal there were a number of occasions we had the ball, coughed it up and ended up conceding.”
Struggling Limerick replaced both starting midfielders and their full-back on a forgettable day for the Shannonsiders.
Ryan said: “It wasn’t a going day for a couple of guys. Look, that can happen. When you are playing against top quality opposition, they are going to hurt you. We had 12 points on the board at half-time which wouldn’t be bad, but I suppose you would be looking for a little bit more with the wind behind you.”