LIMERICK’s minor hurling manager Brian Ryan believes that securing an All Ireland final appearance is just reward for the hard work of many.
Sunday’s win booked just a seventh ever All Ireland final appearance for the Limerick minors.
Victory has only come to Limerick on three occasions - 1940, 1958 and 1984.
“We are delighted - that was a good over all performance. Those scores were great - to get up on 30 points is very good. We hit some purple patches today and we are very pleased with that,” said a delighted Limerick manager outside the dressing room beneath the Cusack Stand.
“It’s great for everybody involved in the academy structures, its great for the clubs, for Bord na nOg, for parents who have driven these young lads up and down the county for the last 10-15 years - it’s a very powerful day for a lot of people involved in the GAA in Limerick,” outlined Ryan.
“We took some good scores early on and we were delighted with that,” he recalled of the 0-6 to 0-1 lead after seven minutes.
The manager felt that the experience of last year’s extra time semi-final loss to Galway, stood to his side.
“The guys on 18-years of age, the more mature players who had been here last year, we firmly believe that experience stood to them and if we can get Limerick teams at all grades here on a more frequent basis it will put us in a better position,” he said.
Limerick have now beaten Tipperary, Cork, Waterford and Galway to reach the final against Kilkenny.
“This team is evolving as we go along and that’s important. We are not there yet and we are continuously trying to squeak it to get the best combination - we had Colin Ryan back half back today,” he illustrated.
“We went out again searching for players in the last couple of weeks and we have added two new lads to the panel and Barry Murphy came on today, having only joined the panel two weeks ago. You have a very competitive environment in training where guys are continuously looking for a place on the panel or team,” said Ryan.
“There is a lot of work gone into this team - we have gone up the by-roads and side-roads of Ireland trying to play matches and watch and analyse other teams and at minor level you have to know the team you are playing and out-wit them and that’s what we tried to do today,” said Ryan, who has selectors in Eamonn Cregan, Steve McDonogh and Jerry Wallace.