TJ Ryan reveals a “heated” half time dressing room set Limerick fightback in motion

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

TJ Ryan, Limerick manager, in Innovate Wexford Park
LIMERICK hurling manager TJ Ryan revealed that some harsh words were needed in the Limerick dressing room at half time in Wexford.

LIMERICK hurling manager TJ Ryan revealed that some harsh words were needed in the Limerick dressing room at half time in Wexford.

Limerick had played with the wind and trailed 3-9 to 2-9 in the key promotion battle.

But the manager got the required response from players to snatch victory to remain unbeaten in 2015.

“That was a tremendous second half performance,” beamed the relieved manager.

“I didn’t think we did ourselves justice in the first half and conceded a couple of sloppy enough goals by our own standards. We were right points down and playing with the wind but clawed our way back into it and three points down at half time was probably a good result for us,” he recalled.

“We might have got a little bit heated at half time but in fairness to this bunch of lads they knew that the standard in the first half wasn’t good enough and they redeemed themselves big time in the second half.”

Ryan outlined how some of the Wexford scores had come from “ball errors and handling errors” on behalf his players.

“We would have been disappointed with the first half performance but I would have to say in the second half, when the game had to be won, our guys won all the battles all over the pitch,” he said in praise of his team.

Ryan added: “I thought the second half performance, in terms of effort, character and digging in to get the result was absolutely unreal”.

“I thought defensively we were very strong for the first 10-minutes of the second half when we dug-in and started to win more ball. The goal from Declan (Hannon) got us back into the game and overall the character shown all over the pitch in the second half was great and to get this result down here is really pleasing,” he recalled.

“Heading into the last seven or eight minutes we found ourselves three points down playing into the breeze and we went for the jugular and maybe a point was there for the taking but in fairness to our lads they got the goal and kicked on,”

“Any team that has come down here in the past has earned it and Wexford have a good home record - after last year’s championship they were always going to be gunning for us and we were prepared for that and I thought training had gone well during the week.”

“This was going to be a difficult game for us and we knew that. To get a win down here is a huge result for us.”