LIMERICK minor hurling manager Leo O’Connor had no complaints as his side made his exit from the All Ireland championship.
O’Connor bemoaned as lack of lessons learned, but insisted that Galway were the better team in Thurles this Sunday.
“Essentially it came down to the first five minutes after half time and we had warned them and warned them and thought we had them in a good position to go out after half time,” explained O’Connor, in reference to Tipperary’s scoring spree after half time in the Munster final defeat for Limerick.
“Small things again and at this level same things are the difference between winning and losing,” he sighed.
“We didn’t create goal chances and when you are at this level, you have got to create goal chances and we didn’t do that. If you look at it we didn’t take our goal chances in the Munster final - we got two and didn’t take them in the Munster final and we got no goal chance today. We scored 0-13 and that won’t win any match for you, especially in an All Ireland quarter final,” outlined the Claughaun man.
Galway now progress to play Kilkenny in the All Ireland semi final with Dublin facing Tipperary in the other semi final.
“Ultimately we have been beaten three times this year in championship hurling and that means we are not good enough and we said it inside that when you are beaten three times and get two chances of a backdoor and we never took them.”
Limerick beat Cork and Waterford but lost to Cork (in round one), Tipperary and Galway.
We scored 0-17 against Tipp and 0-13 today and we scored 1-14 against Cork - we have only got two goals in the championship and they are the things that see you beaten.”
In this clash with Galway, the Connacht side crowded their defence to nullify the Limerick threat.
“We knew Galway were going to play a sweeper and we had Oisin O’Reilly on today because we knew he would suit the sweeper system,” said O’Connor.
His side were only a point down after playing against the wind in the first half.
“We had no qualms - we weren’t good enough and we didn’t hurl well enough,” said O’Connor of the four point loss to Galway.
“The wind changed out there today - what else needs to go against us!” he sighed.
“We were beaten today and Galway deserve to go and play Kilkenny now.”