LIMERICK manager TJ Ryan was confronted by an angry supporter after the final whistle that confirmed defeat and Limerick hurling’s worst season since 2010.
And, All Star Shane Dowling was also involved in an exchange with another supporter as he departed down the tunnel in Thurles on Saturday evening after the Dublin defeat.
“That’s frustration - in fairness to the Limerick supporters they have been very good to me. That’s sport - you get the credit when you win and you get the blame when you lose and you have to take that on the chin,” said TJ Ryan of his incident.
Ryan isn’t to seek any action to be taken in relation to the incident.
“That’s passion and frustration - they want to win the same as myself,” added Ryan.
The disappointment of the exit of the senior hurlers was compounded by the controversial loss of the Limerick minor hurlers in yesterday’s Munster final. Leo O’Connor’s side were chasing an equalising goal when the referee blew the final whistle 40-seconds ahead of the signalled two minutes of injury time. There is no recourse for Limerick to seek a replay and the team now prepare for a July 25/26 All Ireland minor quarter final against Antrim.
Meanwhile, the senior defeat saw Limerick exit the championship ahead of the quarter final stage for just the third time in a decade.
“The dressing room is extremely disappointed because we put a lot of work in and we will get torn to pieces now for the next week or two and that’s the nature of the GAA and the way that your guys (journalists) and analysts have gone but look when you lose you deserve that,” said TJ Ryan.
He has another two years of his tenure to serve.
“Today is not the day for that,” he said when questioned on his future.
“The term is there - I gave every waking hour to this for the last couple of weeks and months and in fairness to the lads I have to credit them and the Limerick supporters, who have been very good to me. The players and the backroom team are fantastic but unfortunately when you come up short from my point of view as manager, you take the credit and also have to take the kick up the hole as well. When you get beaten, you can question everything. Hindsight is marvellous and sport is brilliant in hindsight but I thought we prepared well and picked the team well and thought we had done a good job on Dublin. When you win you are great and when you don’t, everyone questions you and that’s the nature of it.”