LIMERICK hurling manager TJ Ryan insists that all is not lost for Limerick after the Allianz League draw with Waterford.
“I think there are one of two more twists and turns in this league - they are all very competitive games,” said the Garryspillane man.
Ryan and selectors Paul Beary, Mark Lyons and Davy Clarke handed our four league debuts.
Especially in attack, there was a new-look to the Limerick formation.
“These guys have come in and done well,” said the manager of the newcomers in his 32-man panel.
“We were unfortunate with Declan Hannon getting injured with Mary Immaculate during the week and David Breen getting injured in training Thursday night,” outlined the manager of the need for late changes with Niall Moran and Patrick Begley brought into the team.
“In fairness to the guys they were all thrown together in the end but look I thought the guys battled really well and there was a bit of aggression there which is good to see,” said Ryan.
“We would like to have won it and it was a great score by Richie (McCarthy) but look credit Waterford and they came back although I thought that last lineball was ours but they are the joys of hurling,” said Limerick manager TJ Ryan.
“We started well with the goal but definitely after that Waterford were the better team in the first half and we found ourselves four points down at half time,” accepted Ryan, who was leading Limerick into league action for the first time as manager.
“We only played in fits-and-starts but certainly the second half performance was encouraging and around the pitch we won a lot of the battles and that was good but the disappointing thing for us is that we went ahead and didn’t win it.”
Ultimately the slow start cost Limerick.
“We didn’t play that well and from our point of view we weren’t showing for the ball as much as we would have liked to but in fairness to Waterford they played a nice style of hurling and got some good scores from out the field and got some handy frees too!,” said Ryan of the first half.
“James Ryan came on in the second half and he dropped back a bit into the pocket and won a lot of ball - I thought in the second half our guys did really well,” said TJ.