LIMERICK intermediate hurling manager Don Flynn has pin-pointed a lack of a goal threat as a key reason for defeat in Wednesday’s Munster IHC Final against Cork.
“We knew coming here tonight that we would need a goal or two to win the match and I don’t think we had a shot on goal all night,” sighed Flynn after Limerick fell two points short of a first provincial title at this grade since 2008.
“We just fell a small bit short - I think we were chasing the game for a lot of the game. If we had another half a minute maybe we would have got the draw but they were an excellent team and were very well organised and we found it hard to break them down when they were playing a second centre back,” explained Flynn.
Limerick played against the wind in the first half and tailed 0-11 to 0-8 at the break.
“We were very happy going in at half time because we were starting to get into the game about 10-minutes before half time and they were against the wind and we felt we had everything going for us in the second half but they closed the game down and we just couldn’t get through them,” said Killeedy’s Flynn.
His side were to end with eight wides - Cork had five.
“We had a few scores we should have got and you are always going to miss a few but at the end of the day if we had got one or two of them we would have won the match but that’s the way hurling goes and you just have to pick it up again and move on.”
With eight minutes to play, Cork were 0-20 to 1-14 clear.
“It was good the way they came back - they worked really hard and that’s a trait they have had for the last couple of games when they fought and fought and it’s hard to get scores against us and Cork had scored 28-points against Waterford in the last game and I think the lads did well enough to hold them to 20-points but unfortunately we didn’t put up enough at the other side,” outlined the Limerick manager.
“In the last 10-minutes we really came into it but we had let them go too far ahead and we had to peg them back after they were six points up at one stage.”
“We weren’t far off it but it’s just disappointing because they put in a big effort to this and I am sure it will bring them players on an awful lot - the experience of playing in a Munster final and the last day of playing in front of 30,000 people in the Gaelic Grounds. That’s huge experience that can only be good for them,” said Flynn of an exciting future for some of his players.