TJ Ryan accepts its back to the drawing board for his Limerick hurlers ahead of the championship.
After a Division 1B campaign that ended in failure to secure promotion, Limerick altered their formation in the two knockout games.
While the new sweeper system helped Limerick overcome Dublin in the quarter final, Waterford inflicted an 11-point semi final defeat on Sunday.
“We have to assess the whole thing,” accepted Ryan after the league semi final loss.
“The last day was a good win against Dublin and today was another good opportunity for Limerick to get to a league final but we were well beaten in the second half. We need as many games at the top level as we can get and that’s why winning the last day was important and it would have been nice to win again today but it wasn’t to be,” sighed the Limerick manager.
“It worked in Dublin,” said Ryan of the sweeper role.
“Pushing on and leaving a whole lot of space for Waterford wasn’t an option. It had been documented that Waterford hadn’t scored goals and we had hoped to be able to keep them out and make it a battle but once they got the goals they made it very difficult for us. We had spoken about their system and worked against it but it is difficult and we found that out today - this is a defence that had held Kilkenny to 10-points. We had 12-points at half time and were in a good position and thought if we kept going and didn’t conceded soft but it wasn’t to be,” said Ryan in defence of the Limerick tactics.
Limerick now face a wait until June 19 for the Munster championship with a semi final ahead against Cork or Tipperary.