Substitute Conor Fitzgerald pulled narrowly wide in the first-half, while Peter Casey was twice denied by Kilkenny ‘keeper Darren Brennan on 37 and 38 minutes respectively. Late on, both Ronan Lynch and Barry Nash saw their efforts repelled. Try and try as they did, Limerick simply could not find the net.
“You need those breaks and we just didn’t get them today,” surmised Ryan.
“Kilkenny were a big team and they played well. We needed to be a bit crisper on the ball closer to goal. Our striking was a little bit slow and Kilkenny were great at the hooking, blocking and winning the dirty ball.”
“I think this is a particularly good Kilkenny team that are backboned by two All-Ireland colleges finalists. I wouldn’t underestimate their victory today. They had to be a good team to beat us and they were a good team. It took goals to beat us and they got the goals and we didn’t give up lightly. Kilkenny were good and they had to earn it.”
“I would hope to see these young lads back playing for Limerick in the future and that is part of our job.
“We want to get these boys representing their county for many years to come.
“And I have no doubt that a good cohort of those lads will play with distinction for Limerick.”