Limerick star verbally abused after Tipperary defeat

Joe Quaid has claimed Limerick star Cian Lynch left the Semple Stadium pitch “visibly upset” after he was verbally abused by a spectator following Sunday’s Munster SHC semi-final defeat to Tipperary.

Limerick star verbally abused after Tipperary defeat

Kildare manager Quaid, a former Limerick senior goalkeeper, witnessed the incident while mingling with supporters. Quaid says that Lynch (20) was talking to his uncle Sean Carey when a supporter began shouting abuse. Quaid, a second cousin of current Limerick goalkeeper and team captain Nickie, admits that he was “very tempted” to get involved but that Carey defended his nephew.

“I was very tempted but to be fair, Seanie Carey, his uncle, stood up for him,” Quaid revealed.

“I’d be hoping he (Lynch) wouldn’t take it to heart.

“I got plenty of abuse over the years, you have to park it.

“If we scored a goal and snuck it by a point, they’d have been out patting him on the back. That’s the nature of sport.”

Quaid added: “I don’t know what he said to him (Lynch). Cian was over talking to Seanie Carey and he (spectator) was giving him abuse, which is a disgrace.

“He (Lynch) just walked away and went into the dressing room. He walked away visibly upset.

“Guys like him, you have to allow him the freedom to play. He’s a natural talent but I don’t think we’re getting the best out of him. You see him running through the middle and he was taking on the Tipp defence through the centre, the place where they seemed most vulnerable, and no-one going with him.

“He ended up running into dead ends and then people were giving out that he didn’t hit the ball.”

Quaid conceded that Limerick looked “rudderless” on Sunday and he wants to see a return to some “core values” as the Shannonsiders prepare for the qualifiers.

“We need to get back to our core values of hard work and commitment to the cause,” Quaid insisted. “There’s too much prestige associated with hurling for Limerick. While we want players to be looked after well, it’s something I think that might be a bit of a sideshow. We need to get back to the basics and pride in the jersey. We looked a bit rudderless.

“There was no ‘in your face’ aggression, what Limerick would normally bring to the table. Our first touch was scandalous, very bad. I know conditions were poor but Tipp’s first touch was way ahead of us.”

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