This was the fourth time in the last 12 months Eamon O’Shea has had to front out the media after a knockout competition defeat.
Again, he refused to blame his players for the loss apart from mentioning the lack of discipline, which saw 1-9 conceded from frees.
He stayed on message, promising Tipperary’s day is coming.
“I thought the lads gave it everything — I thought it was a much better performance than last year in terms of trying to go out and try to do the things we wanted to do.
“Having said that, we were beaten today and these are worthy Munster champions. The Munster champions beat us so although we lost, I believe we have something in the dressing room and I believe we’ll show it before the end of the season.
“We have a very disappointed dressing room, naturally. I don’t have any excuses. We were a couple of points up and should have finished out the game. We were beaten in the 70th minute, injury-time, so we’re disappointed.”
With the total free count of 12 against Tipperary seeing Limerick register 10 scores, it was a day when they were truly made to pay for their fouls by the superb Shane Dowling.
“We seemed to give away a lot of frees. I think we’re a little bit tentative. That’s when your hurling isn’t exactly spot on. We had worked so hard to get our free count down — when we were under pressure we probably came back a little bit.
“I find it very hard to make sense of the game immediately afterwards, particularly given that we felt we were in the right frame of mind. I honestly feel they gave absolutely everything and am just in there thinking, ‘how do we get over the line in a game?’
“That’s the challenge for me but we’re up for it, although we’re disappointed, there’s not a feeling in the dressing room that it’s season ended.
“It’s a feeling we have to go back and get things right and have another shot at it. And we will do that.
“There’s fight in us — there’s definitely fight in us. Even though we didn’t get over the line today, I think we will at some stage make an impact in terms of what we want to do.
“It is very disappointing for the players and for the supporters who came for us.”
O’Shea confirmed midfielder James Woodlock was replaced late due to a chest infection. “We had a call this morning, three or four chest infections during the week. That’s why we didn’t announce (the team) until Saturday.”
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