What they said … the hurling weekend in quotes

June 04, 2018

Waterford's Noel Connors and goalkeeper Stephen O'Keeffe argue with the umpire after Waterford were awarded a goal during their side's Munster SHC round 3 clash at the Gaelic Grounds.
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"It was no goal, and it's after costing us a point. But it's dog eat dog in Munster, so it is. We've to come back up here next Sunday and beat Limerick now. When you're not having any luck, you're not having any luck. But I'm so proud of the lads."

Deise selector Dan Shanahan isn't dwelling on the controversial goal that denied them maximum points.

"It's a little raw, straight after the final whistle, but a draw against a very good Tipperary team isn't a bad result either. It does put us on the board, and still gives us a chance to make the Munster final."

Goalkeeper Stephen O'Keeffe echoed Shanahan's sentiments.

"No we don't give in, we won't give in. Look if that's just thickness fair enough, we're just thick. But that's what we are. We're here to play and we don't give in. Matches, time and time again, super matches have been won in the last two minutes of the game or the last 30 seconds."

Tipp produced another Lazarus-like comeback and Michael Ryan hailed his team's never-say-die attitude.

"It was a fantastic game of hurling, a phenomenal game. I'm just so proud of my lads, they worked so hard, kept their composure, kept their cool."

14-man Limerick did manager John Kiely proud on Saturday evening.

"On to Waterford now in two weeks' time. We could use a week off, we will be fresher and we will be ready to go."

After three games in as many weeks, Cork boss John Meyler is looking forward to a break next weekend.

"It's a little bit sore, just a belt of a hurl, that's all. It's a kind of sore one to get but it's fine, it will be grand in a few days."

A knee injury brought 'man-of-the-match' Joe Canning's participation in Innovate Wexford Park to a premature end.

"We lost to a better team. I thought we were very flat today, couldn't get it going. There seemed to be no energy about us, don't know why that was. Lads kept battling away but there was only one team out there today and that was Galway."

There were no complaints from Davy Fitzgerald following the Model County's 0-17 to 1-23 defeat.

"I don't think [relegation] is going to be better for Offaly hurling but we are gone down there and that's it. We're going to have to get together and regroup, just train the way we have been training and just try and get build up a bit more and get more developed and win the Joe McDonagh next year."

Kevin Martin has a big job on his hands trying to restore Offaly as a hurling force to be reckoned with.

"It's disappointing for them to go down and it's harsh on them the system probably mitigated against them [with] four games in-a-row. When things started to go against them you could see it was difficult for them to get back at it."

Dublin manager Pat Gilroy has sympathy for the Faithful County's plight.

"If they won that, if they're as good as they think they are, they'd be back in the MacCarthy Cup next year. The week later they'd play in a preliminary quarter-final. Isn't that a recipe for building a young team? This is a blessing for Offaly if they treat it as such. Self pity will get them nowhere."

Sunday Game pundit Ger Loughnane believes the Faithful County can make progress via the Joe McDonagh Cup next year.



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