What they said … the hurling weekend in quotes

May 21, 2018

Limerick manager John Kiely celebrates with his daughters Aoife and Ruth after his side's Munster SHC round 1 victory over Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds.
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"It's early doors. This is only round one. We'll have to go back to the drawing board again and look at that game."

John Kiely refused to get carried away following Limerick's impressive six-point success over Tipperary.

"We went off the rails a small bit for about five minutes when Clare got 1-2 and levelled it. We worked the ball up the field well which I was delighted with."

John Meyler and Cork also enjoyed a winning start to the Munster SHC.

"They (Cork) have some fine hurlers, they're one of the best teams in the country but there isn't that much between the sides."

Clare joint-manager Donal Moloney rued the failure to convert goal opportunities that came their way against the Rebels.

"There's no doubt in my mind, Wexford were the better team. The Dubs have improved out of measure, but I just think we made it hard on ourselves. I honestly believe that we should have filled that game off, once or twice."

The Model County didn't do themselves any favours against Dublin, according to Davy Fitz.

"It's not about making progress, it is about winning these two games. We didn't win them so we are very disappointed."

For the second week running, Pat Gilroy's Dublin was pipped at the post in the Leinster SHC.

"It is a brilliant challenge to be facing in Salthill. I suppose they have the advantage of not playing today. That is not an excuse. It is going to be a real test. It will help us find out where we are at."

After watching his side dispatch Offaly by nine points, Brian Cody switched his focus to All-Ireland champions Galway.

"We're disappointed, we thought we'd push them a little closer but the first-half wasn't up to standard. I just thought our work-rate wasn't really there in our forwards in the first-half but in fairness, they really worked in the second-half."

The Faithful County's Kevin Martin will demand his forwards roll up their sleeves ahead of Saturday's clash with Wexford.

"We were in the game right to the end, but did not finish it out, like what happened in Carlow, so we are very disappointed."

Fintan O'Connor and Kerry were unable to bring Westmeath's winning run in the Joe McDonagh Cup to an end.

"After losing last week, today was about winning and it keeps us in the mix."

Colm Bonnar guided Carlow to a four point win over Meath on home soil.

"Carlow are a well experienced side - they had more ball winners and finishers. We did well to stay with Carlow for so long and it could have gone either way."

Meath selector, and eight-time All-Ireland Kilkenny winner, Michael Kavanagh couldn't fault their players for effort.

"These fellas are very genuine. We're training very well, but it hasn't been transferring from the training field to the match day and I'm delighted for them."

Laois got their first Joe McDonagh points on the board at Antrim's expense and Eamonn Kelly was a relieved man after the final whistle.



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