Sport Hurling

Saturday 16 December 2017

Dublin defeat crowns awful Limerick season

Limerick manager TJ Ryan
Limerick manager TJ Ryan

John Mullane

Saturday's defeat to Dublin capped a hugely disappointing season for Limerick.

Coming from where they were last year, so close to an All-Ireland final, 2015 represents a massive backward step for TJ Ryan (right) and his squad.

They were one team I really felt would push on this year but they failed to gain promotion again, lost the Munster semi-final to Tipp and were dumped out at the weekend.

They only have themselves to blame, having been eight points up and totally dominant in the possession stakes.

It seemed as they though felt they had the hard work done and could canter home from there.

But credit to Dublin for showing huge character to claw their way back. It was a difficult week for them following Mick Carton's decision to quit the panel and I'm sure he had mixed feelings at the weekend.

He will have been delighted for his team-mates but disappointed that he wasn't involved. I thought he should have stuck the year out.

After the Galway result, I would have given up on this Dublin team but after leaving Thurles with their tails between their legs last year, they smashed through a psychological barrier at Semple Stadium.

But now they're in the last six, just one step away from an All-Ireland semi-final.

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