Nenagh Manager Liam Heffernan had no regrets after one of the tightest county finals in years - a game which could so easily have ended in a draw.
He spoke to The Tipperary Star moments after leaving a devastated dressingroom and said: “Any time you lose by a point is heartbreaking. They are are very cut inside in the dressingroom. I suppose when were five/six points up in the first half we should have drove on at that stage, but we took our foot off the gas a little. At the end of the day we were still four points up at half time and during the second half again.
“Loughmore are a good team, they are resilient and they kept fighting. At the end of the day Noel McGrath was the difference - he is a real quality player and he was able to get scores from the all over the field.
“Full marks to our lads, they battled right up to the end and didn’t die. We are very proud of them. We had a fantastic year and as tough a journey as any club team ever had. We played Sarsfields on June 6th - the same day as the Normandy invasion in World War 11 and it felt like that too. But, going over to the Ragg that day a lot of people felt that we would be finished but we grew from that and took on every obstacle that was put in front of us, including Drom-Inch, and came out on top. Maybe today we were a little bit flat after two games against Kildangan, but full marks to Loughmore they are a great team.
“We have regrets but we are not offering any excuses. Overall we tried our best but over sixty minutes a point is nothing - the margins are very very small and we feel we still could have won that game.
“There is nobody on our team between 23 and 30 and for the older lads on the team we would be anxious that they would stay on.
“I have told them that they could be doing a lot worse with their lives than being up in the hurling field two or three nights a week. The best way for them to progress the club is to stay and bridge the gap,” he said.