Manager TJ Ryan described Limerick’s victory over Tipp as “sweet” - Ryan insisted that his side had proven the doubters wrong and that disrespect was a key motivating factor.
“We have been going on about it for the last couple of weeks that we were still Munster champions and that crown is still with us and maybe people had dismissed it - even some of ye (media) here talking about Tipp and Clare Munster finals,” Limerick manager TJ Ryan said with a smile.
“Defending champions in all sports are usually hard to beat and we brought that to the table - winning takes talent, which the lads showed last year, repeating it takes character and I thought we showed tremendous character today,” explained the Garryspillane man.
“When the shenanigans happened a few weeks ago the easy thing was ‘that’s the usual Limerick thing’ but in fairness to the lads they kept their powder dry and didn’t say anything and they gave me a great response and I will be forever indebted to them for that,” TJ Ryan explained.
The win was also Limerick’s first over Tipperary in Semple Stadium, Thurles since 1973.
“The record in Thurles going back to ‘73 was always going to be a difficult one to break,” TJ Ryan added.
“Tipp, to be fair to them, are a fantastic team and I’ve admired their forwards in the league semi-final and final and they are a good side - to beat them today was sweet, there is no doubt about that.
“Look, when you win everything you do looks like it was the right decision, but in fairness to the lads they showed tremendous character. The thing to remember is that we have only won a Munster semi-final today and we are into a final and that’s what we set out to achieve and we did it and we are back in a Munster final, which is great,” TJ Ryan said.
“It looked like it was gone, but what a finish and what a goal and a couple of scores - it was to be our day.”