Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody
Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody, was loud in his praise of Limerick following their thrilling win over the Cats in yesterday's All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-final in Thurles.
The Kilkenny boss felt Limerick showed real class when they shrugged off the concession of a goal to Richie Hogan in the 64th to fall 1-21 to 0-22 behind before bouncing back for victory, the first over the Cats in the senior championship since 1973.
"Obviously we got a goal at a very crucial time," the Kilkenny boss recalled of the big strike by the Danesfort attacker. "But I thought their response was terrific."
He said Limerick played very well and they showed serious spirit, and he wished them well in their quest for All-Ireland glory. The Shannonsiders face Munster champions, Cork, in the semi-finals in two weeks time.
Cody felt the Thurles shoot-out was a very good game, and there was serious spirit shown by both teams.
"Obvisouly conditions changed from what they had been for the past five or six weeks almost, so the ball was greasy and slippery and that was par for the course for all players," he said of the arrival of rain for the first time in over a month.
"We started off decent. We got a couple of nice scores and they came back strongly and dominated the last 15 minutes of the first half.
"Again in the second half I thought we went in strongly and we created some very good chances. From our point of view I thought we were excellent in so many facets of the play; attitude-wise, spirit-wise and hurling-wise.
"We created a huge amount of scoring opportunities I would say. Unfortunately they weren’t all converted, but that’s par for the course. On many days we didn’t create enough chances. But look, that’s sport.
"There’s always one winner at the end of the day, and today it wasn’t us," he concluded.
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