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TJ Ryan: 'I’m entitled to plenty of criticism now, I knew that after the last day'

Limerick boss under more pressure after 11-point defeat to Waterford.

Tom Morrissey dejected Three second-half goals downed Tom Morrissey and Limerick in Sunday's Division 1 semi-final. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

LIMERICK BOSS TJ Ryan is bracing himself for another wave of criticism after Sunday’s defeat to Waterford.

Limerick led early in the second half of the league semi-final at Semple Stadium but capitulated and shipped three goals in an 11-point defeat.

Ryan, who lashed out at ‘vultures’ with ‘hidden agendas’ after the win over Dublin earlier this month, said there will be no way to avoid the Treaty’s critics this time.

“Today is a disappointing day,” he said after the 3-23 to 1-18 loss.

We have to take that on the chin. I have to take it on the chin. It wasn’t good enough and we have to get back to the training ground and work our socks off for the next few weeks.

“It’s going to be difficult but I believe we have the guys to do it.”

TJ Ryan Ryan: "You don’t need to be a genius to work out that that wasn’t good enough." Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Limerick missed out on promotion to Division 1A but had a chance to draw a line under that disappointment by booking the county’s first top-flight final in 10 years.

Now they face a massive nine-week wait before they kick off their championship with a Munster semi-final against either Tipperary or Cork on 19 June.

Ryan added: “I’m entitled to plenty of criticism now, I knew that after the last day.

That second-half performance, you don’t need to be a genius to work out that that wasn’t good enough.

“Waterford were miles ahead of us in the second half. They got ahead and had the breeze and their gameplan kicked in.

“It was going to be difficult for us to break it down but we made a lot of basic errors.”

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