Limerick suffered heartbreak on Saturday evening last, following their All-Ireland Football third round qualifier loss to Kildare at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise.
Treaty Captain Ger Collins was understandably disappointed at the final whistle, and admitted to Sports News Ireland that his side should have ground out the win.
“It was a hard-fought game that we should have seen out,” the Monaleen star said, “but Kildare showed us their quality in extra-time.”
“It was a very positive performance for next season though, and a lot of young lads have stood up for us throughout this year’s championship,” Ger finished.
The Treaty men largely dominated in the first 70 minutes, thanks to impressive showings from Ian Ryan, Paudie Browne and Stephen Lucey and raced to a 0-7 to 0-4 lead at half-time, and had led by a solitary point with only seconds to spare.
However, a careless loss in possession saw Kildare’s Emmet Bolton winning possession deep in his own half. The wing-back made a blistering run, and exchanged a pass from Peter Kelly to hold his composure to slot the ball over the bar, and take the game to extra-time, much to the despair of the Limerick following.
Lily Whites then dominated proceedings in extra-time, with scores from Paidi O’Neill, Michael Foley and Seanie Johnston confirming their progression into next weekend’s fourth round qualifier fixtures.
Limerick manager Maurice Horan was noticeably devastated following the loss. Speaking to Irish Examiner, he said that the result was “gut-wrenching”.
“We were 30 seconds from knocking them out, and they got an unbelievable score from their own corner,” Horan continued.
“We did well and we have to hold our heads up high. We’ve been right up punching with the heavyweights and that’s the thing about Limerick people, they have this never-say-die attitude and you see that in other sports,” the Treaty boss finished.