What they said … the hurling weekend in quotes

July 01, 2019

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates after the Leinster SHC final victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

“That man would die for us, and we’d die for him!”

The Davy Fitzgerald effect as described by Wexford joint-captain Matt O’Hanlon.

“I remember when I went to Wexford first, a lot of people told me ‘don’t bother, they haven’t a chance of doing nothing’. I f**king loved when that final whistle went.”

Davy Fitz and the Model County proved their doubters wrong.

“We leave today in the quarter-final of the Championship. That’s the most important thing really.”

Brian Cody will be an interested spectator at next weekend’s All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-final between Cork and Westmeath.

“A lot of questions were asked of us over the last number of months, people were second guessing whether we’d have the appetite or the desire to come back and to have the hunger to go after these things. I can assure you there’s no lack of desire, there’s no lack of hunger and there’s no lack of want to get out there and to hunt down that ball, to win our ball back and to make the most of it.”

Hunger isn’t an issue for John Kiely’s Munster champions.

“We knew Limerick would up it a gear. But they went up a fair few gears today. The players are hurting right now, but for us the healing process starts this evening.”

There were no complaints from Premier boss Liam Sheedy following his team’s 12-point defeat.

“Like we let a lad walk right through the middle of our defence and it ended up in a goal. That’s the stuff you try to eradicate, but after a day like today and what we’re after doing I’m not going to be beating anyone with that stick.”

Former Kilkenny star Eddie Brennan guided Laois to Joe McDonagh Cup success.

“I got them into a huddle in the middle of the field rather than waiting until the dressing room, while Laois were up getting the cup. And the one thing I asked was that we are back here next year and it is us going up the steps of the Hogan Stand.”

Joe Quaid hopes defeated finalists Westmeath can go one step further in 2020.

“Over the five games in Munster we have been the best team, and we have deserved to win.”

Limerick landed a first Munster MHC crown since 2014 under Diarmuid Mullins’ watch.

Most Read Stories