Allianz NHL: Tipperary v Waterford: Reaction: Davy Fitzgerald
All Stars Austin Gleeson (pictured above) and Conor Prunty (pictured below) both suffered hamstring injuries in Waterford’s ten-point defeat to Tipperary on Saturday night. Gleeson only lasted 30 minutes while Prunty came off at half-time.
“Hamstring to Prunty, hamstring to Austin,” manager Davy Fitzgerald told reporters after the game. “Shane McNulty had to come off at the end. They picked off some easy points at the end when we were down to thirteen nearly. Ten points wasn’t the result of that game, a hundred and ten per cent. I don’t care what anyone says. Once we got our shape in the second half, we went at it. We were right there or thereabouts. I thought the lads fought extremely hard. That fifteen to eighteen minutes in the first half, that middle part, I wouldn’t be happy with that. I can’t say anything about the end. Once we were down Jamie, the shape was gone out of the game.”
Two major injury worries with Limerick in the first round of the Munster championship just six weeks away. “It depends how bad they are. You’re looking from three to six weeks. Austin and Prunty are big losses to us. We’re in a race against time with the Limerick game. Michael Kiely will be touch and go whether he makes it back or not. Darragh Lyons probably won’t be back. We are down a few bodies. No excuses, we’ll be ready to go in April and we’ll give it a lash.”