Kevin Denihan “It was by far one of our best performances of the year”.

Limerick lost out to Wicklow in their All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship qualifier on Sunday. Despite putting on a great attacking display, Kevin Denihan’s side found themselves on the wrong side of a 6-9 to 4-9 scoreline.

Limerick manager, Denihan says his side deserved more from the performance they put in.

“21 points should win you most games, if not two games. We just can’t buy a bit of luck at the moment, their goalkeeper just had one of those days that she may not have again, she was by far the player of the match. We created a heap of chances, they were definitely there for the taking, a 6 point defeat does not justify the performance.”

Wicklow were clinical on the day and were always able to keep their noses in front of Limerick, scoring vital points, and goals every time Denihan’s side would look to be forging a comeback.

“We scored a penalty through Kristine Reidy, that got us back to three points, but Wicklow went down the other end and scored a goal. Every time we brought it back to 3 points they’d go down the field and score a goal or a point.”

As of now Limerick will face in to a relegation playoff on the weekend of August 20th, although it is not fully confirmed as there is speculation that the provincial losers may not be drawn into the playoff.

Denihan hopes to learn more about the fixture next week and says it is pivotal for Limerick to retain their intermediate status for next season.

“There’s hope for Limerick football but we’re really hoping we can stay up. Being in division 4 and being in junior championship it’s not going to entice girls back but if we can stay intermediate at least it’s something to build on again.”

You can listen to Kevin Denihan’s full interview with Sporting Limerick below.