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Published: 19:03 | 10/6/18

McGrath: Limerick blew us away

Waterford manager Derek McGrath has admitted that Limerick simply were too good for his side as they crashed out of the 2018 All-Ireland championship.

The Deise, who were beaten finalists last year, needed a win to have any hope of remaining in the hunt in the Munster championship for, at the minimum, a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

But the Treaty County took no pity on McGrath's injury-depleted side and a 2-26 to 1-16 hammering ensures Limerick remain unbeaten to-date.

For Waterford though, a premature end to their 2018 campaign.

"It was a very powerful performance by Limerick, we were just blown away," he told RTÉ Sport.

"The flatness was as much to do with Limerick’s ability to be at the pitch of it, their physicality and their whole approach. They are a serious team."

"The injury updates have been extensive, particularly in defence, but McGrath says that will not be used as an excuse for a season that has failed to ignite for the Deise.

"Our players have had every excuse to lean on. We lost the fifth member of our six backs from last year in Shane Fives. We tried to park it and move on as fast we can."

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