Tipperary manager John Evans was full of praise for his squad after watching them take Wexford apart in a crucial Allianz National Football League division 3 game played before a 336 attendance at Semple Stadium, Thurles, on Sunday last.
Not only do these points ease Tipperary’s relegation worries but, depending on other results, a win next week away to Cavan could have Tipperary in the frame for promotion to division two.
“We played good football.We were very spirited and very organised, and we got a lot of things right that had been going wrong, We are not out of the woods yet though, A few weeks back, we set down the players as a group and pointed out what we needed to do, and now we are beginning to see the fruits of it. It was great to see the chairman of the county board here today with the hurlers also involved in a key game in Galway. We are playing with gusto and confidence. We have put a lot of hard work in and it is great to see something coming of it”, he added.
Well could John Evans be pleased as this was surely Tipperary’s best performance of the campaign. Wexford came to Thurles with only one defeat in five outings and were hotly tipped to clinch promotion with a win over Tipp but on the spacious Semple Stadium pitch they had no answer to the pace and industry of the home side who completely outplayed them after the opening quarter.
Even against the fresh breeze, Tipperary were superior. The Grogan brothers, Barry and Seamus were hugely influential with Seamus moving outfield to win possession against the breeze, and Barry “spot-on” from frees and play, inside. Wexford struggled for possession, particularly in the second quarter as Tipperary, after the sides were level at 0-4 each in the 17th minute, shot five unanswered points from the 20th to the 29th minute, Brian Mulvihill and Philip Austin also contributing to the scoring.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star