Tipperary Manager Sean O’Donovan was a proud man after watching the side he had moulded go toe-to-toe with the best in the business in Croke Park and come up just short.
Disappointed- naturally he was. But, hugely proud of the effort of the Tipp ladies nevertheless, he left Croke Park secure in the knowledge that Tipp had done everything in their power to land the silverware. And, he was quick to point out that the Premier County would be back.
“We knew coming here that we would have to take the game to Cavan because nobody gave us a chance. We did just that and I think we made them think about it for a while. Maybe we surprised them a little with our workrate, but it wasn’t until near the very end that they caught us. They were probably stronger than us physically and they just grinded us down in the end. Fair play to them, they have been waiting for this for a while. But, we came very very close and when we get over the disappointment we’ll realise the achievement and what a great season it has been,” Sean told The Tipperary Star.
He added “At half time we were well there. We were a point ahead against a fair wind. But we knew that Cavan were going to come back because they are a serious team.They were not going to leave and All-Ireland after them - one they were so hotly fancied to win. The penalty was the turning point but we still brought it back to two points again.
“We gave it everything but in the end we just ran out of steam. We had worked tirelessly and for most of the game Cavan were chasing us. We felt that if we were still in it at half time that we had a real chance and that’s the way it worked out.
“The breeze didn’t help us one bit at all - we actually played better against it and so did Cavan curiously enough. It was blowing all over the place and it was hard to know who it was benefitting.”
“We are absolutely devestated at having lost and it will be very hard to pick it up again. But, time is a great healer and we will be back,” he said.