Manager Peter Creedon was most obviously pleased with a Tipperary performance which featured some terrific scores and a defensive effort which restricted Longford to just three points from play.
“We expected it to be a tight battle; they were very good against Derry - they beat the second best team in division one. I thought we showed a lot of composure and started to spray the ball around. We kicked a few good scores against the blanket defence. In the second half Longford came at us, but we were always comfortable,” an obviously proud Peter Creedon said.
Despite the fact that Longford employed a blanket defence Tipperary were patient in attack and did exceptionally well to pull Longford’s defensive scheme apart.
“They had thirteen players inside their half. We had to find a way of getting scores.
“It’s a surprising result really because we thought there would only be a point of two in the game, but it was very comfortable in the end.
“We have to give credit to our players; they played well right up until the end. Maybe we should give ourselves a bit of credit. We are a decent outfit,” Peter Creedon told the Tipperary Star.
“You can’t underestimate the home draws. We were able to get up this morning, come in and have our meal in the Anner Hotel. We were then able to have our team meeting in what we call the shed and then we were able to come down here and play the game. We would love a home draw again next week. It was nice to get it and for a decent crowd to come in. It was nice for the players to get cheered off the field.”
Manager Peter Creedon also revealed that full-forward Michael Quinlivan suffered a back injury during the opening minutes of the game. The fitness of the star forward will be assessed during the week.