Babs Keating always said that it’s better to finish a game well than to start it well.
Well, that’s how it worked out for Tipperary’s U-21 hurlers on Wednesday evening last when they entered the lions den of Pairc Ui Chaoimh to take on Cork in the championship quarter final, and finished with a flurry to steal a win from under the victory sniffing noses of the Rebels.
Many observers wondered how Cork had lost this game, and how Tipp had managed to win it. Four points down with six minutes to go, Tipp outscored the home side by 0-6 to 0-1 to claim a very famous win with the substitutes making a big difference when introduced by Ken Hogan and his selectors Tony Lanigan and TJ Connolly. Yes, it was pilfering of the highest order, but Cork will surely feel that they should have put Tipperary away much earlier, and didn’t. They paid the ultimate price as a result and when Sean Curran pointed in the 30th minute to send Tipp in front for the first time in the game, The Premier tails were up and they were not going to be beaten.
See next weeks Tipp Star for full report.