Tipperary Manager Ken Hogan lamented the vicissitudes of sport in the immediate aftermath of the Munster U-21 hurling final at Cusack Park, Ennis on Wednesday evening last.
The Lorrha Dorrha supremo had watched his side rumble in the Ennis jungle with the fancied Bannermen and were within touching distance of lifting the silverware, when a sucker punch levelled their challenge, and confined them to the runner-up spot.
It was a cruel blow, a terrible way to lose the game, and a devastation for a Tipp dressingroom which had put so much mass in the notion of collective responsibility, togetherness and purpose.
“It was a real sucker punch but that’s sport. No matter how well you prepare or how well you think you have things under the thumb, when you are hit with a sucker punch like that...... I am very disappointed for our lads because they worked so hard and gave it absolutely everything. They came down here totally unfancied and suffered a real killer blow - we got a half chance at the end but we just didn’t take it,” Ken said.
In paying tribute to his charges, Ken expressed his admiration for their efforts and said that the Tipp lads did their county proud all throughout the season. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full report.