By Brian McDonnell
LAR Corbett, in the aftermath of Tipperary’s four-point win over Dublin, has warned that a vast improvement will be required to get the better of Kilkenny in next month’s All-Ireland final.
“Dublin, they really put it up to us,” Lar Corbett admitted.
“They won the fight in the first half and we had to ask questions of ourselves at half time.
“It just goes to show you how physical a team Dublin,” Lar Corbett said.
“We have an awful lot of work to do in the next three weeks if we are going to put it up to Kilkenny because with a performance like that Kilkenny would just have you blown out of the water.”
The Thurles Sarsfields star notched the only goal of the game in the third minute - Corbett beat Dublin’s Peter Kelly and goalkeeper Gary Maguire to get a vital touch to a breaking ball.
And, Corbett actually thought that vital ball was going wide.
“It was a long ball in, I just can’t remember who hit it in, but it was just a lucky break the way that it skidded off the turf and I was just lucky enough to get a touch on it,” Lar Corbett explained.
“I thought that it was gone wide, I could not really see it, but I just got a lucky touch on it to get it in I suppose. It was great to get a start like it.”
Following such a dream start Tipperary struggled to get their hands on the ball up front, a factor Corbett put down to the ferocious challenge posed by Dublin.
“Their physical challenge, it was the most physical challenge that we had all year and I think that their work rate in their backs and forwards meant that we were not getting the supply in,” Lar said.
“We just have to give the credit to Dublin and to how far they have come during the last number of years.
“The next time we play Dublin people at home won’t be saying that it is going to be an easy challenge when we come up to Croke Park.”
Indeed, Corbett argued that the Tipperary players would have to improve their physical approach to the contest in next month’s clash with Kilkenny.
“Anyone looking in would have seen that,” Corbett said as he reflected on the amount possession won by Dublin.
“They were winning the high balls; they were winning the fifty-fiftys and the breaking ball on the ground.
“I think we are going to have to be way more physical if we are to have a chance in a couple of weeks’ time.”
A relieved Corbett also praised the efforts of Eoin Kelly who converted three ‘65s and a free in the second half, scores which helped get a struggling Tipp side over the line.
“We were just delighted to get the four-point victory there in the end,” Lar Corbett added.
“Eoin (Kelly) got a few crucial ‘65s there in the second half and that looked like it just made the difference.”