By Noel Dundon
Tipp Manager Dvaid Power described Tipp’s win over Cork in Wednesday’s Munster semi-final in Pairc Ui Chaoimh as probably the toughest game his charges have experienced in his two years in charge.
Speaking to the media after the match, the Kilsheelan/Kilcash maestro said, “It was probably the toughest game we have played over the two years because Cork are a good team. Down here it was always going to be tough. After beating Kerry, people were saying that we should have gone in the back door. But, I am delighted because we have proven that we can beat Kerry in Tralee and Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. I am just thrilled,” he said.
The victory means that Tipperary will take part in the All-Ireland series and go about defending their Munster crown against Kerry in July with a great degree of confidence. It’s getting to be a habit at this stage in the minor grade - a good habit.
“The Tipp minors, and hopefully that will go on into U-21 and senior, are proving that we are getting to play consistently into August. This will be our fourth Munster minor final in five years - that’s an unbelievable achievement and to think that a so called hurling county can do this is great. There is massive work being done at underage and it is great to see.
“We are fortunate to have so many of last years players back playing again. The toughest part was wondering whether they would be happy with last years Munster and All-Ireland medals. Obviously they showed that they want it again because if they didn’t have heart or drive they would have been beaten there tonight.
“Both teams went at it till the very last minute and it’s a pity that Cork are out because they are one of the top teams,” David said.
While David is hoping that the likes of Ian Fahey, TJ Ryan and Colin O’Riordan can make it back for the final and be in full contention for a starting place in the line-up, he lauded the efforts of the players, but adds that there is still room for improvement.
“It wasn’t a pretty performance and I would say that we can play better football. Cork restricted us and we have to give them credit. We kept at it and that’s what I am really proud of. We can play better but we kept at it and that is fantastic to see. We have elite young players and we have to mind them - we can’t kill them. We can take a lot of positives but we have a lot of improvement to do for the Munster Final as well,” he said.