Tipperary despatched London with relative ease and efficiency all the way from goalkeeper to the forwards.
Paul Fitzgerald was called upon twice to prevent goals and did so with seemingly relative ease while Conor Sweeney’s free-taking was as important to the scoreboard as all six of the starting forwards scoring from play.
A total of four wides could hardly be called wasteful and Tipp lost just two of their own kickouts showing an incredible fitness and desire at both ends of the pitch. Often sacrificed in favour of desire is discipline but not so in the case of this performance under an eternally grey sky in North-West London where just one yellow card and one black card late on in the game will hardly be a cause for concern.
Peter Creedon said after the match: “It’s not easy over here but that’s two points in the bag really, difficult venue and a difficult pitch”.
But this was London away in the league. While Creedon acknowledged that Ruislip is a tough place to go and it was on a tough surface with plenty of standing water still on the pitch, it was London and any team with aspirations of playing Division Three football should be collecting two points against them.
London however, are last year’s Connacht finalists and overcame fellow Division 4 side Leitrim and Division 3 side Sligo.
It’s hard to judge Tipperary following a result against London. Because, for all their recent success, London is a much different game to play than away to a traditional county in front of a loud, raucous support.
Last week’s result against Waterford was disappointing and much like London, any team with aspirations of Division Three football should be beating teams such as Waterford which Tipperary failed to do, but next week’s opponents Clare did.
“We probably have improved since last week’s performance; 1-19 would suggest we have. It’s tough coming over here but we’ve got Clare at home next Sunday and that will be difficult as well,” said Peter Creedon who remained totally focused on the Clare game following the result in Ruislip and refused to entertain the idea of promotion just yet preferring to just focus on each game as it comes.
“This league is about every game on its own and on its own merits, to win the next game is the aim.”