It was heart-warming to see the 18,467-strong attendance give the Tipperary footballers a standing ovation following an outstanding 2-17 to 0-6 win over Longford at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday evening.
“We deserved this,” the outstanding Peter Acheson told the Tipperary Star.
“We should have beaten Cork by three or four points. We didn’t want to come out here to lose this game. If we did the Cork game would have been for nothing.
“We are happy enough with ourselves and looking forward to next Saturday.
“We are going to play our own game no matter who we meet,” Peter Acheson said.
“We know it will be tough, but we will be up for it anyway. A home draw would be lovely.”
Mere moments after the final whistle the thoughts of the Tipperary players had already turned to the next challenge; a challenge Peter Creedon’s men will face with confidence.
Especially since the Premier County are now capable of playing such a slick brand of football.
“There was some great football there especially against a team who play thirteen and fourteen men behind the ball,” Peter Acheson explained.
“Peter (Creedon) has us playing a good system. We generally went man-on-man and had one or two sweepers. We have good forwards and the corner-backs have licence to get forward.
“Everyone can get forward and I would say Fitzy (goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald) could go forward if he wanted to. Peter wants us driving forward and I would say that it is good to watch,” the Moyle Rovers man added.
“The idea is to get out the field as quick as you can first. If the first ball is not on then it’s patience, patience, patience. Then someone has to break the line. A lot of it is about fitness too. There is a lot of hard running out there. We did some ferocious running out there. We are really looking forward to next Saturday.”
Although Acheson wore the number seven on his back he operated at centre-forward. Acheson performed brilliantly and managed a terrific goal in the 44th minute when he punched home Conor Sweeney’s superb cross.
“We knew that Longford were going to play that game with thirteen men behind the ball. So, we just wanted someone to take them on in that half-forward line,” Peter Acheson said as his thoughts turned to his goal-scoring exploits.
“(Conor) Sweeney gave me a good ball in. He was repaying the favour after I gave him a few (good balls). He gave me a bit of wink after it. I would say that we were quits on it after that,” Acheson added with a laugh.
“It was awful,” Peter Acheson admitted when asked to reflect on the heart-breaking loss to Cork in the Munster championship.
“We were getting pats on the back from people in town and stuff like that, but we didn’t want that. A good performance is what we wanted. We wanted the win. We knew going into the game that we could beat them. We were disgusted after it. We can try to make up for that next year. This year now we have to try to get as far as we can. We have to try to get to Croker (Croke Park) and you never know what could happen after that.”