What the media had to say about Tipperary’s thrilling hurling contest with Cork . . .

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What the media had to say about Tipperary’s thrilling hurling contest with Cork .  . .

The Tipperary management team (Declan Fanning, Conor Stakelum, Michael Ryan & John Madden) pictured at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn McGee

As usual the national media were eager to have their say about Tipperary on Sunday before, during and after the Premier County’s dramatic Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash with Cork.

Ger Loughnane took the biscuit, of course, when he declared that Tipperary “have come to the end of the line” during the half-time interval. This particular Clare man also asserted that four of the six Tipperary backs were “thirty or more”. Here at Tipp Star Sport we can confirm that none of the starting backs on Michael Ryan’s team were over thirty: Seán O’Brien (28), Séamus Kennedy (24), Michael Cahill (29), Joe O’Dwyer (26), Ronan Maher (23) and Pádraic Maher (29).

POST-MATCH

Tipperary supporters, as though shell-shocked by the sheer insipidness of the first-half display, sat in their seats in front of us in the Kinane Stand with their arms folded. They couldn’t even bring themselves to boo. Around 50 minutes later, Thurles stood rapt, waiting on the glacial Semple Stadium Hawkeye to confirm whether or not Jake Morris had levelled it up with the final puck of the game. In that moment, the place was like a fizzy drink that somebody had shaken but left unopened. When Tá came up on the Town End scoreboard, the explosion went everywhere. Not for the first time, you had to marvel at the new and interesting ways the Tipperary hurlers consistently find to confound their people.
Malachy Clerkin (Irish Times)

They cheated death. Not just once but twice. Seven points down after 14 minutes, nine adrift at half-time, Tipperary spent the entire second half doing their best to recreate the tortoise and the hare fable, except this time the slow starter could only draw.
Garry Doyle (The Times, London)

Just as it looked like they were about to flatline, Jake Morris breathed new life into Tipperary’s season. The Nenagh club man, who had only just come on the pitch, benefited from some hesitancy in the Cork defence to grab a last gasp point to secure what had looked like an unlikely draw at half-time.
Donnchadh Boyle (Irish Independent)

A draw, then. But how did it happen? Yesterday Cork were nine points ahead at one stage and humming with efficiency, clinical, almost German-engineered, and yet they might well have lost. Tipperary were foundering in the first half, with emergency flares being sent up from every line of the field, but a win wouldn’t have flattered them as they broke for home late on.
Michael Moynihan (Irish Examiner)

Two rounds in and the Munster championship is turning into exactly the nest of vipers everyone hoped for.
Malachy Clerkin (Irish Times)

Tipp’s big men really stepped up in the second half. The three Mahers - Pádraic, Brendan, and Ronan - were immense while the McGrath brothers were superb, especially John. Those boys from Loughmore-Castleiney really grabbed it by the scruff of the neck. John got man-of-the-match but it could just as easily have been Noel.
Anthony Daly (Irish Examiner)

Just as the clouds rolled in like leathered Hell's Angels on a family campsite, all that was left to do with Tipperary was log the time of death. Vague murmurs of discord could be detected from the back of the Kinnane Stand, signalling it seemed a precipitous loss of faith in Michael Ryan and his team. What happened next? Tipperary came back out and remembered themselves, that's all. It really was that plain and unscientific in Thurles. They didn't rein in Cork's nine-point half-time lead through tactic or any complex system adjustment. The truth about hurling is that great comebacks seldom find their genesis in such places. They rise from intangibles like momentum and dander and young men finding the light within.
Vincent Hogan (Irish Independent)

Still, lessons must be learned. Both sides take the field next weekend, after all. Process and application are the watchwords. The signs are good for Tipperary: all week we were treated to suggestions that yesterday might end everything, as though the Premier were some kind of plucky underdog punching above their weight rather than a side which won an All-Ireland final two years ago by nine points.
Michael Moynihan (Irish Examiner)

HALF-TIME INTERVAL

It isn't game over completely, but you have one team with pace, skill, movement, very, very smart play, brilliant in the air and doing exactly what John Meyler said at the start - that they were going to try and burn it up and that's what they are doing. Then you have another team, Tipperary, who, unfortunately, have come to the end of the line. And, it's not a lack of character there today; it's just a lack of energy. And, that's what happens to a team when they get old; they lose that energy. The energy can only be brought back again if you have an infusion of youth - you have no youth in that Tipperary team. The problem is that four of their backs are thirty or more, the centre of their back line is as slow as could be; Cork have drawn them out; they have allowed the Cork half-forwards to draw them out and then Cork played brilliant ball into their full-forward line. So, there is no way back for this Tipperary team now - either today or in the championship, unfortunately.
Ger Loughnane (Sunday Game Live)

PRE-MATCH

Tipp certainly haven’t progressed from 2016 but that has been a recurring theme in the county’s history. Maybe Liam Sheedy knew more about the type of players he had when he pulled out after 2010
Anthony Daly (Irish Examiner)

Limerick were well coached and consequently thought their way around the field with coolness and precision. Tipperary were not and didn’t. Those long balls out of defence? Grand, lads - if Cormac Bonnar was wearing the number 14
Enda McEvoy (Irish Examiner)

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