Sheedy salutes Tipp's gutsy win

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy watched on with pride as his side came through a tight battle in yesterday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Galway at Croke Park.

Not more than four points had separated these counties in their previous five Championship meetings, and yesterday was no different as the Premier County prevailed by the minimum margin - 3-17 to 3-16.

"I'm delighted," said Sheedy. "That was a high-tempo game out there, a high scoring game. Two very, very committed teams. No quarter asked, no quarter given. Some great individual scores, some great individual displays.

"With the clock ticking on and time running out, it looked like maybe it wasn't going to be our day but those lads, I couldn't give enough praise to them for their effort and their commitment.

"People continue to question their attitude and their commitment but I think what you seen out there today was a bunch that are really, really anxious to do well."

Sheedy also praised his substitutes for their influential contributions, with Seamus Callanan netting a goal and John O'Brien claiming a point; while Conor O'Brien and Pa Bourke also impressed having been sprung from the bench.

"I'd like to compliment my bench. The guys that came in, they brought it up a notch. They kicked it on and they pushed on.

"It makes for a number of very interesting weeks as we look to build up to the semi-final (against Waterford)."

But the gap between success and failure, and a place in a last-four clash of the All-Ireland series was all too evident at the final whistle.

It could have been a painful afternoon for Sheedy's charges had referee James Owens awarded a penalty to Galway for a challenge on Niall Healy which left him with a burst lip in the fourth minute of injury-time.

But the Tipp boss would not be drawn on the contentious end to the game.

"They're calls, this game comes down to calls at the end of the day. We've been here before and maybe we haven't got the call. Let's not take away from the overall game.

"I think there's always talking points at the end of a game. That's nearly par for the course nowadays anyway. It was a fabulous 70 minutes hurling and I'm just delighted to have come through," added Sheedy.

His Galway counterpart John McIntyre felt this game was always going to go to the wire.

"It was always the type of game where the margins were so tight that a break here or a break there was going to be critical." he said.

"I will have to look at it again but Niall Healy has a bloodied mouth from the last incident in injury-time. I thought he was entitled to a free but I don't want to go down the road of sour grapes because we were two points up with three minutes to go and you've got to give enormous credit to Tipperary for pulling the game out of the fire."

McIntyre's dejection was still all too evident when he faced the media less than a half-an-hour after the game's conclusion.

But the Galway manager had praise for his players whom he felt really put their necks on the line through a pulsating 70 minutes-plus of action.

"I know we have lost the game but I have never been as proud of the Galway players as I am this evening.

"We may have lost a match but we've lost no honour. Galway have answered a lot of the questions that were posed of them over the years.

"There was no shortage of character or commitment or honesty or courage out there and maybe Tipperary's experience of playing in an All-Ireland final last year, and the devastation that caused, stood to them in the final furlong."

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