Sheedy glad to count his lucky stars

LIAM SHEEDY admitted that his side benefited from a few crucial breaks in yesterday’s Munster SHC quarter-final victory over Cork.

Sheedy acknowledged that yesterday’s win, which sets up a semi-final with Clare on June 21, was “hanging in the balance” when the Rebels came within striking distance of the winners towards the finish.

Sheedy pinpointed Timmy McCarthy’s disallowed goal, the Brendan Cummins save from Pat Horgan’s resultant penalty and Ben O’Connor’s skewed ‘65 as decisive moments.

He said: “On the sideline it’s always hard to gauge what the game it like but it felt really fast and really intense, like middle of championship stuff.

“The game was hanging in the balance. All credit to Cork – they put in a massive performance and had a few placed balls they put wide in the second half.

“If they had taken the lead, I think we would have had a job getting back. They came to win and very nearly did that.

“But also, massive credit is due to my lads. We got the goal after half- time and that ended up being the score that won the game.”

Séamus Callanan’s goal 30 seconds after the restart handed Tipp a seven-points lead which Cork whittled back to the minimum before the winners finished strongly.

Sheedy conceded: “We got a few breaks in the second half. All of these games come down to breaks. The call back for a penalty was a big call. The penalty was saved and then the 65 went wide. If there was a turning point in the game, that was probably it but that didn’t stop them from coming right back at us. They went from seven points down to one point, we were hanging on at the finish but all our subs contributed.”

Sheedy declared himself happy with Tipperary’s first-half performance, decorated by some long-range scores to cap neat approach play involving midfielders and forwards.

The Portroe man agreed: “We got some lovely scores and our workrate was good again in the first half. At 13-7 I was happy the way we were approaching half time but then we made two errors of our own and the ball ended up back over our bar.

“But that’s what Cork do to you – if you make a mistake they’ll get you on the run.

“Do we have areas to work on? Of course we do. Was it an polished performance? No it wasn’t but it was very, very workmanlike. I’m just delighted to be in the semi-final.”

Ben O’Connor profited from placed balls on five occasions in the first half to keep Cork in touch as Tipp gave away cheap frees through mistimed tackles and mistakes.

Sheedy admitted: “We’d be disappointed with that. But it is championship, the heat of battle and Cork are the ones who will draw the frees. They will match you and force you into making that type of lunge. But overall, I thought our backs finished very strong. Cork were coming pressing for a goal but I don’t think that after Darren (Gleeson) went in, and while Brendan (Cummins) was there, they never really had a clear-cut goal chance, apart from the one that was disallowed.”

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