Evans will follow Premier board’s lead on payments

TIPPERARY boss John Evans has vowed to abide by the county board’s stance on management payments.

Two years ago, Croke Park top brass shot down moves to install Evans as Director of Football in Tipperary, which would have been an officially paid position. The Kerry native nevertheless remained in charge of the Premier County’s seniors and is also involved in the coaching of various underage teams. But despite such a heavy workload, Evans receives no official remuneration for his efforts. Following the release of Duffy’s document, Tipperary chairman Sean Nugent voiced strong opposition to any moves to pay managers.

And Evans said: “I’ve made no comment on it. Whatever the Tipperary county board decide, that’s what I go under. If that’s not payment to managers, then so be it. I’m under the umbrella of the Tipperary county board. My term is supposed to finish with them this year and we’ll see where we go from there.”

Evans, meanwhile, is looking forward to the visit of Cork to Clonmel for Sunday’s McGrath Cup decider after an impressive 1-15 to 0-10 victory against an under-strength University College Cork outfit yesterday.

Barry Grogan took his tally to 4-12 from three matches with a haul of 1-5 yesterday, including a 56th minute goal that ended UCC’s resistance as Tipp moved 1-13 to 0-9 clear.

But it was UCC, with the aid of the breeze in the first half, who opened much the brighter in what was a disappointing contest overall, not helped by the amount of frees blown by referee Maurice Condon.

Gavin O’Grady showed some lovely touches at corner-forward for UCC but the students were flat overall.

The first half yielded just five points from play as the sides went in level at 0-7 apiece, with Tipp recovering well after falling 0-4 to 0-1 behind by the 11th minute.

After hitting the front for the first time in the game, via a Grogan 45 in the 43rd minute, Tipp kicked on and held the lead from there until the finish. Hugh Coghlan shone for the hosts in the second half, scoring three points before arrowing a superb crossfield ball to Grogan for a goal.

Evans added: “It’s good preparation so early in the year. There is no substitute for games. Today was another step forward, we played a lot better than we did in the previous two Sundays.”

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 1-6 (0-4f, 0-1 45), H Coghlan 0-3, B Fox, P Acheson, C Sweeney, P Austin, B Mulvihill & S Ryan, 0-1 each.

Scorers for UCC: G O’Grady 0-6 (5f), J O’Sullivan 0-3 (2f), G Ryan 0-1.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; J Ryan, P Codd, A Morrissey; L Egan, T Ryan, B Fox; B Jones, E Ryan; H Coghlan, D Butler, P Acheson; C Sweeney, P Austin, B Grogan.

Subs: R Costigan for J Ryan (46), M Quinlivan for Butler (57), S Grogan for E Ryan (62), S Ryan for Austin (68), B Mulvihill for Coghlan (70+1).

UCC: S Mellet (Cork); M Galvin (Kerry), David Culhane (Kerry), R Buckley (Cork); L Jennings (Cork), A Greaney (Kerry), M Hickey (Cork); P Lucey (Kerry), J O’Sullivan (Cork); B Daly (Cork), D O’Sullivan (Kerry), S Beston (Cork); G Ryan (Tipperary), B Coughlan (Cork), G O’Grady (Kerry).

Subs: O Mulrooney (Cork) for Coughlan (51), E Buckley (Cork) for Daly (65).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford).

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