Michael Ryan: We played on front foot

Michael Ryan hailed Tipperary’s win over opponents who have provided stubborn resistance in recent years.

Dublin won league fixtures against the Premier County in 2010, 2011 and 2015 but Tipp dished out a 14-point beating at Semple Stadium to kickstart their 2016 campaign.

Ryan came in for some local criticism for opting out of the pre-season Munster Senior League but his decision to plump for a series of challenge games instead appeared to be vindicated as Tipp looked much sharper than a Dublin side that claimed recent Walsh Cup glory.

When asked if he felt he had been proven right in his stance, Ryan smiled: “Nobody’s been proven anything! It wasn’t a test, it was just something we decided to do, to look after our own affairs in January.

“I wouldn’t read too much into it — next year we could well be back in that competition (MSL).”

Ryan added: “I won’t judge Dublin — I’ll leave that to you guys. We came to compete.

“We’ve struggled with Dublin at this stage too many times and we were well aware this was going to be a contest and that we’d have to play on the front foot to get a result. We did and we’re very pleased with that.”

At ParnellPark in the opening round last year, Tipperary suffered a 12-point defeat but their big win 12 months later represented a massive 26-point turnaround.

Dublin boss Ger Cunningham reflected: “From our point of view, we would be looking at things we did in training. We didn’t get a chance to do them tonight, or we weren’t let do them.

“Maybe the conditions didn’t allow us do them but it was a disappointing performance.

“We were well beaten by a good Tipperary team. So we’ve no complaints.

“Just the things we’ve been trying to do didn’t work out tonight so we’ve got to go back to the training ground and work on it and see if we can get ready for next week.”


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