Pádraic Maher: ‘It’s great to keep ticking over’

Pádraic Maher admitted their narrow defeats in the league this year were a motivating factor in beating Cork in Thurles yesterday.

Tipperary came up just short against Kilkenny and Waterford before another close-run thing in going down to Clare in their quarter-final.

“But, like, the league campaign, a couple of games we felt we should have won them,” said Maher.

“Waterford, we probably felt we should have beaten them. Clare, we probably felt we should have beaten them. It was our own fault we lost it, not really the other team’s performance, in our view.

“We needed to work on a few things and, look, everything was just for this game today and it’s great. We have four weeks now to knuckle down for the Limerick game.”

At the same time, Maher said Tipperary’s confidence was never doubted.

“Look, it’s great, we have a fair few confident guys in there. It’s great to keep ticking over. The Munster championship, getting the wins is great and look, it gives us a good energy for the next four weeks in training, getting ready for Limerick.”

Cork’s set-up didn’t surprise Tipperary, according to Maher.

“We knew what way they were going to be playing and set up for it the last few weeks. They were running around a lot and trying to create space. Thankfully, the lads, and that comes from the half-forward line and the midfield too working very hard and making it 50/50 for us at the back, which we wanted.”

Given the poor weather conditions, Maher admitted that the only priority was coming out on the right side of the result.

“Look, we just wanted to get out of here with the win. If we got a performance, great. In fairness to everybody, they worked so hard and look, we put a lot of concentration into the last six or seven weeks since Clare beat us.”

Midfielder Michael Breen said ghosting the Cork forwards was vital to their victory.

“It’s something we perfected in training. It was just setting up and getting our defence right and cutting off the space for the Cork lads to come through. We just had to track every run.”


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