Tipperary and Galway played out an enthralling All-Ireland semi-final yesterday afternoon for the third year in a row, and once again it was a point that separated the two sides.
Thanks to some heroics from Joe Canning, it is the Tribesmen that march on to the All-Ireland final, where they will take on Cork or Waterford.
A dejected Michael Ryan spoke of his disappointment after the game, and he had nothing but good things to say about the Portumna star.
“What a fantastic score Joe Canning pulled off at the end. He is a heart-breaker! It is not his first time.
“For long periods I would have thought [we dealt with him] well. I do think Joe did get some traction on us when he came out onto the number 10 position. Galway, to be fair, I thought retained the ball well.
“We were beaten by a really, really good Galway team and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody – they are a quality side. They will have a really big say on the first Sunday in September.”
As for Tipperary, they have failed to retain an All-Ireland title once again, as they look ahead to 2018.
“These boys will bounce back in 2018 and I don’t want to talk about 2018 tonight, but, unfortunately, that’s what it is for us. It’s next year’s league, next year’s championship that we have got to look forward to. We’ll come up and enjoy the first Sunday in September as neutrals, and that’s our lot.”
Nonetheless, it is far from the end of an era for this Premier outfit, as they went toe-to-toe with an outstanding Galway team, and were unlucky not to come away with a draw. With the spine of the team still in the prime of their careers, it is not a complete rebuilding process ahead for Ryan and the Tipp management.