Another classic encounter between Tipperary and Galway has seen the majority of headlines tipped in the direction of Galway and Joe Canning. But it took two teams to contribute to another classic and Tipperary captain Padraic Maher was extremely proud of his team’s efforts.
Jackie Cahill writing in the Independent, reported that the Tipp captain was devastated at their failing to get back to another All-Ireland final and a chance to bring consecutive All-Ireland titles back to Thurles for the first time since 1965;
“The lads gave it everything. I think we did the Tipperary jersey proud. The result didn’t go our way but it was an unbelievable score to win the match. Devastated, we had a load of goal chances. I know Galway had a couple as well – it could have gone either way.”
This Tipp side came under heavy scrutiny during the months of April, May and June and Maher was quick to refer back to this, when he spoke of how proud he was of his teams performances;
“This group has taken so much stick this year, the management has taken so much stick. We wanted to go out there and prove we’re a good team, a really together bunch. There’s great unity and even in the dressing room afterwards, there was a really strong bond within the group.We left everything out there. We couldn’t have done any more for the jersey.”
Henry Shefflin was the first person to raise the point on the performance of referee, Barry Kelly, directly after the game and Maher echoed the views of the former Kilkenny man. Maher felt the breaks did not go Tipp’s way but did not use it as an excuse for the final result;
“I felt Barry Kelly was a bit harsh on us. There were a few times when I felt the 50-50 ones, he was giving Galway and he’d even give the 60-40 ones we had against us”.
While the season has ended in failure for Tipperary, one has to think that we have not seen the end of them as a force. They were extremely close to beating Galway on Sunday and should have a big say on the destination of Liam McCarthy over the next few years.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we question if the Super 8s is already doomed, hear from Mickey Harte and Jim Gavin after their quarter-final victories, and discuss Galway’s thrilling win over Tipperary.