Tipp manager Tommy Dunne very pleased with Munster Final victory

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Just metres away from an assembled group of Tipperary players in front of the presentation area, Tipperary manager Tommy Dunne spoke to the media after his side's success in Sunday's Munster Minor Final.
He agreed that it was Tipp's best performance of the season so far and that they upped their game in the last twenty minutes after a nervy start. He said both sides were nervous but he added that Limerick are a fine team. He is looking forward to playing in Croke Park.
“It probably was (their best performance) but it didn't feel like that at times," said Dunne. "We probably got lucky after half time as Limerick had a few chances but didn't take them but we finished the last twenty minutes of the second half and we are delighted with the way they played. It's a big occasion for youngsters. We were nervous and Limerick were nervous but when we got our rhythm we hurled really well. I thought some of our tackling and our workrate was probably one of the best in that facet of our game. After an up and down campaign we are delighted with our win," said Tommy.
The Tipperary manager was full of praise for his goalkeeper Aaron Browne who produced a string of good saves suggesting that he was needed against a fine Limerick team adding that the standard of the Munster championship had very little between the teams.
“There was little or nothing between the teams and Aaron had a great Munster campaign. He has been to the fore in every game we played. I thought our backs in general did very well but they (Limerick) had good forwards like Purcell, O'Neill and I thought some of our tackling today kept their (Limerick forwards) impact less than other games they have played.
“We work an awful lot on our backplay. We talk a lot about it. These fellows are still learning. Some days you get a good passage of play and somedays you don't and wonder if there is anything going in. To play well on a day like today is a huge thing," said the former All-Ireland winning captain in 2001.
Up front the Tipperary attack, led by Sean Hayes, had a number of half chances of goals in the first half and if successful, Tipp would have been out of sight by half time.
“Sean Hayes has been brilliant and has scored a lot of goals up to this point of the championship. But Limerick had their homework done. They were very tight on our key men. What I like is that we stayed patient and stayed patient and eventually we got the goal that maybe we looked like scoring at times,"
“Our accuracy wasn't bad either and even though we missed a few chances we still got twenty points and any day you are hitting that you're not doing too bad."
“We are delighted to be in an All-Ireland semi final. Limerick now have to play a strong Galway team and the runners up in Leinster. That wasn't the route we wanted to go but to go through that route you would be well hardened for a semi final. We have a four week layoff and a lot of club matches in between and we are delighted that it is going ahead because it presents a different challenge. If you're young, isn't going to Croke Park one of the best things in the world?"
Tipp's win on Sunday was historic in the sense that Minor is under 17 for the first year. Does Tommy feel any difference about playing under 17 or 18?
“We do feel the difference and anybody else involved feels the same way. They are very young and a bit immature but sometimes you would not guess that from them. It's very hard to be very critical and been hard on them and trying to get that balance between learning from mistakes and improving because when you are playing with Tipp, as we all know, you are scrutinised very much, even from a young age."


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