Tipp Manager Questions Need For So Many Club Games In Midst Of County Training

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Tipp Manager Questions Need For So Many Club Games In Midst Of County Training thumbnailThis superb second half goal from John McGrath lifted the Tipp fans who had so much belief in the team. Pic: Rose Mannion.

TIPPERARY manager Michael Ryan was full of praise for the Cork side that had, in his words, trumped his side.

He added that Tipp were not sharp and his team have a lot of work to do, insisting that the number of games his players played over the past few weeks could have been done without.

'I thought it was a cracking game of hurling and to be fair to Cork I thought they were excellent. I really did. A fine spectacle! Scores were flying in on both sides. We went in at 0-15 all at half time. The second goal put a little bit of daylight between us but I thought Cork trumped us a little bit, particularly in the middle third. They had a lot of ball and seemed to have fresher legs,' he said.

Tipperary missed three goal chances in the first half. It was the turning point?

'We need to get them to get a win in a big Munster championship game against Cork. This is Cork. We were here last year saying they were not themselves. I tell you they are back and you can take that as a certainty. They are going into the Munster semi final. It's going to be an interesting year. I told ye fellows last September that the next year was going to be a great year for hurling. And so it is and our lot is to find a new route. The challenge is ours and we have a lot of soul searching to do and we have a number of facts that need to be confirmed here.

'We have a super bunch of fellows down there. They care a huge amount of Tipperary hurling they didn't do anything wrong here today. They just came up against a really really good Cork teams and we weren't sharp enough. We have work to do and I am not shocked,' said Ryan.

Questioned as to why his team were not shocked he went on to say; 'This is not an excuse but four weeks ago we got beaten by Galway in the league final. We had played eight games in ten weeks (five group and three knockout) and we immediately turned around and for the bulk of our fellows played another two competitive club games in the intervening four weeks. I think every county has got a unique situation but we certainly got something that we need to look at in terms of are our boys allowed enough time in terms of preparation. It's a very difficult balance in terms of club and county. We have got to be fair to everybody here. I am concerned. The boys have been on the go and to me they didn't look fresh out there today.

'I was concerned when I saw the fixture list. It's not an excuse. I do feel for these fellows. We pulled a session last week which would have been down as a work session for us purely on what we were seeing as a load on the boys. Every county team are measuring in terms of fatigue, rest and all that for our teams and make adjustments but lads remember this was a cracking game of hurling out there today. We came up short. Cork were excellent and we have a little bit of work to do,' said Ryan.


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