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Tipp manager proud of way his team came back

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Tipperary manager Liam Cahill, who is at the end of his tenure in charge of the said, said he was proud of the way Tipp came back in Monday night's replay against Cork.
“Really proud of them - what more can you say? We'll look back on it and have regrets about Thurles last Thursday night, that we didn't finish the job. We went six points up midway through the second half and you know, look, they're the little things that haunt you. But these players here, I asked them afterwards to learn from that. They have to learn from those things and that's what it's about. This is about developing these men and playing in cauldrons like down here in a packed Páirc Uí Rinn tonight. Sure that will hopefully improve these guys for when they go on to the better players at U-21 and senior level please God. When you get a Cork team on the back foot, you have to put them away."
This was Tipp's last game at minor (U-18) level, so was it a fitting tribute to the jersey?
“I'm very proud of them, and very honoured and proud to have a lad like Michael Bevans with me, and all the management team. Mikey's stamp is all over this team tonight and has been for the last three years with me. He's a man who's one of the best up and coming coaches in the country, not alone the county. He brings attributes that he had himself as a player on that great Toomevara team down the years. What you saw out there tonight is a never give up attitude, a standard that's set high and early, when these young men come in to us, to put up their hand and play for Tipperary. I think they paid us back in abundance tonight - they adhered to everything we did all year and tonight, they really showed their mettle to stay in that match, even when things were going against them. I say that of the last three minor teams that I had, I hope, as a management team, John, T.J., Sean, Mikey and myself have sent up, please God, many players that will progress and develop on to play senior hurling for Tipperary.
What's the plan now?
“Look, my tenure is up now, I don't want to outstay my welcome to be honest. I really, really enjoyed it. I've had a lot of good people around me to help me in getting to where we got and we're after winning two Munster titles, beaten in the 2015 All-Ireland final, won it last year, and I hope tonight that we were beaten by the eventual All-Ireland champions, I really do, because I think it would be a fitting tribute to this Tipperary minor team, to see Cork go on and win the All-Ireland. Then they'd really know how much myself, Mikey and the management team think of them," Liam Cahill.
Cork manager, Denis Ring admitted it was very edgy near the end.
 "Absolutely, the two games were the same and there was nothing in it up until the very end. But I have to say, our lads, at the very end, even when we were in serious trouble, we won ball in our defence, we came out and used the ball very positively. Even when we were under all that savage pressure, when they brought it down to a point, we showed a lot of composure to come back and hurt them again.
The goals in first quarter was the cushion that allowed Cork to flourish?  
“Yeah, we did, and to be honest, we should have got a third one. We were in a very good position but today was all about trying to threaten them, try to run at them and hurt them as much as we could. We didn't really threaten the goal-wise the last day enough, we relied on a free to get our goal. Even against Waterford, we weren't threatening enough at goals so that was part of the thing tonight, that we'd take them on whenever we got a chance.
“The key thing was Paddy Cadell the last day bossed the game and he was outstanding. We got our match-ups right tonight and Ger Millerick did a fantastic job on him, as he did with Jake Morris the previous week. It's fantastic when you get fellas who are prepared to sacrifice their game to be disciplined and mark, and not be worried about how many possessions they get,' said the Cork man.
See reports of drawn game and replay on page 69.

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