Sheedy talks up the positives


Tipperary again left many unanswered questions after claiming their first back-to-back Munster titles since 1989, but manager Liam Sheedy was keen to talk up the positives after an underwhelming provincial decider in Thurles.

Sheedy admitted that Waterford had outplayed them for long periods of the second half. However, the Portroe man was happy just to claim the win and a place in the All Ireland semi-finals.

"We’re down to the last four and we’re delighted to be there,” Sheedy said after the match.

"We have to be fair and honest, Waterford outhurled us for long patches and we were tipping the odd point here and there.

"Overall, we came here to win, we’ve won and we’re delighted to be back in Croke Park."

Tiupperary once gain showed their tendency to play in patches, which was starkly illustarted when their first-half haul of 3-10 was contrasted with the measly 1-4 they managed after the break.

Waterford failed to punish their lapse in concentration, but the lack of consistency will remain a worry for the manager.

"We continued to struggle for that level of consistency right through but when you’re playing teams of the calibre of Waterford, you’re not going to own the field for 70 minutes."

Sheedy refused to look beyond the All Ireland semi-final, insisting any talk of the September decider in Croke Park was premature.

"We’re not thinking that way, we’re thinking of the All-Ireland semi-final. There won’t be any stupid talk down in that dressingroom, we’ll very quickly get ourselves back.

"In fairness to the lads, they’ll celebrate tonight and they’re well entitled to, back-to-back Munster titles and the first cup out here for 18 years for the senior team.

"That’s impressive and I’d just like to compliment the panel, all the lads in the squad and the backroom team. I said it to them on Thursday night that the level of work that they put in over the last three weeks will be rewarded and thankfully it was today."

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