Cork favourites but Tipp have momentum on side – Corbett
Former Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett believes Tipperary have growing momentum ahead of their All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Cork at Croke Park.
Corbett, who scored two early points against Dublin in Sunday’s comfortable quarter-final victory at Semple Stadium, will return to HQ for the first time since the semi-final drubbing to Kilkenny in 2012.
The 33-year-old forward is warning against complacency on the back of three successive championship wins, but acknowledged a rising sense of belief within the Tipp camp.
He said: “There is momentum behind us. We are delighted with the couple of wins, but the most important thing for Tipperary is the next three weeks’ training, not getting complacent and getting the best 15 onto the field. That’s where it is going to be won and lost for us.”
Such was Tipperary’s pre-match focus, Corbett revealed he didn’t know it would be Cork providing semi-final opposition until well after the final whistle in Thurles. And the Thurles Sarsfield’s clubman insisted Munster champions Cork will be favourites.
Corbett said: “We’ll be going in as underdogs, we have achieved nothing over the last couple of years, but we have a small bit of momentum.”
Tipperary’s wins over Galway, Offaly and Dublin have coincided with a return to form for Corbett. He scored two brilliant late points against Galway, hit a brace of goals in the Offaly win and set the tone early on in the victory over Dublin.
It’s a far cry from the vitriol that was hurled in his direction when Tipp were mauled by 18 points against Kilkenny in the 2012 semi.
And when Corbett limped off injured against the Cats at Nowlan Park last , he was jeered by sections of the support.
Corbett also endured a difficult time with injury earlier this year, but while an ongoing knee problem requires constant monitoring, the problem doesn’t appear to be affecting him on the field of play.
He added: “I am only delighted to be playing in a sport where people have an opinion. It’s great to be playing in a sport where it means that much to the public.
“It’s fierce important that we continue to progress.”