Speaking in the aftermath of the win over Dublin in the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final, Tipperary boss Eamon O’Shea was far from impressed by the manner of their victory and the overall show that was on display at Semple Stadium
A 2-23 to 0-16 winning scoreline underlined Tipperary’s superiority, but in truth the game never caught fire.
“I didn’t think it was a great match” was O’Shea’s frank assessment when he spoke to RTÉ Sport after the game. .
“We kept ahead of them. It wasn’t Dublin’s most vintage performance and it wasn’t ours either.
“It wasn’t what you’d expect to see from teams in an All-Ireland quarter-final. I’m just happy to get through the game.
“I know it’s a cliché, but we have a lot of improving to do before we’d even keep the ball pucked out to Cork.
“Okay, It was a good day for us, but from my point of view there’s a lot of work to be done.”
To stress the latter point, O’Shea went on to say that “anybody out there with a hurling brain can see that we have to improve to even compete.
“However, we’re still there and we’re still standing.”
Next up for the Premier County is the fascinating prospect of an All-Ireland semi-final against Cork on 17 August. It will be the first ever championship meeting between the sides at Croke Park.
O’Shea is expecting a tough challenge from the Rebels.
“Cork have been impressive during the Munster championship. They have found new players and if they play with the level of intensity they showed against Limerick, then we’d really have to go up a level.
“That said, I’m pleased to be in an All-Ireland semi-final. We are fairly seasoned team with a lot to prove.
“Maybe, it’s a good way to go in to an All-Ireland semi-final when you haven’t played your best.”