Tipp ‘well set up’ to repeat 2010 win – Sheedy
Published 21/08/2014 | 02:30
Liam Sheedy knows that if Tipperary are to beat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final, the Leinster champions will have to be matched for work rate. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Liam Sheedy says that if Tipperary are to beat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final, the Leinster champions will have to be matched for work rate. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
All-Ireland-winning manager Liam Sheedy believes Tipperary are primed for to repeat their 2010 heroics against Kilkenny at Croke Park on September 7.
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Sheedy and Tipp smashed Kilkenny’s ‘drive for five’ four years ago and now the aim is to stop Henry Shefflin in his tracks as the Cats superstar aims for a tenth All-Ireland, with Brian Cody also chasing his tenth as team manager.
Sheedy has warned the Noresiders that Tipp are “well set up” to ruin another party. But he admitted that Kilkenny have their hunger back this summer after a disappointing 2013 campaign.
And Sheedy was impressed by the manner of Kilkenny’s semi-final victory over Limerick.
He told Tipp FM: “I think Kilkenny will be impressed because they were really tested. If there was a chink in their armour or any doubt that they wanted it, it showed that their hunger was definitely intact.
“That will please Brian Cody and in terms of Eamon O’Shea last Sunday, that was a formidable Cork team and the word was that they had improved from last year.
“And we made very light work of them. The backline maybe had some questions about whether they’d be able to deal with the Cork forward line but with a significant period of the game gone, we had only leaked nine points to them.
“We’re very well set up. People are saying that we haven’t been tested but anything that’s been put in front of the team, they’ve made it look easy in terms of their performance.
“There’s real competition for places as well. I think there will be a few lively matches to be had in training before you pick the team.
“I’m sure Michael Cahill and others will be very anxious to stake a claim for a starting place. I think it’s set up well for Tipperary. And as a Tipperary supporter, I’m really looking forward to the next three weeks. I think we’ll have a great All-Ireland final then.”
Tipp’s 2010 success was built on a massive intensity and Sheedy knows that to beat Kilkenny, the Leinster champions will have to be matched for work rate.
He added: “If you’ve got any chance of beating Kilkenny, you’ve got to match them for work rate.
“Limerick came very close in the semi-final. I think Eamon is slowly building this team up and management deserves great credit. They’re in a great space and they’re well aware of what they need to do to beat Kilkenny and turn them over.”