Tipp rewarded for Brave selection against Galway – Ryan
Assistant manager Michael Ryan believes that Tipperary were rewarded for the brave nature of their team selection against Galway in last Saturday’s memorable All-Ireland senior hurling qualifier.
Ryan believes that a remarkable fightback from six points down could yet be remembered as the key moments in Tipp’s season. With 51 minutes on the watch, they trailed by 1-15 to 4-12 but rallied to win by nine points and set up a Round 2 meeting with Offaly on Saturday.
Ryan said: “We felt we went with a very brave team. We put Ronan (Maher) at midfield and got Paddy Saint (Stapleton) back in corner-back, James Barry to centre
“It was an attack-minded team. We got the really flair players in the full line, getting Lar (Corbett) back on the pitch.
“You can live and die by that sword. For a period of time, we were wondering did we get it wrong but the bottom line is this is hard work and they have no problem with hard work.
“Once they’re making the tackles, making the runs, once the energy is high, and their hurling is sharp, we’re fine.”
Ryan confirmed that Corbett was about to be replaced by John O’Brien before the 2010 Hurler of the Year sprung to life with two sensational late points.
He reflected: “That’s the touch-and-go stuff. You make calls and they’re either right or wrong and stuff changes on a toss of a coin.
“In one sense, you should never take off your good players but in another way you’re under huge pressure to make changes to change the match.
“There’s a little bit of luck attached and that’s the honest truth.”
Ryan acknowledged that Tipp’s late scoring burst, which saw them outscore Galway by 2-10 to 0-1 in the final 20 minutes, is proof positive of what the team can achieve.