Evans delighted with Tipp's winning start

Tipperary football manager John Evans was a contented man out on the Semple Statium pitch on Sunday as his victorious team went through their warm down routine.

Tipperary football manager John Evans was a contented man out on the Semple Statium pitch on Sunday as his victorious team went through their warm down routine.

He was full of praise for his team who raised their game in the second half to see off Limerick in their opening fixture in Division 3 of the National Football League.

"It's the best possible start we coud look for" said Evans after his team had collected the points after getting off to a winning start in the league.

He felt his team had controlled the first half even though Limerick held the advantage with a three points to one half time lead.

"We had something like nine or ten wides and only one point to show for all our efforts in that first half. We were in control but not scoring. They were trying so hard but the scores were just not coming," said the manager.

The Tipp boss said that Limerick were well organised and were always a hard team to break down.

He was delighted with the composure and strength his players showed in the second half and considered his team very unlucky not to get a goal.

He said with only three home games it was crucial to get off to a winning start and said the win would give them all a boost with two difficult games to come against Louth and Westmeath.

"I consider Limerick, Louth and Westmeath the three favourites in the group and we have to play those three first and it was good to get off to a winning start," said the manager.

Evans said it would be naive to consider promotion until those three games were out of the way. He insisted consolidation was vital and after the opening three games the situation could be assessed.