Creedon says Tipp not giving up on hopes of promotion

Tipperary Manager Peter Creedon was a relieved man after Tipperary’s win over London in the NFL division 4 at Thurles on Sunday.

Tipperary Manager Peter Creedon was a relieved man after Tipperary’s win over London in the NFL division 4 at Thurles on Sunday.

Defeats in the earlier rounds at the hands of Carlow and Waterford, had seriously dented Tipperary’s promotion prospects.

Another setback would have killed them entirely.

Not surprisingly, asked his first reaction to the win over London, the Corkman said he was simply relieved to get off the mark .

“We were not pleased with our last two performances but this was better, though we have more work to do yet”, he added.

The Tipperary town school principal said that in the last few weeks the squad had had some specific coaching and this appeared to pay dividends.

He paid tribute to the senior members of the squad who “have been brilliant”, as the management tries to blend in young players who impressed with the county’s successful minor and under 21 teams of recent years.

However, he stressed that their efforts are being hampered by injuries to key players.

“We have five or six who are injured and we need them”, he said, but he could give no indication as to when such as Philip Austin, Michael Quinlivan or Robbie Costigan will be able to line out.

“We need to get our injured players back and we have also been trying to keep two teams going by resting the under 21s who are playing championship soon”, he said.

However, Creedon was unequivocal in asserting that Tipperary have not given up on securing promotion.

“If we can finish with ten points, we will have a great chance, and we can still do that”, he concluded.