It seemed that Tipperary manager Tommy Toomey was more pleased with the result than with the performance of his side following Tipp’s under 21 football victory over Clare at Semple Stadium, writes Jeddy Walsh.
“We were pleased with the result. The players were a bit disappointed that a lot of our stuff didn’t work. That’s to be expected. It was our first full game together and I thought the workrate was excellent,” said Tommy.
“I have to give credit to Clare. They put it up to us. I knew that from the Waterford game. It was a real test for us tonight. I don’t think the scoreboard reflected what Clare put in to the game. We are happy with the result,” added the Arravale Rovers man.
“It was our full-forward line’s first time playing together - a number of lads haven’t been with us. It is the first time that the team has been on the field together. You have to take it in those circumstances. I thought everyone made a great effort, it didn’t go right for everyong but I thought every one of our players worked really hard.”
“It was a difficult match. Clare made that game a hard game. From where I was watching that game it could have went anyway in the second half but our lads dug it out with a few great scores,” he added.
An aspect of concern to the manager was the concession of frees with all Clare’s first half points coming from placed balls whereas Tipp only had one point from a free over the hour.
“We are disappointed with the tackling a bit. We were late with a couple of tackles. I put that down to enthusiasm and players wanting to get at the ball.”
“We got very few frees in front of goal (just one point of their 15 points tally was a free). We will have a look at that on the video and see why our forwards aren’t getting fouls. Are we a bit too honest?” the manager asked.
Tommy was full of praise for star performer, Jason Lonergan, who kicked five points from play, including some excellent solo efforts.
“Jason worked very hard, he stayed out wide, it’s a hard place to be when you are working up and down and then to score five points. It was a great performance,” said Tommy of his Clonmel Commercials wing-forward.
Looking ahead to the Munster final and a huge assignment against Cork (three points victors over Kerry who themselves had 10 points to spare over Tipperary in the Hastings Cup Shield final a few weeks ago).
“It’s surprising when you have a game under your belt what can happen and your next game will be better. Our game will have to be better for us to be really competitive in the final. There is no doubt about that. You could see it tonight in the dressingroom, the intensity is there. These lads want to perform at the highest level as best they can. They will still be critical of themselves tonight which is a good thing,” remarked the manager.
“We know very little about Cork and I suppose they would know a lot about us. Cork have been nice and quiet in the background. They didn’t play in the Hastings Cup. We have very little knowledge of their full team. We have to work on that now; we have a fortnight to get to grips with that. Tipp and Cork and it’s on here and we have every chance. We are at home and we hope that after tonight this game will bring us on,” concluded the Tipperary manager.