Disappointed Tipp U-21 hurling manager is full of praise for players

Tipperary manager Ken Hogan paid tribute to his players following their narrow defeat by Clare in last night’s Munster U-21 Hurling Final in Ennis.

Tipperary manager Ken Hogan paid tribute to his players following their narrow defeat by Clare in last night’s Munster U-21 Hurling Final in Ennis.

Tipp looked like hanging on for a one-point victory - which would have completed a grand slam of hurling titles in the province - when a goal from substitute Niall Arthur grabbed a dramatic win for Clare.

“It’s so hard on the poor lads because they worked so hard and they gave it absolutely everything.

We were totally unfancied. The goal was a real killer blow and it was hard to recover from it. We had a half-chance at the end and we just didn’t take it but it was a magnificent effort by my guys.

They are a great bunch of fellows. What more could you ask of them. I told them in there (in the dressing-room) they could hold their heads up high and they could have no regrets either, we threw the kitchen sink at them. We said we’d have a cut down here in Ennis and we surely did.

Clare got the breaks tonight, maybe they didn’t get them other years, I’ve been involved with victorious teams as a manager, player and coach and you always remember the ones you lose as well. Tonight is one of those nights when you have to take it on the chin”, he said.