Tipp manager only has eyes for Limerick

Tipp manager only has eyes for Limerick
Teams may have different targets in mind for their National League campaigns and Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea laid his cards on the table after Saturday evening’s opening game, writes Eamonn Wynne.

Teams may have different targets in mind for their National League campaigns and Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea laid his cards on the table after Saturday evening’s opening game, writes Eamonn Wynne.

“I have no ambitions for the league”, he stated after his side beat Waterford by a goal at Semple Stadium.

He said the most pleasing aspect of the game was the two points that were beside his team’s name on the table.

“I don’t know what date it is but it’s February; we’re five months away from our most serious game we’ll have to play this year, we’re building towards that.

The only important game for me - and I’ll spell it out - is Limerick in the championship (on June 1)”.

He said that the league was about getting a rhythm, “finding players, giving them opportunities and that’s what we’ll be doing. I wouldn’t have huge league ambitions. We’ll try to win every game, obviously”.

He agreed that they had left it late against Waterford, when they were behind by 5 points five minutes into the second half, They equalised with Seamus Callanan’s goal and hit the front for the first time with 14 minutes remaining through Callanan’s free.

“Seamus is always good, he doesn’t have to come good for me. It was the right time, in fairness, we got better ball in, he scored. It’s a good win ultimately, any time you win like that I’ll take it. People are saying Tipperary can’t win close games, I’m happy to win that”.

He agreed that Tipp looked sluggish in the first half but added “it’s the first game, we came off a win last week (in the Waterford Crystal Cup Final against Clare) and sometimes that’s not great for you, you’re coming off a different competition and this is a step up again.

We didn’t play well, no point saying otherwise, those are the facts, but I thought the team showed a huge desire to win. Okay, it was a fortuitous goal at the end that won the game and I felt sorry for Waterford in the sense that they came here with a good plan. It was very competitive”.