Tipperary team manager Sean O’Donovan said that his players were devastated after coming off the field beaten by just two points in an All-Ireland Final.
He said Cavan “ground us down” and were on top at the crucial stage of the game.
“It will be hard to pick everybody up but look at Cavan, they came back after losing a final two years ago”, said the manager.
He said Cavan were not expecting “that out of us”, referring to the excellent start by Tipperary as they showed great desire from the start and had Cavan chasing the game from early on. “They had a lot of easy games, they had big wins before this and while they were favourites we decided to go at them from the start”, said the manager. The Tipp manager said you could look back at missed opportunities, goal chances that were not taken but it was a fact, he said, that both teams played better aginst the wind.
“We went in at half time leading by a point but we knew that Cavan wold be coming back at us because they are a serioius team”.He pointed to the penalty as the turning point in the game and after Cavan converted it that left Tipp in an impossible position to try and come back from that blow with a player down.
Teams and Scorers
Tipperary - Patricia Hickey, Brid Condon, Samantha Lambert, Rachel Kenneally, Anne O’Dwyer, Claire Carroll, Barbara Ryan, Jennifer Grant, Sheelagh Carew (0.2, one free), Lorraine O’Shea, Mairead Morrissey (0.1), Catrioina Walsh (0.1), Niamh Lonergan, Gillian O’Brien (0.3), Edel Hanly (0.5, two frees).
Subs- Kelly Hackett for Catriona Walsh, Aisling McCarthy for Kelly Hackett, Helen Kennedy for Edel Hanley.
Cavan - Caron Fay, Patricia Lynch, Grainnne McGlade, Joanne Moore, Sinead Greene, Ailish Cornyn, Rachael Jordan, Rosie Crowe (0.1), Donnna English, Claradh O’Reilly (0.1), Roisin O’Keeffe, Mona Sheridan (0.1), Grainne Smith (0.3), Bronagh Sheridan (1.4), Aisling Doonan (0.4).
Subs- Caitriona Smith for Claragh O’Reilly.