Tipp hurling captain Padraic Maher admits that players were "gutted" following defeat

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Tipp hurling captain Padraic Maher admits that players were "gutted" following defeat

Tipperary captain Padraic Maher says that Cork dictated the pace of Sunday's Munster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final.

Captain Padraic Maher admitted that the Tipperary players were "gutted" after Cork beat them in Sunday's Munster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium. 

"Things didn't work out for us on the day, our performance wasn't great but we're not questioning anyone's desire.

We wanted to win that as much as Cork did.

It's just that they were that bit sharper on the day, and I suppose that bit of hunger came out on top. 

As (Cork manager) Kieran Kingston said to us in the dressing room after the game, they were waiting 12 months for us (after Tipp beat them at the same stage of last year's championship).

Fair dues to them, they got the result and they totally deserved it".

The Thurles Sarsfields player said that Cork dictated the game from the very start and made Tipp chase them all over the field.

"I thought when we went a point up we were going to stay on top. But again fair play to them, they got back, they got a second goal, which was a killer, we're gutted.

Cork have a lot of pace but it's nothing that we didn't deal with before, just today they had a bit of a plan and they worked it off to a tee".

When it was put to him that Tipp produced a flat performance for the second game in-a-row, he said "I don't know if we were that flat, we still fought our way back into it, even though we weren't going that well.

You can't question lads' desire or anything like that. We stayed fighting, there were lads diving in for blocks. I remember Noel McGrath was diving for blocks and John McGrath. We stayed fighting there to the very end but Cork were just that bit sharper at the finish.

We had said that we didn't want to get into a shootout with Cork because they are so dangerous, that's what they want and that's how they dictated because the game developed into a shootout.

Cork were energised throughout the game, the second goal was a killer and it was a mistake on our part because two lads went up for it and left Michael Cahalane in behind".

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