Monday, 12 June 2017

Cork sucker-punch floors Tipperary's footballers.

Munster Senior Football Semi-Final; Cork 1-10; Tipperary 1-09.
Tipperary went into Saturday's game,played at Pairc Ui Rinn,Cork,minus a number of players due to injury.They,also,started without last years outstanding captain,Peter Achinson,who has gone to work in Dubai.They also had the misfortune to have star forward,Micheal Quinlivan,stretchered off mid way through the first half.They took the game to Cork and held the lead until around the 45th.minute.Cork then started to hold the initiative and went into the lead,which they still held going into the concluding stages of the game.In the 68th.minute,Tipperary's star forward on the day,Conor Sweeney,scored a dramatic goal to give Tipperary a two points lead.Cork,however,weren't finished,they moved the ball swiftly up field to score a dramatic reply in the form of a goal by substitute,Lucas Connolly.
  Now is a time for everyone that would love to see Tipperary football progress to the top to put their shoulders to the wheel to make it happen.It would be very foolish indeed to sit back and expect that a long run in the qualifiers,similar to last year,is guaranteed.   Every game is a banana skin.The development of Tipperary football is an ongoing process.Top coaches should be used to train would-be coaches for teams at juvenile,and up to adult level.The structure,and playing,of club competition should be geared in such a way to enable games to be as competitive as possible,with a consequent improvement in standard.