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 Acheson,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 took the initiative and went into the lead, which they still held going into the concluding stages. In the 68th minute, Tipperary's star forward on the day, Conor Sweeney, scored a dramatic goal to give Tipperary a two point 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 those who 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 to make games as competitive as possible, with a consequent improvement in standard.
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