AGONY: Cian Boland and Sean McClelland. Photo: Sportsfile
As much as Dublin’s lively start had given them the edge in the initial match three weeks ago, it was Tipperary’s turn to race out of the blocks with two early goals effectively setting them on course for their 18th title at this grade.
The concession of those goals to Mark McCarthy and Tadhg Gallagher inside the opening quarter, given Dublin’s previously parsimonious defensive record, left the Dubs facing an uphill battle according to team manager Shay Boland.
“It was the start that we needed to get, more so than them. It is all about on the day and we knew that but it just didn’t happen for us. We just need to learn from this and move on.
“There’s no reason why we didn’t get the start that we got the last day and if we did, we probably wouldn’t be talking here now.
“Tipperary just got the breaks early on and that’s just the way it is at minor level. It is very hard to recover. It’s not like at senior when you have a bit more time with the lads and a lot more experiences that you can learn from.”
As for the future of the St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh clubman, it appears that a break from intercounty service might be of benefit after the disappointment of two successive All-Ireland defeats.
“I don’t know. I feel I’ve done enough at this stage. In fairness, I’m at this since under-16 and two years at minor and maybe the lads now need to hear a different voice.
“These are not decisions for today. I’ve no plans at all for next year. I just know that I won’t be with the minors next year as my two-year term is up but after that I don’t know. The County Board have to sit down with whoever and make their own decisions,” concluded Boland.
– Ronan Mac Lochlainn – Evening Herald