Monday afternoon’s All-Ireland minor quarter-final reached a critical juncture in the 62nd minute.
Monday afternoon’s All-Ireland minor quarter-final reached a critical juncture in the 62nd minute. Monaghan led 0-10 to 0-8 before Stephen Quirke created room for a shot which was blocked. Gerry Cronin gathered the rebound only to see his effort at a three-pointer blocked before Quirke grabbed the ball once more. The Moyle Rovers man went for goal and this time the crossbar denied Quirke and Monaghan cleared their lines. Indeed, the slim margin which decided this quarter-final was not lost on Tipperary manager Charlie McGeever.
“Small margins win these matches, but in fairness to Monaghan today they kicked (points) better than we did and they deserved it. That has been our Achilles heel. We have not been racking up enough of scores,” Charlie McGeever told the Tipperary Star following the Premier’s 0-9 to 0-12 defeat in Pearse Park, Longford.
“We needed a green flag. We did our work in terms of not conceding goals to Monaghan who had scored ten up to now. We kept them out, but we needed a green flag. I suppose it was the width of a crossbar in it in the end, but in a tight match Monaghan took their chances better. Today we just left a couple of chances behind us.”
Charlie McGeever was joined on the management team by coach Kevin Mulryan and selectors Paddy O’Flaherty and Shane Stapleton.