Reflecting on the win in a post-match interview, Tipp under 21 manager David Power, while satisified with a job well done was mostly concerned about his mounting injury list.
Tipp travel to Miltown Malbay tonight to take on Clare in the provincial semi-final.
“When we were nine points up to no score, John McGrath lost the ball down in the Waterford half back line and they counter attacked us. There was more us giving away the score than Waterford making the chance. That’s a bit disappointing. That happens when you have so much possession and on top so much, just a lack of concentration, we are all human beings.”
“My biggest concern now at the minute is the injuries, they seem to be mounting up. Steven O’Brien has a knee injury, Ross Mulcahy has a shoulder injury, Mikey (Quinlivan) has a dead calf, John Meagher is out as well with a quad and he definitely won’t be playing next Wednesday either. The injuries are really mounting up and I just hope the fixtures bodies won’t put any under 21 fixtures on this weekend because they are not robots, they’re just human beings.”
This appeal fell on deaf ears however with both the Mid u-21 final and South u-21 semi-final played on Saturday, with both needing extra-time
When asked about the strength of the subs bench and the impression Liam McGrath in particular made when coming on, the manager said...
“Liam McGrath was carrying a hamstring and we didn’t want to (play him) but when Mikey got injured we had no choice but to bring him on. But it’s good he got game time under his belt as well.
“After tonight it is very hard to say where we are at. We had this game won at half-time to be honest compared to last year when Waterford were still in the game with 15 minutes to go. That’s a big improvement and coming down to Dungarvan where at times Tipp can find it hard down here -19 points is a good score.”
“Clare next week, I am sure they were here tonight. I don’t know much about Clare, it’s in Miltown Malbay which is a journey in itself. At the same time we have seven days to recover and we won’t be taking Clare for granted. It’s all about getting a result against Clare no matter what.”
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