Wednesday 28 September 2016

Momentum with Tipperary for Croker date - O'Halloran

Published 27/07/2016 | 02:30

Kevin O’Halloran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kevin O’Halloran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Tipperary sharpshooter Kevin O'Halloran insists "momentum is on our side" heading into Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash with Galway in Croke Park.

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The Premier men had three weeks to recover from their Munster final defeat to Kerry but after their win over Derry in Kingspan Breffni Park last Saturday, they are straight back into action this weekend.

"It's only a week out so momentum is on our side this time," said the Portroe man. "We had three weeks off there but it's nice to have a game coming up so quickly."

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Tipp produced a much improved performance from the Munster final in Cavan last weekend with O'Halloran admitting that the occasion of a Munster final got to his side.

"The Munster final was a big thing for us. The occasion kind of got to most of us more than anything. We watched it on video the first couple of nights and we just had to put it away. It's in the past and we have to look forward now.

"The Munster final will stand to us and we'll go out the next day and we won't let it (the occasion) get to us."

Morale

And O'Halloran insists his team mates will be ready to go for Sunday's clash with the Connacht side. "The worst thing you could do after a loss is lose again. It's never good for morale. We had three weeks to get our heads right and when we found out we had Derry that was it. We just had to go out and perform.

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"There's a bigger game ahead and that's what we're focusing on now. We'll refresh our minds. Galway won the Connacht final, beat Roscommon fairly well and we'll be going in as underdogs and rightly so. We just have to go out and perform and not let ourselves down.

"The two teams go out to play football, they'll go at it hammer and tongs. Hopefully it'll be a great game."

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