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Bonner's defiance may not be enough for Tipperary

Diarmuid Lyng

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

Patrick 'Bonner' Maher turns away from Cork's Shane O'Neill during Tipperary's All-Ireland SHC semi-final win. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Patrick 'Bonner' Maher turns away from Cork's Shane O'Neill during Tipperary's All-Ireland SHC semi-final win. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

It's rare that the winning manager singles out a player with the highest of praise after a semi-final.

But Eamon O'Shea made an exception for 'Bonner' Maher. He clearly feels that Bonner is so at one with the type of game that he plays that it won't have any effect on the engine of his attack.

"An example of how the game should be played." Seems fair.

Bonner's is a defiant style, but it's not born out of defiance, rather the outward expression of the inner character he is. That's what makes it so admirable.

Padraic Maher and James Woodlock referenced being driven by criticism that the team had received over the past few years.

For the Cork game, Woodlock read how midfield was to be non-contest. It's stuff that players claim doesn't get in, but obviously can't avoid. That stuff builds defiance.

But defiance wins semi-finals. Not All-Irelands. Especially against a Kilkenny side trading in a purer spirit. They're playing the way Bonner plays. The way it should be played. Nothing less will do for Tipperary.

Irish Independent

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