Tuesday 16 January 2018

Evans sticking to county line

Tipperary 1-15 UCC 0-10

TIPPERARY manager John Evans has refused to be drawn on the issue of payments to inter-county managers.

The Kerry native insisted after yesterday's McGrath Cup SF semi-final victory over UCC that he will abide by the official view of the Tipperary County Board.

Newly-appointed Premier County chairman Sean Nugent voiced strong opposition to any moves to pay top bosses.

And Evans said: "Whatever the Tipperary County Board decide, that's what I go under. If that's not payment to managers, then so be it. I'm under the umbrella of the Tipperary County Board."

Tipp, meanwhile, are through to a first McGrath Cup final since 2003 and will meet Cork in next Sunday's decider at the Clonmel Sportsfield.

Ace forward Barry Grogan took his seasonal tally to 4-12 from three matches with a haul of 1-5 yesterday as Tipp scored an eight-point victory over UCC, the current Sigerson Cup holders and Cork county champions.

SCORERS -- Tipperary: B Grogan 1-6 (4f, 1 '45), H Coghlan 0-3, B Fox, P Acheson, C Sweeney, P Austin, B Mulvihill, S Ryan 0-1 each. UCC: G O'Grady 0-6 (5f), J O'Sullivan 0-3 (2f), G Ryan 0-1.

TIPPERARY -- P Fitzgerald; J Ryan, P Codd, A Morrissey; L Egan, T Ryan, B Fox; B Jones, E Ryan; H Coghlan, D Butler, P Acheson; C Sweeney, P Austin, B Grogan. Subs: R Costigan for J Ryan (46), M Quinlivan for Butler (57), S Grogan for E Ryan (62), S Ryan for Austin (68), B Mulvihill for Coghlan (70+1).

UCC -- S Mellet (Cork); M Galvin (Kerry), David Culhane (Kerry), R Buckley (Cork); L Jennings (Cork), A Greaney (Kerry), M Hickey (Cork); P Lucey (Kerry), J O'Sullivan (Cork); B Daly (Cork), D O'Sullivan (Kerry), S Beston (Cork); G Ryan (Tipperary), B Coughlan (Cork), G O'Grady (Kerry). Subs: O Mulrooney (Cork) for Coughlan (51), E Buckley (Cork) for Daly (65).

REF -- M Condon (Waterford)

Irish Independent

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