Monday 11 December 2017

Quinlivan says it's about time Tipp had faith in their ability

Tipperary's Michael Quinlivan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Tipperary's Michael Quinlivan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Michael Quinlivan admits the Tipperary football squad are on a "first name basis" with their small but dedicated band of followers but he is hoping they'll attract more support from the Premier County for Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Galway in Croke Park.

Tipp produced a storming finish against Derry last weekend to secure their place in the last eight for the first time in the county's football history.

And Quinlivan is hoping their latest landmark success might spark interest in the big ball game in the county.

"It's first-name basis (with the supporters)," he said. "And you can see them whether it's a league game up in Armagh or Fermanagh last year or Sligo, it's the same lads out on the field - they will be there week in, week out.

"Hopefully now we might bring a few extra to Dublin next weekend, and then we'll see where that takes us.

"But, this one (the win over Derry), was for our supporters , they've been with us for so long at this stage. It was definitely for them."


The Tipp panel were very vocal in their desire to make the last eight in the build-up to the Derry game and Quinlivan believes it's high time the team starting demanding more from itself.

"That's what we've been saying since the match against Kerry. We were waiting for whoever came out in the draw. We were going to do everything in our power to win.

"I think it's about time we started putting pressure on ourselves, if you are a so-called weaker county and you are playing down your chances all the time, even in public, sometimes it does start to seep through.

"We were confident in our ability, that it would get us over the line."

The Clonmel Commercials man is friendly with Galway forward Shane Walsh but insists there will be no contact this week.

"I know Shane Walsh pretty well," he said "He was snapping me (sending a snapchat) on the way to a wedding this morning.

"I'm sure there won't be much talk during the week now. I'd have a lot of respect for a lot of them Galway boys.

"They were written off big time at the start of the year like us, especially for the Mayo game. I thought they were super that day and while they were involved in a bad Connacht final they bounced back with a fantastic victory last weekend.

"No doubt we will have our work cut out. We will look forward to the challenge."

Irish Independent

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