Tuesday 16 January 2018

Tipp footballers 'hurt' by lack of support

Jackie Cahill

TIPPERARY midfielder Hugh Coghlan admits it can be "hurtful" to see more opposition supporters than home fans at Semple Stadium when his county's senior footballers are in action.

Coghlan has called for more support for Tipp's Round 2 All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Wexford on July 14, which will be a home tie.

Coghlan admits that revenge is on his mind after Tipp suffered a 2-20 to 1-8 mauling against Jason Ryan's Wexford in Division 3 in March.

But Tipp will approach the repeat meeting with some confidence -- having scored a five-point victory against Offaly last Saturday evening.

The only negative from Coghlan's perspective was the fact that just 1,310 spectators turned up to witness Tipp's first championship victory since beating Laois in 2010.

"We're starting to go places now and a bit of extra support would be greatly appreciated," he said. "Sometimes it's been a laughing stock -- with more away supporters than home at our matches. That can be a little bit hurtful at times, when you're looking across and you don't see too many Tipp flags waving. But we'll get on with the game regardless."

Coghlan, a 2008 AIB All-Ireland club medallist with Dublin outfit St Vincent's, is now plying his trade with Portlaoise. The 29-year-old Moyne Templetuohy native admitted that he was disappointed with his own display against Offaly but was delighted that the team got the job done.

Looking ahead to Wexford, Coghlan said: "I watched most of Wexford's game on Sunday against Dublin -- and they looked a formidable force.

"Dublin were under pressure for the majority of the game but maybe the extra man didn't help Wexford in the end.

"We've had a fairly decent record against them in years gone by but they annihilated us in this year's league, and that still sticks in my mind.

"It always sits in the back of your head when you're beaten well -- it was such a big game for us at the time and we'd like to make up for it."

Irish Independent

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