Monday 20 August 2018

Kehoe: Premier will make up for Munster U-21 final no-show

Tipperary's Mark Kehoe. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Tipperary's Mark Kehoe. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tipperary U-21 star Mark Kehoe has vowed that his side will put in a better performance in tonight's Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U-21 championship semi-final clash with Galway than they did in their last outing in the Munster final.

Liam Cahill's Tipperary found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-23 to 1-13 scoreline in last month's Munster decider against a Cork side littered with senior stars.

However, Kehoe, who will start at wing forward this evening, insists his side are better than they showed in that Páirc Uí Chaoimh clash.

"We made a lot of mistakes, even leading up to the game and in the game itself, maybe we didn't really prepare as well as we could and we're going to learn from those mistakes," Kehoe said.

"Maybe we needed a kick to put us in better shape coming into this game.

"But definitely we let ourselves down against Cork, and we let the Tipperary supporters down, putting in such a flat performance. We just want to make sure that it doesn't happen again now."

Tipp came into that game after beating reigning All-Ireland champions Limerick and on reflection, Kehoe reckons that result might have led to the team being a little complacent.

"Maybe a small bit (complacent). You can't really judge, but judging by the performance against Cork it was obviously different.

"We got in Limerick's faces but we didn't do any of that against Cork and we want to do that the next day.

"If we gear ourselves right then we know we can really match anyone. Under-21 is so close, anyone can match anyone, you just don't know what's going to happen on the day."

They take on Leinster champions Galway in the Gaelic Grounds tonight. The Tribesmen picked up silverware after a dramatic win over Wexford in their provincial decider. And several members of these Galway and Tipp teams have history with the Premier running in seven goals when they met in an All-Ireland minor championship semi-final two years ago.

"Seven goals, yeah. I think it was a bit of a strange day," Kehoe recalled. "I just think we were geared right. Mentally we were right and it was one of those days where everything just fell into place. It doesn't happen often.

"But I doubt that's going to happen against Galway this time. It will be a lot tighter. It will be a different game."

"Galway hurling has a lot of momentum, with the senior and beating Wexford in extra-time, it shows they have a lot spirit and they're going to be a serious team.

"We're going to have to up our game. They're a big, physical team and hopefully we can match them."

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