Thursday 24 May 2018

McGrath: Focused Forde 'hurling the stuff of his life'

Forde has been the outstanding player so far for Tipperary in the league. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Forde has been the outstanding player so far for Tipperary in the league. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Tipperary All-Star John McGrath believes his partner for college and county Jason Forde could be about to unleash havoc in the summer months.

McGrath and Forde combined brilliantly in this year's Fitzgibbon Cup as they helped UL secure the title with a 2-21 to 2-15 victory over DCU in the final at Mallow.

Forde (24) has been the outstanding player so far for Tipperary in the league, hitting 3-28 in the first three matches before he was rested last weekend when they lost to Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.

"He's hurling the stuff of his life really. I am playing with Jason for a good few years now since minor," said McGrath. "He is a serious talent and I am absolutely delighted for him this year. He is really showing what he is capable of.

"He is really stepping up. He is leading the line like I know he is capable of. He is such a clever hurler and it's great to be playing with lads like that.

"He is after taking it up a level. That's what you need. He is getting that bit more mature as well. I am delighted for him. He is showing the type of form that I and a lot other people know he is capable of. I hope it continues for another couple of months."

McGrath scored 1-1 in the All-Ireland semi-final last year but Tipperary slipped to a narrow 0-22 to 1-18 defeat against Galway.

Tipperary were hammered 3-21 to 0-14 by Galway in the NHL final last season and have had a mixed start to 2018 with two wins and two losses.

After their 2-22 to 2-21 defeat at Kilkenny, Tipperary host Cork in the final round of matches at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

"We made a slow start but then we got two good wins. It's important to be getting those wins to progress in the competition into the quarter-finals and anything can happen from there," said McGrath.

"The more wins the better as the season goes on."

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