Thursday 26 April 2018

O'Shea: Home advantage irrelevant - I'd back my boys at any venue

O’Shea: Venue doesn’t matter
O’Shea: Venue doesn’t matter

Jackie Cahill

Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea insists that home advantage for Sunday's Munster final against Waterford won't influence the outcome of the game.

With Páirc Uí Chaoimh out of commission due to redevelopment works, both finalists struck a deal in conjunction with the Munster Council to play the showpiece at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

Waterford have enjoyed many great days there in recent seasons - this year, they beat Cork in the League decider there, and repeated the dose in the Munster semi-final.

O'Shea is bullish about his side's chances of performing anywhere against any opposition; his charges routed Limerick by 16 points at the Gaelic Grounds in the Munster semi-final.

And he said: "I never mind taking these boys anywhere, I wouldn't care where they had the game.

"From our point of view, the venue doesn't really matter.

The Deise are unbeaten in League and Championship this year, but O'Shea is confident Tipp can crack the Waterford code and secure his first piece of silverware at the helm.

He explained: "We played against a couple of counties with sweeper systems. You've got to remember the pace of the game is much different as you get on, it's not always the same conditions.

"I think it's more about playing the game we want to play. You'd be aware of the strengths of all teams but it's more the way we want to play ourselves."

Most neutral observers are predicting another Tipp-Kilkenny final and if that comes to pass, it will be the fifth time in seven seasons that the 'Big Two' will battle it out for the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September.

But O'Shea is not buying into the hype, insisting: "Lads wouldn't be listening to that. The public have a view - the public are wrong.

"There are five or six teams very competitive here. We're coming up against a team that's unbeaten and that's a formidable challenge.

"That's all we're concentrating on.

"I wouldn't know much going on in the Leinster championship. I wouldn't be concerned about it. It's none of my business now - I'm just concerned about the (Waterford) match."

Irish Independent

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