Monday 9 December 2019

Please God we get another game like that in the replay – Shane McGrath

Gearóid Ryan, Tipperary, reacts to a missed goal opportunity. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Gearóid Ryan, Tipperary, reacts to a missed goal opportunity. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Cormac Byrne

Anyone who witnessed today’s All-Ireland final was treated to a sporting symphony and Tipperary midfielder Shane McGrath can’t wait to do it all over again in three weeks time.

HawkEye ruled out John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer’s late long distance free to deny the Premier County a victory in one of the greatest GAA finals of all time.

For the third year in a row the All-Ireland hurling final has ended in a draw and both squads must recoup ahead of a rematch on Saturday September 27 at 5pm.

Tipp led by 1-12 to 1-10 at the break but second half goals from Richie Power and TJ Reid had the Cats four in front only for Tipp to come roaring back with John O’Dwyer and Seamus Callanan both hitting seven points.

An exasperated Shane McGrath told RTE Radio after the game: “What an advertisement for the game of hurling.

“The two teams were absolutely spent, everyone of us. We gave it our all, it came down to a bit of technology after it all.

7 September 2014; Brian Hogan and JJ Delaney, Kilkenny, contest a high ball with Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Brian Hogan and JJ Delaney, Kilkenny, contest a high ball with Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Patrick Maher, Tipperary, in action against Conor Fogarty, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Eoin Larkin, Kilkenny, in action against Brendan Maher, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Richie Hogan, Tipperary, in action against Paddy Stapleton, Brendan Maher, and Kieran Bergin, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Paul Murphy, Kilkenny, in action against Patrick Maher, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Richie Power, Kilkenny, shoots to score his side's third goal of the game. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Patrick Maher, Tipperary, in action against Brian Hogan, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Eoin Larkin, Kilkenny, clashes with Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Pádraic Maher, Tipperary, in action against Richie Power, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Patrick Maher, Tipperary, is taken down by Paul Murphy, Kilkenny, resulting in referee Barry Kelly awarding a penalty. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Richie Power, Kilkenny, scores his side's third goal, past Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; John O'Dwyer, Tipperary, takes the last free of the game. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson clears under pressure from Eoin Larkin, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Lar Corbett, Tipperary, has a shot saved by Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Gearóid Ryan, Tipperary, reacts to a missed goal opportunity. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Brendan Maher, Tipperary, in action against Michael Fennelly, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Eoin Larkin, Kilkenny, loses his hurley trying to block a shot by Noel McGrath, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Shane McGrath, Tipperary, in action against Conor Fogarty, 9, and Walter Walsh, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Paul Murphy, Kilkenny, in action against Patrick Maher, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Paddy Stapleton, Tipperary, in action against Richie Power, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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“We have another day out and please God we get another day like that, it’s be a great one.

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“We’ve great respect for Kilkenny and they have great respect for us.

“Fair play to bubbles he had the bottle. He’s only a young lad. To come up and take the free and there was only the width of the post in it.

There is some belief in this team, we never say die and it will be the same the next day.

“I think the performance is down to the management team and the belief we have in ourselves.

“We never gave up and that’s why we are back here in three weeks time.”

Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea commended both sides on a truly majestic sporting occasion.

Read more: As it happened: Kilkenny v Tipperary

“It’s a great game isn’t it? We brought out the best in each other,” he said

“Two teams can play that kind of game? I’m really proud of both sets of players.

“It was a fantastic game and people who thought about Tipperary in tight games need to change their thinking.

“There is great character in our team and in Kilkenny’s.”

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