Friday 24 November 2017

The pundits put me down this week but we showed up with our 'A' game - James Woodlock

Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Tireless Tipperary midfielder James Woodlock used all the talk of Cork's expected dominance of midfield to motivate himself into a huge display in today's 10-point victory over Cork.

Woodlock, who suffered a horror leg break in 2009, will now complete an amazing comeback story by lining out in an All-Ireland final four years after that awful day.

Both he and midfield partner Shane McGrath hit three points from as they contributed hugely to Tipp's success and Woodlock was delighted to prove the doubters wrong.

"I got the bad leg break on October 18 (2009) and I've been trying to get back here and I was looking forward to this," he told RTE Radio.

"The pundits were putting myself and maybe the other midfielder down all week saying that we'd be under pressure but I think we gave a good account of ourselves.

"We were marking two top class midfielders on a great Cork team.

"We had to bring our 'A' game and I thought we brought it today. Other than that we wouldn't have beaten Cork."

Tipp now face Kilkenny in the decider looking for a 'backdoor' All-Ireland and the 28-year-old believes there could be a lot of improvement to come from Eamon O'Shea's charges.

"We've a rocky road travelled this year and we put ourselves through that we're just delighted to be here," he said.

"We really wanted to prove how good we are today and I think there is more in the tank."

Seamus Callanan will capture most of the headlines after hitting 2-4 in the victory but was keen to stress that nothing was won today.

"We have no medals yet. Just glad to be back to a final," he told The Sunday Game.

"Forwards are nothing without the hard work out the field of others."

For the best expert analysis and reaction to all the weekend's GAA action pick up tomorrow's Irish Independent

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