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Eirgrid Manager Moment of the Month: Liam Sheedy, Tipperary

Liam Sheedy, Tipperary
Liam Sheedy, Tipperary

How to cope with being a player down after a dismissal, or having an extra man after one of the opposition is red-carded, has proven tricky in both hurling and football over the years.

Liam Sheedy found himself dealing with a numerical disadvantage after corner-forward, John McGrath was sent off in the 45th minute of the All-Ireland semi-final against Wexford. He figured it out successfully and Tipperary won the rest of the game by 0-12 to 2-4.

He found himself facing a different challenge in the All-Ireland final after Kilkenny had Richie Hogan was sent off just before half-time.

At face value, it looked like a big advantage for Tipperary, but Sheedy would have been conscious of how his 14 men raised their game against Wexford.

Would Kilkenny do the same? They made a spirited effort but Tipperary were so well organised that they found most of the avenues to Brian Hogan's goal blocked. Tipperary won the second half by 2-16 to 0-9, thanks to a superb on-field effort and a structure masterminded by Sheedy.

It was another example of his shrewdness and earns him the EirGrid Manager Moment of the Month for August, chosen by former Dublin football manager Paul Caffrey, former Tipperary hurling manager Michael Ryan, and Irish Independent GAA Editor Martin Breheny.

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