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Saturday 17 March 2018

Tipp not dwelling on Limerick defeat – Kelly

Jackie Cahill

EOIN Kelly is desperate to avoid talk of 2010 as Tipperary hurlers look to get their championship season back on track.

Kelly was captain three years ago when Tipp recovered from a 10-point loss to Cork in the Munster championship to finish the season as All-Ireland champions.

But the 31-year-old forward insists that history is irrelevant as Tipp look to bounce back from a disappointing Munster SHC semi-final defeat against Limerick.

The Premier County will discover their opponents in phase 2 of the All-Ireland qualifiers – Laois or the losers of the Dublin/Kilkenny clash – on Monday and Kelly is anxious to atone for that Gaelic Grounds setback as quickly as possible.

He said: "We're disappointed, but we have to move on. We can't keep dwelling on it and I don't want to hear anything about 2010 because that's 2010. It's 2013 now. When we get a draw, we'll have something to focus on."

Kelly was speaking in Semple Stadium as Tipperary announced a deal with Clean Ireland Recycling to sponsor the county hurling and football championships.

And Kelly admitted he was left bitterly disappointed when training-ground form did not transfer itself to the Limerick tie.

"Those levels in training – we didn't bring them out on match day against Limerick," he said.

"And if you don't bring them out on match day for the 70 minutes, you're not going to win. We can't take anything for granted.

"The less said about it, probably the better from our point of view."

Irish Independent

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