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We were as motivated as Cats, insists McGrath


McGrath: no excuses

McGrath: no excuses

McGrath: no excuses

TIPPERARY star Noel McGrath offered no excuses in the wake of his side's Allianz Hurling League defeat to Kilkenny last Saturday.

"We were disappointed with our performance. After 15 or 20 minutes we had started off fairly well and we kind of died out after that. Kilkenny outscored us 0-9 to 0-1 coming up to half-time.

"We were up for that game. We wanted to win that match as much as Kilkenny. It's a new year so every team is starting at the bottom again, so we had as much motivation as them."

And although Tipp are adjusting to new management in the wake of Liam Sheedy's departure, McGrath insists much of the set-up has remained the same since Declan Ryan took over.

"You have the same back room there, the same trainer. We had Declan at minor so we're used to him and everyone just slotted in as if it was always there."

Elsewhere, All Star midfielder Brendan Maher is a major injury concern for Tipp's clash with Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday.

The 2010 Young Hurler of the Year came off with 16 minutes remaining in last Saturday's defeat with a hip injury after falling awkwardly.

Fears that the Borrisoleigh clubman had sustained knee damage have been dismissed but the 22-year-old was also feeling the effects of a jaw injury sustained when he was was caught accidentally by TJ Reid's hurl.

While Maher is rated as doubtful, midfield partner Shane McGrath and centre-back Conor O'Mahony are expected to be ready in time for the Dubs.

Irish Independent