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Monday 23 October 2017

O'Shea not entirely satisfied despite Tipp victory

Tipperary hurling boss Eamonn O'Shea believes his team have a bit to do in order to challenge for top honours despite a resounding 5-25 to 1-20 win over Offaly in Saturday's All-Ireland SHC Round 2 Qualifier at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.

"We have bits and pieces to tidy up," he said.

"It (maintaining intensity over 70 minutes) is the biggest challenge as you progress in the Championship because you won't be given any latitude if you don't do that.

"I think one of the things we can't keep doing is having to claw back leads.

"We've got to keep the momentum in our games and match the intensity of our opponents.

"That's certainly come out today, we've more work to do in terms of our application."

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Indeed, the 17-point winning margin was somewhat harsh on the Faithful County after they trailed by only four points as late as the 50th minute.

But O'Shea's Tipperary sprung back into life with the in-form Seamus Callanan, who finished with 2-10, Lar Corbett and John O'Dwyer all getting fine scores before Callanan capped his superby display with an injury-time goal.

O'Shea acknowledged that Offaly gave them a lot of problems.

"Offaly presented a formidable challenge to us tonight even though we won by what we won by," he explained.

"It didn't reflect the effort Offaly put in. We got a good start and maybe relaxed a bit and they came back into it. Almost all the game they were able to get back in it. It was only at the end when we tacked in a goal and five or six points that there was really any daylight in it."

Despite the top-class performances from the likes of Callanan and Corbett, it was Patrick 'Bonner' Maher who walked away with the man of the match award after another tireless display. O'Shea was quick to praise the attacker, pointing out his importance for the Tipp cause: "He's a vital cog and has been for a number of years.

"He's our heartbeat really and he's everything you'd want in a hurler. He works hard and he unselfishly puts the ball in for his team-mates. He sees others before he sees himself and he's a marvellous man."

Meanwhile, Offaly boss Brian Whelahan is expected to remain at the helm despite another early exit.

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