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'It's an honour to lead them' Tipp boss David Power hails players after they end Munster drought

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

16:51 22 Nov 2020

For the first time since 1935, Tipperary are the Munster Senior Football Champions.

They beat Cork 17 points to 14 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon, on the 100th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

David Power's side are now just 70 minutes away from an All-Ireland final and will face Mayo in the last four in two weeks time.

The Premier boss was emotional Speaking to OTB Sports at full time,

"It's huge to be standing here. It was the way we won it as well. We won by three points, we kicked 17 points, it was amazing.

"They're a special group.

"85 years is a long, long time for Tipperary Football but I don't know what it was I always felt that we could win here today."

The Tipperary squad wore a special commemorative green and white jersey in the game to mark 100 years since Bloody Sunday.

Power felt it was fitting, but was keen too to point out that they weren't getting carried away in case it caused a distraction.

"People have been talking about different emotions.

"Wearing that green and white jersey was enough, I was offered all different momentoes from back in 1920 but I felt wearing the jersey was enough.

"I felt if we got too emotional about it we mightn't perform and it was an honour and a privilege for us to wear that green and white jersey today."

It's not the first time that Power has led Tipperary footballers to glory.

He guided their minors to a famous All Ireland win in 2011, as they beat Dublin by 3-9 to 1-14.

The Dubs side that day included future senior stars Ciaran Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion.

He was keen though to point out it was his players who deserved recognition today rather than him.

"Over the last couple of championship matches against Cork they got early goals against us.

"We said if we could keep it tight we'd be alright but we didn't change, we didn't go defensive, we played our football and we always felt if we didn't concede a goal today we'd have a massive chance.

"It's a very proud moment for me but it's not about me. I hate this stuff to honest with you, I'm just a mad Tipp football man.

"I'm honoured to be leading this group of men."

Tipp will now prepare for an All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo in this condensed season.

Power is under no illusion of the gravity of the task ahead but is also looking forward to the challenge.

"We've got two weeks to prepare to take on Mayo, and look who knows? We'll worry about that in a couple of days.

"We've got a huge amount of work to do, it's going to be a different opposition and up in Croke Park.

"Isn't it great to be talking about Tipp football on All-Ireland semi-final day.

"The lads will enjoy tonight and we'll get back on the horse on Tuesday. "

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