Creedon hails victorious Tipperary

Updated: Saturday, 14 Jul 2012 19:12

Peter Creedon's side are through to the third round of the qualifiers
Peter Creedon's side are through to the third round of the qualifiers


Tipperary manager Peter Creedon hailed his players following their shock one-point victory over Wexford in round two of the All-Ireland Football Championship qualifiers in Semple Stadium.

Creedon, speaking to RTÉ’s Martin Kiely following the dramatic win, praised his players for their talent, attitude and spirit as they gained revenge for their 1-20 to 1-08 loss at the hands of Wexford in the Allianz League in early March.

He said: “It’s a great win for Tipperary. My hat goes off to the team. All twenty of them that played today played really well. It’s a great win.

“The spirit has been very good in training, but until you step onto the field in Championship you don’t know how you are going to react. Today I thought we played some excellent football.

“We probably left Wexford in the game to a degree, and we probably should have been further ahead at half-time.

“Wexford pushed on really hard in the second-half but, in fairness to my guys, they actually hung in there and got the couple of scores that got us over the finish line in the end.”

The Cork native, who took over from John Evans as manager in late March, was quick to praise his players.

Creedon stated: “Credit to young Michael Quinlivan up front. He stood up today big-time, and I think he arrived as a real serious inter-county footballer today. But all our guys got the hand in and won the hard ball. Gaelic Football is a simple game really if you are up for it mentally and you want to work hard enough. We have plenty of talent and this is a nice win for us.”

“I’m living in Tipperary nearly all my life, and I have worked with all these players. I’m just delighted for them.”