- Ken Hogan and Tom Dempsey reflect on the one-sided semi-finals and look ahead to the final itself
- Tom Dempsey and Ken Hogan assess Dublin's chances in the Leinster Championship following their big defeat to Tipperary
- Pauric Lodge reports on an emphatic win for Tipp
- Tipperary coach Eamonn O'Shea was more than happy with the victory over Dublin
- Tipp forward Shane Bourke on the importance of a good start against Dublin
Tipperary forward Shane Bourke says that getting a good start was key to their victory over Dublin in Semple Stadium.
The Leinster men actually opened up with a point but Shane and Pa Bourke struck goals to open up a lead that was never relinquished.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the 4-20 to 0-17-point win, Bourke said: “It’s always important to get a good start. We knew Dublin were going to come hard at us early on so we just needed to be up for it.
“It was a long ball in and luckily I got in front of my man and scuffled it home from about a yard.
“We’ve shown in the league so far that when we’re up for it, we can be very good but equally when we’re not, it shows. We got a good start and drove it on, which is the most pleasing aspect for us."
Bourke acknowledged that the wind played its part in the outcome, which sees them into the final against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on 5 May.
He said: “Brendan Cummins’ puck-outs were coming long, which is a big advantage. It’s always good to start with the wind and get on top. Dublin were always chasing so it was very significant.”
“A lot of us have never played in a National League final, [there’s] no National League medals for most of the panel.
"It’s huge, you’ve only an opportunity in the year to win three big trophies and this is the first of them.
“We’re looking forward to it, [it's] great at this time of the year to be looking forward to big games.”