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Maher: We have to finish the job now

Updated: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 15:33 | Comments

Padraic Maher and Tipperary are now 70 minutes away from a first All-Ireland title since 2010
Padraic Maher and Tipperary are now 70 minutes away from a first All-Ireland title since 2010

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Tipperary full-back Padraic Maher feels their Championship run will count for nothing if they don't go on and beat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final.

The Premier County booked their place in the 7 September decider with a ten-point victory over Cork in Sunday's semi-final.

For Maher, getting to the final is the culmination of a lot of hard work but they now must get over the final hurdle.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "Thankfully we're back in the final. It was our goal at the start of the year. We did make it hard on ourselves at times but we got there. We know what we're capable of doing. 

"We just have to go and finish the job now in three weeks time. It's no good doing all that hard work and if you don't win the final. 

Maher, who was named the RTÉ Sunday Game - Man of the Match for his performance against the Rebels, paid tribute to the Tipperary management who came for some criticism following some indifferent displays in the league and the loss to Limerick in Munster. 

"The backroom team have been great since they came in. It's great that we got them the win today. They deserved it for the effort they put in over the last two years.

They have shifted a lot of criticism for us over the last few months."   

Next month's final will be the fourth time in six seasons that Kilkenny and Tipperary have met in the showpiece event.

The Cats are ahead 3-1 and as of now are slight favourites with the bookies to add to their All-Ireland haul.

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