Tipperary U20 boss Liam Cahill hailed the 'class' performance of Jake Morris after the ace forward clinched the match-winning goal in their Munster final victory over Cork.
Morris, who finished with a tally of 1-4, found the back of the net at the end of injury-time to edge the Premier County over the line after a thrilling battle in Semple Stadium. The hosts were trailing by two points when Morris was presented with the chance to claim the decisive score.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the final whistle, Cahill said that the senior inter-county star was the right candidate to finish the move under such immense pressure.
"Jake would have had a quiet game by his standards throughout the match but the class guy he is, he's been a phenomenal leader since I've worked with him at underage level. He's an incredible young guy.
"His standards are absolutely through the roof and every night he comes training either with us or with Liam Sheedy, he tries to improve every night.
"The opportunity couldn't fall to a better player. The right player at the right time. I don't think any other player would have been able to take on what he did and put the ball where he put it to clinch the game."
Jake Morris with a match winning goal for Tipperary! pic.twitter.com/KIJonrcA7o— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 23, 2019
Remarking on the intense battle that unfolded between the rival counties, Cahill said:
"An absolute belter of a match really, great game. Both teams going at it as hard as they could, unleashing everything in their locker and just coming down to the wire.
"Cork up by two, goal at the end. That's what Tipp and Cork encounters do. We've had some serious battles at minor level two years ago and there was nothing in that game tonight, it could have gone either way.
"I even said to [Tipperary coach] Mikey Bevans with three or four minutes to go that regardless of the result, this game is going to crown both teams. Both teams will improve a mile after tonight."
The victory sees Tipperary progress to the All-Ireland semi-final where they will take on a Wexford side who lost out to Kilkenny in the Leinster decider.
But Cork are not out of the contest and will take on the Cats in the other final-four tie. Tipperary and Cork battled it out in the last All-Ireland U21 final in 2018, but Cahill says the sides could still meet again in this competition.
"My challenge is to get the players ready for 10 days' time to play Wexford," says Cahill.
"That's a good Wexford team that I saw playing against Kilkenny in the Leinster final. We'll do our best to freshen up, get the result there and we'l let the other side fight away.
"There could be a big possibility that Tipp and Cork could meet in an All-Ireland final."