Just minutes after he and his colleagues qualified for the All-Ireland hurling final, Tipperary's Noel McGrath was trying to take it all in after he played his part in an epic contest against Wexford. 

For his efforts, McGrath was named the RTÉ Man of the Match as the Premier prevailed by 1-28 to 3-20 to set up a date with arch rivals Kilkenny in three weeks' time.

In a contest where McGrath's brother John was sent off at a crucial period in the second half and Tipp trailed by five points during that period, the manner of the victory is a testament to the resolve of the Munster men.

Summing it up to RTÉ Sport afterwards, Noel McGrath said: "I don't really have words to describe what has gone on for that 70 to 75 minutes. We had our backs to the wall for a lot of that second half after going down to 14 men.

"We were questioned beforehand about what we can and can't do. I'll tell you anyone that was looking for answers got them today. 

"Look, this is why we train, this is why we play. That was some occasion. To come out on the right side was even better."

Eventually, thoughts will focus on Brian Cody's Cats, with the Loughmore-Castleiney clubman adding: "We'll regroup, we'll refresh, relax tonight and enjoy ourselves.

"We'll get up tomorrow morning and think about what's going to come in three weeks."