Conor Sweeney may have fired over one of the finest points in recent memory last Saturday, but he said the score would have counted for little if Tipperary hadn't beaten Limerick to qualify for the Munster SFC final.
As the game entered its dying moments, with Limerick ahead by one point, the nerveless Sweeney sent over an outrageous effort from the left wing, via his left foot, to bring the game into extra-time.
Eventually, Tipp prevailed by a point but only after moments of sheer drama including controversy over a penalty decision that didn’t go Limerick’s way and a late missed free from the Shannonsiders that would have steered the affair towards a penalty shoot-out.
It’s not the first brush with drama the Tipp footballers have had in the past seven years or so. Many of their games have come down to the wire and finished on a knife edge.
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"We don’t do it on purpose," Sweeney told RTÉ Sport.
"It was never going to be easy to beat Limerick in the first place, but we couldn’t afford to come out and be the way we were in the first half," he said.
"In that first half we were far too slow and passive, very lethargic.
"In the second half we showed great energy and intensity, but we need to play like that from the word 'go’.
"If we go out and do that next day, we won’t have a chance."
Tipp manager David Power has praised Sweeney, who has scored 2-17 in his last four games for the county, as being a real talisman.
"He is just a brilliant fellow and a real leader, everything you’d want in a captain," Power said.
"He’s always out practising his shooting and free-taking well before training and constantly encouraging the younger lads, never giving out and always egging them on."
As for Sweeney himself he doesn’t dwell too long on that Maurice Fitzgerald-like score he fired over.
"Semi-finals are there to be won and it wouldn’t have mattered a bit if we didn’t win," he reflected.
"No one will give us chance based on that performance. It’s great to get to a final but we need to give a good account of ourselves too.
"We got to a Munster final in 2016 but performed poorly and we don’t want to do that again."
Although Sweeney knows his team is capable of much better he is also aware that the kinks in the Tipp system can be ironed out.
"Move the ball quicker, show more composure and work harder," he added.
"We were just far too slow in the first half and while we got a few kick-outs away there wasn’t enough direct running or off the shoulder running.
"Limerick were big men, they got men back and turned us over. It’s in our own interests to move the ball quicker."
Tipperary will now play Cork in the Munster SFC on 22 November with news on the venue to be clarified in the coming days.
The Premier County will wear a special green and white jersey for the provincial final to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
The Tipperary county board confirmed this morning the team's wearing of the jersey ‘as worn by Tipperary on that eventful day as a mark of respect to all of the fallen’.
The jersey will feature an image of Michael Hogan on the sleeve along with the official Tipperary and GAA crests.
Meanwhile team sponsors Teneo have agreed to forego their name on the front of this commemorative shirt due to the historical significance of the occasion.