"You leave your big performances for the big days"

July 03, 2022

Kilkenny's Tj Reid celebrates his point against Clare ©INPHO/James Crombie

Kilkenny star TJ Reid says losing out in the previous two All-Ireland SHC semi-final was a huge motivation going into yesterday’s showdown against Clare.

The Cats delivered a devastating display at Croke Park to win out by 2-26 to 0-20 and advance to their first Liam McCarthy Cup decider since 2019.

Speaking to RTE Sport afterwards, Reid, who scored 0-10, said that a “massive effort” went in to getting the result against the Banner men.

“You have to be confident,” said the Ballyhale Shamrocks ace. “You have to believe in your team and we did. We had four weeks of great training, and we had some serious bonding.

“We were waiting in the long grass, and we trained really hard. We showed that today, and our performance was excellent from start to finish.

“We dominated the game in a lot of areas and it was a massive effort. It was needed because this Clare side were coming. We were a little bit quiet in Leinster, and nobody was talking about us really.

“We were just focused on one thing and that was the performance.”

He added: “You leave your big performances for the big days. We got through Leinster and won the final. We had four weeks…There is nothing won yet.

“Tomorrow we will watch Galway and Limerick…The big motivation over the last four weeks was that we lost the last two semi-finals. No way was that happening today.”

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