'It was the manner of the defeat'

May 22, 2024

Cork's Alan Connolly and Michael Breen of Tipperary ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Shane McGrath has questioned the desire of the Tipperary players after they exited the Munster SHC with a whimper last Sunday.

The former All-Ireland winning midfielder was as disappointed as any Tipp fan at the 4-30 to 1-21 drubbing by Cork in FBD Semple Stadium.

"It was the manner of the defeat," McGrath told the RTÉ GAA Podcast.

"I’ve played matches where you’re opening a field for a GAA club with two inter-county teams, and the last 10 or 15 minutes of some of those games was probably more intense than what we watched in Thurles.

"I don't want to be too critical. Who could be playing for Tipp that's not playing for Tipp?

"There are not many, everyone that should be playing is probably in there. Maybe one or two people would say there are lads from our club or lads from this club, but everyone that should be there is in there. It's not as if there are seven or eight lads that should be in there that aren't.

"I just don't know. I mean you can't keep saying it's management all the time. We were always told when you step beyond the white line, it really is down to you, regardless of what else is happening.

"It really is down to you. What you want to do and how much you want to play. And I just don't know whether we are seeing it at the moment."

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