Tipperary Minor Hurling Panel, Management and Backroom Team celebrate the Munster Final success at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Bridget Delaney

Tipp prove to be better than all the rest

In the end, Tipperary produced a performance when it mattered the most.

This years new Munster minor championship format has led to many ups and downs for Tipperary but come the end of it, no one can deny they were the best team in the province.

They may have had their fate out of their hands going into the final round of group games but having got the result they wanted, they proved on the biggest day that they had the mentality and skill to win Tipperary’s 41st Munster title.

The wins over Cork and Clare were cancelled out by losses to Limerick and Waterford which threatened to de-rail Tipperary’s hopes but in both those games, the Premier County were in commanding positions before letting them slip and last Sunday proved to be their most controlled and complete performance of the campaign.

“It didn’t feel like that at times,” admitted winning manager Tommy Dunne.

“We probably got a bit lucky after half time when Limerick had a good few chances but didn’t take them and we know what that is like.

“But we finished the last 25 minutes, I was delighted with the way they played.@


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