Kilkenny defender Paul Murphy says that Tipperary have been the Team of the Championship.
Speaking to KCLR ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Final showdown, Paul says that Tipp proved they were a dangerous team under pressure in the Semi-Final victory over Galway…..
“I think they have been the team of the Championship. Their hunger and their aggression has been absolutely massive and they have shown a real sharpness to their game. They have had matches in windy and rainy conditions and there is a real aggression about them so I have been massively impressed by them but Tipperary are always like that, there is always a real sharpness to them but I suppose this year now, they have really upped their game again”
“Last year, they lost a Semi-Final a similar position to Galway but this year, I suppose they showed that bit more maturity and a bit calmer when it came to the last 5 or 10 minutes and they got the scores they needed to get and pulled away from Galway and that’s the sign of a real dangerous team as well”
Meanwhile Paul says that Conor Fogarty has been performing consistently well anytime he has played for Kilkenny over the past 3 years.
Speaking to KCLR ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Final, Paul says that Conor has emerged as one of the leaders within the team…..
“I don’t think we ever focus and tell lads they have to go out and you have to be a leader today, but sometimes players just step up and do. The likes of Conor Fogarty has been doing it all year, Cillian Buckley, Padraic Walsh, they have all been doing it in their own ways I suppose”
“It’s not that their going up and getting massive scores or anything, but they are just doing the right thing that needs to be done at the time and like Conor has had an absolutely brilliant year, but he has been like that for the last 2 or 3 years and so consistent every day he goes out and it’s great. We have lost Michael Fennelly, but it’s great to have a lad like Conor Fogarty in the middle of the pitch that whoever is going to be joining him, they can be guaranteed that the fellow beside him is going to have a great match”