English delighted with perfect year
Tipperary manager Nicky English lavished praise on his side this afternoon, hailing a ‘perfect season’ which has seen Tipp first take the league title before today’s epic All-Ireland winning performance.
"Over the next few years these boys will be remembered for the perfect season," claimed the Tipperary legend after guiding his players through an unbeaten 17 match campaign. "We’ve had an unbeaten season, a perfect season."
"I refused all week to believe we’d win it," English said after the match. "But I always knew we could win, and as I expected, we got a mighty battle from Galway."
Tipperary’s record this season reads played 17, won 15, drawn 2, an unbeaten run English believes will be hard to better.
"I’m not sure if Tipperary will ever achieve the [league and All-Ireland] double again, but it will be interesting to see if anybody else can do it."
Meanwhile, winning captain Tom Dunne was delighted at having lifted the Liam McCarthy cup, the first Tipp man to do so in a decade, and paid tribute to the fighting spirit of Galway.
"We knew they were an outstanding team," said Dunne, "and they came back with goals to throw the game into the melting pot."
"Thankfully, we got a couple of scores to keep ourselves in front."