Laois manager Tomas O Flatharta admitted Tipperary deserved their win over his side on Saturday in the All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers, as Laois’ season came to a disappointing end.
Laois staged a remarkable comeback to rein in a ten point half-time deficit and draw level with eight minutes to go, but Tipperary finished the stronger to win by five.
It was Laois’ first half performance which ultimately cost them, as they were played off the field by a rampant Tipperary side. O Flatharta admitted afterwards that it was during this period the game was lost. “It was a really, really barren spell for us, they were on top in the middle of the field and they were running through, and we couldn’t get to grips with them at all.
We gathered ourselves at half time, and I suppose the lads did show an awful lot of courage in the second half to bring it from being ten points down to be level.
“We thought we might have been able to kick on from there even, but in fairness to Tipperary they did come back at us, and the black cards didn’t help us, but we just have to get on with those as well.”
Tipperary went on a scoring run of 1-9 without reply in the first half, as Laois failed to score for 21 minutes. Second half goals from James Finn, Conor Meredith and David Conway raised hopes of an unlikely turnaround, but Tipp ran out 3-17 to 4-9 winners.
See this week’s Leinster Express for full report and reaction.