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Liam Cahill on the league: Tipperary need to get back winning silverware

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Cahill has made no secret of his desire to win the league and this second successive win puts them in the front row with Limerick to qualify for the semi-finals.

Source: Irish Examiner

Seeing as they are the last of the 11 teams to start their Liam MacCarthy Cup campaign in April, making the knock-out stages of the Allianz Hurling League always seemed appetising for Tipperary.

Liam Cahill has made no secret of his desire for national silverware and this second successive win puts them in the front row with Limerick to qualify for the semi-finals.

“I get hit with a lot of questions about the league that it’s nearly a dreaded thing now to go and win the league from the way the whole league to championship is structured, but the National League, I’ve always said it is a national title and we in Tipp need to start getting back winning and winning silverware.

“If it’s on offer, you have to go after it and we have a nice panel at the moment that’s building there, and there are players that are hungry to have success.

"So if we do find ourselves in a league semi-final or in the latter stages, we’ll be going hard after it to win the league and put real shape and substance on what we are trying to do for the championship as well.”

Eventually dismissing Galway, Tipperary again looked physically strong around the middle where they have added Conor Bowe to the half-backs and Seamus Kennedy to midfield.

“Tipp is known as a traditional county and you move the ball as fast as possible from A to B. We’ve found out I suppose in recent years that teams found you out and they tend to deal with that.

“So what I’m trying to say is we are trying to bring a variation to our play and you saw that today at certain stages where we changed it up quite a bit and we’ll continue to work on that and see can we master it that bit better for later on.”

Henry Shefflin rued sluggish openings for Galway in both halves, although he took heart from how they battled back from eight points down to level the game in the second half.

“Yeah, we’ve started a lot of games slowly this year, to be fair. That is definitely a concern. Is it something we need to look at? Is it the warm-up? Training during the week or whatever?

“We’ll look at various different things but you have got to get to the pitch of the game because you can’t give up those leads and as hard as we tried to pull them back, which we did, to be fair to the lads they never gave up and they were really pushing forward.

"A couple of lapses and that’s what cost us in the end.” Cahill revealed he plans to cut the extended league panel following the Round 3 game against Westmeath.

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