What they said … the hurling weekend in quotes

May 28, 2018

The Tipperary and Cork players parade before their Munster SHC round 2 clash at Semple Stadium, Thurles.
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"It wouldn't be in our DNA to give in or to accept it. We'll fight to the very end, to minute 72 of the fourth game or 73 or 74, whatever it takes. We will be working as hard as we possibly can trying to stay in this Championship. Same as the other four teams in Munster."

Tipperary looked dead and buried at half-time against Cork but Michael's Ryan's players produced an impressive second-half comeback to nick a share of the spoils.

"We always knew Tipp would have their purple patch as well and fair play to them. Look, the boys showed fantastic character, we could easily be coming out here with nothing, but we've another point on the board, especially away from home."

Cork captain Seamus Harnedy focussed on the positives.

"We worked very hard but we still go away with one or two things we can brush up on. The games are coming in quick proximity and it's all about recovery. We have two more games to come, one with a six-day turnaround."

Micheal Donoghue and the All-Ireland champions made it two wins from as many outings in the Leinster SHC.

"You can see the confidence in their play and the team work in their play. It is not a surprise. The hurlers have been there the whole time. And they are obviously a hugely strong team and have an awful lot going for them."

Brian Cody had no complaints about the end result in Pearse Stadium and took his hat off to the Tribesmen.

"Today is crazy, you couldn't write it really. We found it hard to fix everything because we just couldn't have foresaw, you try and cover every eventuality but you just couldn't plan for that."

A catalogue of injuries to key players and Kevin Moran's sending-off left Deise boss Derek McGrath scratching his head.

"The crowd said it all as to John Conlon's performance. He got a standing ovation. But he has been immense for us in back-to-back games. He is in an unbelievable vein of form."

Clare joint-manager Gerry O'Connor was full of praise for John Conlon who hit 1-3 in Cusack Park.

"Obviously their heads are going to be down. They're very tired from a third game in a row. We're just going to have to try and get them back up on the horse again."

Kevin Martin and the Faithful County are facing relegation to the Joe McDonagh Cup if they fail to beat Dublin next weekend.

"I feel sorry for Offaly. I've been watching them all year and I think they've made great progress, but as I said to Kevin (Martin) it was their third big weekend in a row, how do you keep getting up, week after week."

Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald had sympathy for Offaly's plight.

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