Ryan sets sights on big prize

March 21, 2016

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan.
©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan.

Michael Ryan has challenged his Tipperary players to deliver an Allianz League title after a 12-point victory over Cork secured their place in the knockout stages.

The Premier will face neighbours Clare in the quarter-finals on the weekend after next and their manager is eager to see them push on.

"We didn't want to have it down to the last game of the season to capture fourth place, but it really kept the focus for the five games of the league," he is quoted in the Irish Daily Star.

"I think it served a purpose for us. Now we're moving into the next phase and it's knockout - three matches to get to a final if we can do it. But look, it's a great prize, a national prize and certainly we'll be doing all we can to try and take it one step at a time."

Ryan is expecting the intesity levels to rise when Tipp face the Banner.

"I was disappointed with that game - I thought it lacked a lot of intensity and I'm talking about our intensity.

"I thought we were a lot lower than the required standard for a lot of that game. It wasn't for the lack of effort - I think it was one of those things that didn't catch life for us."

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