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Tipperary legend Shane McGrath details why defeat to Cork was extra disheartening

Tipperary’s Liam MacCarthy Cup hopes are dead and buried for another season with one game to spare in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship and things couldn’t have gone much worse.

The 2019 All-Ireland champions have endured a humbling campaign, first at the end of a comprehensive defeat to Limerick before drawing with Waterford.

They still held out hope heading into what was effectively a must-win fixture with Cork, who revived their own season by beating Limerick a week earlier, but were beaten 4-30 to 0-21 by The Rebels.

Tipp put up a fight in the first half but were then dismantled by Cork in the comfort of their home in Thurles, with former Cork goalkeeper Dónal Óg Cusack making no bones about his assessment. Sunday’s game.

Former manager Liam Sheedy, who guided them to multiple Liam MacCarthy Cups, shared his view that the Premier County are at the end of an era.

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Tipp still have to face Clare in the final round-robin phase, but there is certainly a cloud hanging over the senior team at the moment and former All-Star winner Shane McGrath has weighed in on their plight.

Shane McGrath details why Cork’s loss was particularly disheartening

McGrath, who won an All-Ireland medal with Sheedy in 2010, pointed to the lack of fight he saw from his county players in what was their biggest defeat to Cork since 1898.

speaking in The RTE GAA PodcastMcGrath said the defeat hurt more than usual because of how little Tipp offered in the second half.

It was the manner of defeat,” McGrath said.

“I’ve played matches where you open a pitch for a GAA club with two inter-county teams, and the last 10 or 15 minutes of some of those matches were probably more intense than what we saw in Thurles.”

He shared Sheedy’s view that Tipp simply no longer have the players to compete at the previous heights, and several key men have retired in recent seasons.

“I don’t want to be too critical. Who could play for Tipp that doesn’t play for Tipp?

“There aren’t many, everyone who should be playing is probably there. Maybe one or two people would say there are guys from our club or guys from this club, but everyone who should be there is there. It’s not like there are seven or eight guys who should be there and who aren’t.

“I just don’t know. I mean, you can’t keep saying it’s management all the time.

“I just don’t know because I’m not involved and I really, hand on heart, wouldn’t ask the guys who are involved.

“But I guess they always told us that when you step beyond the white line, it’s really up to you, regardless of what’s going on.

“It’s really up to you. What you want to do and how much you want to play. And I don’t know if we’re seeing that right now.”

Elsewhere, there is some cause for optimism as the county’s minor team won its second Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship in three seasons against Clare.

A 2-17 to 0-16 win has injected some much-needed positivity into the county hurling scene after a hugely disappointing few weeks.

SEE ALSO: Brilliant moment as triumphant Tipp Minors storm post-match interview with coach

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