Kelly feels Louth will bounce back for Wick­low

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cor­ner back turn­ing it over in a high po­si­tion and you can’t do that against a team like Tip­per­ary, you’ll be pun­ished and that’s what hap­pened.

‘When they had their spell they went to town, but that’s what hap­pens when you come up against guys like Michael Quin­li­van, Conor Sweeney and Kevin O’Hal­lo­ran, they’re top­class play­ers and they pun­ished us when they got their op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘We played some at­trac­tive foot­ball at times and kicked 19 scores, but we were just found out a cou­ple of times. The last goal I wouldn’t worry about be­cause we were push­ing hard at the other end. To be beaten nine points wasn’t jus­ti­fied, but with­out a shadow of a doubt Tip­per­ary were bet­ter than Louth to­day.

‘We came out af­ter half-time and kicked three points, but an­other turnover let them back in and they re­sponded with three or four unan­swered. That prob­a­bly pushed the boat out again. We got it back to three again I think, but they broke us down pretty eas­ily.

‘We chased and pushed but ul­ti­mately we couldn’t break them down. They prob­a­bly brought last year’s cham­pi­onship form into the league and they were favourites and rightly so. To­day they proved they are the best team in the di­vi­sion.’

Kelly re­jected the no­tion that Louth’s win in Thurles spurred Tipp to vic­tory, and that in a wide open game, he just felt Tip­per­ary were more clin­i­cal.

‘I don’t think the de­feat mo­ti­vated it them. I’ve loads of mo­ti­va­tion but I can’t do any­thing about it. On the day they were bet­ter and I don’t think guys like Michael Quin­li­van or Michael Sweeney need mo­ti­va­tion, they are top qual­ity op­er­a­tors and Liam Kearns is a good op­er­a­tor and they know what they’re do­ing. If you’re look­ing for mo­ti­va­tion to win games it’s not go­ing to hap­pen, but what they did bring to­day is qual­ity.

‘It was an open game and peo­ple will prob­a­bly an­a­lyse goal­keep­ers pop­ping the ball to cor­ner backs, but when you have play­ers like Louth and Tipp have, that can break up the field at pace, it prob­a­bly served both of us well. Was it 41 or 42 scores? Which is huge, but un­for­tu­nately we didn’t score enough and Tip­per­ary ex­ploited us at the back.’

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