CORK manager Ronan McCarthy took a wider view of his side’s first league win of 2019 at the fifth time of asking.
The Rebels, thanks largely to a Ruairí Deane goal after a clever assist from sub Sean Powter, beat Tipp on Saturday night in Thurles.
“The big thing is that we control our own fate in this league and that’s very important. We’re not depending on anyone else,” he said.
With two games remaining, Cork can still pull off a great escape though Donegal and Armagh pose obvious threats.
McCarthy must have had his heart in his mouth in the closing seconds when Tipp tried manfully for an equalising goal.
“They fought to the end and I don’t know how close they were to scoring a goal. I couldn’t see what was going on from where I was, but we’ll take it,” the relieved manager commented.
It was all about winning, regardless of how it was achieved. “We’re delighted with the win obviously because there was an awful lot riding on the result.
“I thought we played some really good football in the second half to pull away until we saw the finishing post, fell back and created problems for ourselves.
“Yet, that’s maybe to be expected with the nature of the game. You can excuse that bit of hesitancy at the end when we were hanging on a bit.
“I think there’s a lot more in them even though there were some very positive aspects of the performance and hopefully we will see it in a couple of weeks.”
McCarthy was happy with the way his side mixed it up against defence-minded Tipp.
“We try to play a fast-moving attacking game, but that’s dependent on the opposition.
“Tipp played a lot of players behind the ball in the first half and that was fair enough because they were against the wind.
“I thought we got the balance right of trying to move the ball quickly but also being patient when they had players behind the ball.
“We should have been more than three points in front at half-time, but we then had a very good period early in the second half, but I would have preferred to finish out the game stronger and with more certainty.