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Tipperary Captain Played All-Ireland Semi-Final With A Broken Hand

Tipperary Captain Played All-Ireland Semi-Final With A Broken Hand
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Sunday marked Tipperary's first appearance in an All-Ireland semi-final since 1935.

Like that day 81 years ago, Tipperary fell at the second last hurdle. Two goals in either half from Mayo were the difference as they won by five points.

Despite the loss, it has still been a landmark year for the Tipperary footballers - one of which they can be immensely proud. It is also a year which they will hope to emulate in seasons to come.


If they are to do that, it will be without one of their best players this year - captain Peter Acheson.

The midfielder told Newstalk that he is heading abroad.

I was supposed to be gone two years ago but I was convinced twice to stay back.

I’m glad I did now in fairness. Myself and girlfriend are going to Dubai. I’m only 26, if I’m gone for a year or two, I might take the boots back out at some stage maybe.

I love football and I love playing for Tipp, but I’ve been playing now for seven years. Look if I don’t go now, I can't go travelling at 33 years of age.

If I don't go now I'll never go. It’s just a pity that this is when Tipp are driving on, it’s a pity we didn’t do it seven years ago.

I’m happy out that I was a part of it and I’ve no doubt that the lads inside in the dressing-room will drive it on even more.

Acheson admits himself that Sunday was one of his less effective games this season. There are mitigating circumstances though.

During the week, he broke his hand. He played yesterday with a pain-killing injection.

I wasn’t too happy about today to be honest. I actually broke my hand during the week, playing with a heavy enough injection.

I wasn’t too happy with my performance today but the lads were brilliant and it was just a pity we couldn’t do it.

I think this team is very young, we’ve a lot of winners in this team from underage and I definitely think we can compete.

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Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile




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