The name ‘Anthony Nash’ was said to him a few times on Sunday, but Kilkenny’s penalty-taker T.J. Reid is his own man.
The Shamrocks man rattled the Tipp net twice from penalties, both of which drew comparisons to the Cork goalkeeper’s routine, but there was no copying involved.
“A few people have said that to me, but it’s my own style,” Reid smiled. “That’s the way I take penalties. I’m not copying anyone, but when they go in it’s a great feeling.”
Reid might have ended his day with an impressive 2-11, but he was quick to praise the performance of the panel.
“It was nip and tuck there, right up to the last few seconds,” he said. “Everybody, from one to 15 and the subs who came on, performed well.
“The game could have gone either way, especially in the last five minutes, but we kept going,” he added.
“There’s great belief and fitness in the panel - we didn’t mind going to extra-time. We kept going and came out on the good side.”
The Cats had the extra yard, as Reid proved with that last score. Sizing up that last sideline cut, watching as Richie Hogan moved in, Reid was confident that Kilkenny could snatch a dramatic result.
“I was thinking about going for it from the sideline ball,” he admitted. “It was 40 metres out and it went through my head that I could score from that distance, but I had a second look and saw Richie was making a move so I said I’d play the quick pass.
“When the ball came back - he usually doesn’t give it back to me! - I had the shot,” he added. “Luckily enough it went over the bar.”
That point continued the confidence Reid showed all day from his free-taking.
“When you’re taking frees the responsibility is on you,” he said. “Henry is usually the free-taker but it’s on my shoulders for the time being. Today they went well for me.”