Tipperary -v- Dublin Match Previews


Friday, 27 March 2009 10:32
Tipperary will be looking to erase the memory of the annihilation they suffered at the hands of Kilkenny last weekend.

Manager Liam Sheedy has insisted that he was not too perturbed by the 5-17 to 0-12 reverse at Nowlan Park, but there’s no doubt he’ll be looking for a positive response from his side.

Unsurprisingly, Sheedy has opted to make changes, with five of the team that started on Noreside being replaced. However, there is still no sign of potent attackers Eoin Kelly and Lar Corbett still working their way back from back and hamstring problems respectively.

The Premier County are also without Willie Ryan, Darragh Egan and Pat Kerwick, with that trio all sidelined though broken thumbs.

Dublin will travel to Thurles on a high after adding Waterford to their ever-increasing list of scalps. The fact that his side emerged from the tight clash with the beaten All-Ireland finalists with a narrow one-point win offers more proof that Anthony Day’s men are moving up the ladder.

The Metropolitans have always been weak relations to the box office draw of the capital’s footballers, but the decision of dual star Ross O’Carroll to concentrate solely on the small ball is an indication of how far the Dubs have come.

Tipp will be on a bit of a downer after last week’s fiasco, and with the home side’s extensive injury list, this could the perfect time for the Dubs to beat another of the country’s top outfits.

Verdict: Dublin

Same again for Dubs’ trip to Tipp


By Frank Roche

Friday March 27 2009

IF it ain’t broke, why fix it? That appears to be the mantra of Anthony Daly as he tries to steer his Dublin hurlers within sight of a shock Allianz League final place this weekend.

The Clare legend and his fellow Dublin selectors have named the same 15 that started against Waterford for Sunday’s critical Division One encounter with league holders Tipperary at Semple Stadium (3.45).

There had been injury concerns surrounding corner-back Niall Corcoran and midfielder Joey Boland, but both have been retained. Boland is said to be fully over his knock whereas there is still a slight worry over Corcoran.

Dublin are one of three teams on the six-point mark, just behind Kilkenny on scoring difference but ahead of Tipp opponents who are are liable to be still smarting over their five-goal rout against Kilkenny last weekend.

Manager Liam Sheedy has responded to that crushing setback by making five changes to his starting line-up. Eamonn Buckley, Thomas Stapleton, Shane Maher, Seamus Hennessy and Micheál Webster replace Declan Fanning, Benny Dunne, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Tony Scroope and Paul Kelly.

Buckley comes in at corner-back, Maher is recalled at left half-back with Stapleton included at midfield, Hennessy at wing-forward and Webster at full-forward.

Dublin selector Richie Stakelum has already insisted that Sunday’s ‘trip to Tipp’ won’t spark any divided loyalties for the man who, in 1987, skippered his native Premier county to their first Munster SHC title in 16 years.

"Under normal circumstances, I would be hoping Tipperary would win every match they play. But things have changed since I was asked on to the Dublin management team, now my entire loyalties will be with Dublin," he declared this week.

DUBLIN (SH v Tipperary): G Maguire; R Trainor, T Brady, N Corcoran; S Hiney, R Fallon, P Kelly; J Boland, J McCaffrey; A McCrabbe, L Ryan, S Durkin; S Lambert, D OCallaghan, L Rushe.

TIPPERARY (SH v Dublin): B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Curran, E Buckley; B Maher, C O’Mahony, S Maher; T Stapleton, S McGrath; S Hennessy, S Callanan, J Woodlock; N McGrath, M Webster, J O’Brien.

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