There is a bumper weekend of action in store for fans of Tipperary GAA - on Saturday night Peter Creedon’s footballers travel to Tullamore take on Galway with a place in the last eight up for grabs while on Sunday Eamon O’Shea’s hurlers host Dublin in an All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles.
The heroic Tipperary footballers will take on Galway in an All-Ireland Football Round 4 Qualifier in Tullamore on Saturday, July 26th at 7pm with a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals up for grabs.
The clash between Tipperary and Galway will feature as the second part of a double-header; the match between Sligo and Cork in Tullamore will throw-in at 5pm.
Additionally, the Tipperary versus Galway football qualifier will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Galway lost the recent Connacht senior footbal final to rivals Mayo (0-16 to 3-14) and although Galway have been installed as 10/11 favourites to beat Tipperary they will have it all to do to get the better of a determined Premier outfit. Indeed, the quality of Tipperary’s display during the recent 3-17 to 4-9 win over Laois at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise was particularly impressive.
Interestingly Galway and Tipperary clashed in the 2013 qualifiers when the Tribesmen beat a depleted Tipp team 1-12 to 0-11. A goal from debutant Michael Farragher helped Galway get out of jail at Pearse Stadium, Salthill.
Meanwhile the hurlers are 4/11 favourites to beat Dublin at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday, July 27th in an All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-final. The Tipperary-Dublin clash will throw-in at 4pm and will be preceded by Limerick’s tussle with Wexford. The Limerick v Wexford game is fixed to start at 2pm. - RTÉ will screen both All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals.
Irrespective of the bookies’ odds Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea was keen to keep the form of his side in perspective following the 5-25 to 1-20 win over Offaly in Portlaoise.
Speaking to the press corps after the game manager Eamon O’Shea was eager to highlight that his side still has plenty of work to do before being considered All-Ireland contenders.
“We have never lost focus in terms of what we have to do here. We know where we stand in the pecking order. That’s the point that I want to make. We are not delusional. We know where we are,” Eamon O’Shea explained.
“We are in the top six now, but there are teams in there that are better than us so far in terms of the championship. We have a level to come up. We know that we have to get to that level.
“Really it’s a case of us knowing where we are and trying to achieve the next level. That’s how I see things. I see things very simply. Happy to be there, but I think we have a bit of work to do.”
Although Tipperary are hot favourites to win this encounter Dublin are due significant respect.
Anthony Daly’s Dublin suffered a systems break down (failed to score in the final 22 minutes) during the recent Leinster final against Kilkenny (0-24 to 1-9), but the Dubs have featured in four of the last five Leinster finals and were crowned 2013 provincial champions following a semi-final win over the Cats and a 2-25 to 2-13 win over Galway in the final.
During the last championship meeting between the sides in 2011 Dublin pushed Tipperary to the limit (0-18 to 1-19) and also won the National Hurling League three years ago beating Kilkenny 0-22 to 1-7 in the decider.
Tipperary have won the last two league meetings between the sides (2014 1-19 to 0-19 & 2013 4-20 to 0-17), but Anthony Daly’s men played quite well during their most recent visit to Semple Stadium, Thurles.
Indeed, any side which features men like Danny Sutcliffe, Paul Schutte, Liam Rushe and Conal Keaney is due the utmost respect.
Dublin will also feature former Cashel King Cormacs star Ryan O’Dwyer at centre-forward while Toomevara’s Tommy Dunne and Borris-Ileigh’s Richard Stakelum are prominent members of the Dublin management team.
That management team, of course, is led by Clare’s Anthony Daly, a man who would like nothing better than to get one over on Tipperary in Thurles.
This weekend represents a huge challenge for both the senior hurlers and footballers.
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