Toomevara’s David Young will captain the Tipperary intermediate hurling team to face Cork in Friday night’s Munster final (throw-in 7.30pm) at Thurles’ Semple Stadium.
David needs no introduction to supporters of Tipperary hurling having enjoyed a number of years on the senior panel. Indeed, David is joined on the Tipperary intermediate team by a whole host of experienced operators.
The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Munster final on Friday, July 19th shows two changes from the team which defeated Limerick at the semi-final stage with Danny O’Hanlon and Thomas Butler coming into the team in place of Pat Molloy and Denis Maher.
Kildangan’s Darragh Egan starts in goal. Egan is an expert shot-stopper and no slouch when it comes to distribution. The full-back line comprises Seán O’Brien (Newport), Micheál Butler (Drom & Inch) and Tom Treacy of Cappawhite. Clonakenny’s Willie Ryan, who was excellent against Limerick in the semi-final, starts at right wing-back, David Young (Toomevara) will man the pivotal role at centre-back while Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore) starts at seven.
Joey McLoughney (Toomevara) and Seán McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) form a robust partnership in the middle of the field. Indeed, McLoughney was superb against Limerick, the outstanding performer.
Silvermines’ Orrie Quirke starts at ten and even though most would recognise Quirke as a midfielder the ‘Mines man was terrific against Limerick while centre-forward Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty-Rossmore) did untold damage. Danny O’Hanlon (Carrick Swans) missed out on the Limerick game through injury, but now takes his place at left wing-foward while Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan), Thomas Butler (Clonoulty-Rossmore) and Paudie Greene (Upperchurch-Drombane) comprise the full-forward line. Greene and Gleeson are in terrific form of late and will take some watching on Friday night while Thomas Butler represents another welcome addition.
Meanwhile former senior goalkeeper Martin Coleman will captain the Cork intermediate team on Friday night. The Cork team which beat Clare at the semi-final stage: Martin Coleman (Ballinhassig), John O’Callaghan (Inniscarra), Eoin Dillon (Milford), Ed Finn (Ballinhassig), Tadhg Healy (Buttevant), Ross Cashman (Kilbrittain), Michael Walsh (Kildorrery), John Cronin (Lisgoold), Shane McCarthy (Ballinhassig), Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr), Peter O’Brien (Kildorrery), Stephen Dineen (Ballinhassig), Colm Casey (Inniscarra), Kevin Canty (Valley Rovers), Mark Kennefick (Ballygarvan).