Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town is the venue for the Tipp v Clare National Football League Division 3 tie on Sunday next (at 2 pm).
Following Sunday's exciting draw against Limerick in Kilmallock, Tipperary will realise that nothing short of a win on Sunday next will be necessary if they are to mount a serious promotion challenge come April.
While Tipp have had the better of Clare in the league in the past couple of years, including a 2-11 to 1-8 win in Thurles last March, they lost to the Banner by just a single point in their recent McGrath Cup tie played in Miltown Malbay.
A year is a long time in football it seems and Tipp are going through a change of guard at the moment with new manager Liam Kearns and a vastly changed team due to Clonmel Commercials involvement in the All-Ireland Club semi-final and a list of absentees and injuries. Indeed of last year's starting 15 against Clare only five look likely to start on Sunday next.
Speaking to the press after last Sunday's game, Tipp manager Liam Kearns was satisfied with his team's outing even if accepting that it was the missed opportunities of scoring that probably denied them the win.
“They showed loads of heart, they never gave up and they were always striving for each other,” he said.
“The players were totally committed to what we were doing. It's a good workout, it's the first game of the league and we have gone away from home and we have got a point. So, you would have to take that,” he added.
The manager also went on to say: “We are down 13 of last year's panel. Limerick were at full strength and we have been on the back foot because of all the players that we have been missing. I have been talking about the players that we have been missing, but I would like to be talking about the players that we had out there today who were putting in the hard graft for Tipperary football. I know Limerick were well prepared - I know Limerick were very fit coming into this. I was really happy with our performance.”
When asked about Clare he responded: “Clare had a big win by seven points. So, Clare are in good form and going well. We have got to go out and produce again next Sunday. We are playing Clare and they are big and they are strong.”
Liam Kearns will be hoping for a much improved performance, especially in the scoring department, and it will need to be that if Tipp are to record their first win of this year's campaign.
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