Sunday’s Munster Senior Football Championship quarter-final between Tipperary and Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney has a 2pm throw-in and the match will be shown live on RTE.
The curtain-raiser is the Munster Junior Football Championship quarter-final between the same counties, and which starts at 12 noon. Here the referee is Maurice Condon of Waterford and if necessary extra time will be played.
Tipperary have lost their first game in the Munster Senior Football Championship for the last 9 seasons. Their last Munster Senior Football Championship victory came in the first round in 2003 when, helped by 11 points from Declan Browne, the Premier County defeated Waterford at Walsh Park by 0-18 to 1-12. Cork man Denis Walsh was the Waterford manager on the day.
The last of Tipp’s nine Munster Senior Football titles was won in 1935.
Since 2000 Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (all against Cork) as compared to 5 defeats in 35 matches played.
The last championships meeting of the sides was on May 27th last year at Semple Stadium Thurles when Kerry won by 0-16 to 0-10, as Bryan Sheehan (6) and Colm Cooper (4) combined for 10 points. Following that defeat Tipp defeated Offaly, Wexford and Antrim in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Down by 1-13 to 0-11.
Tipperary were the top scorers in this year’s National Football League Division Four, with 106 points on aggregate (15-plus per game) but they conceded 90 points.
Kerry, meanwhile, had the worst scoring record in the Allianz Football League Division 1, racking up an aggregate of 72 points, an average of just over 10 per game. This compares to an aggregate of 97 points for Cork and 129 points for Division 1 champions Dublin.
Sunday’s senior match will be refereed by Cork’s Conor Lane. The winners play Waterford in the Munster semi-final on Saturday, June 1 at 7pm, while the losers will compete in the All-Ireland qualifiers.
A Tipp win on Sunday would give them home advantage for the Munster semi-final, while a Waterford/Kerry semi-final would be played in Killarney.
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