U-21s to feature on Tipp Junior Football team

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

Players from the Tipperary U-21 team are expected to form the backbone of the county junior team that takes on holders Kerry in the Munster Junior Football Quarter-Final at Killarney on Sunday, in the curtain-raiser to the Senior Quarter-Final between the counties.

Goalkeeper Jack English (Ballyporeen), Gavin Ryan (Rockwell Rovers), Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers) and Eddie Kendrick (Cahir) are all in contention for a place on the starting fifteen.

The Juniors beat Kildare by 0-17 to 2-8 in a challenge last week and finalised their preparations last weekend.

The team is managed by Tommy Toomey of Arravale Rovers and his selectors are Eddie Lonergan (Cahir) and Michael O’Loughlin (Clonmel), who also acts as team trainer.

Tipp won the last of their seven Munster Junior Championships in 1998, the year they went on to win their third All-Ireland in the grade.

Kerry, meanwhile, can call on Mike “Stam” O’Donoghue, the current Munster Junior Footballer of the Year, who was captain of the team beaten by Sligo in last year’s Junior All-Ireland Final, having won the provincial title.

The side is managed by Kerry O’Sullivan and the lineout is also expected to include Gary O’Driscoll, who was on the Skellig Rangers team that won the All-Ireland Junior Club title a few years ago.

Like the Seniors, the winners of Sunday’s tie will face Limerick in the provincial semi-final.