Teams named for Tipperary's crucial hurling and football double header at Semple Stadium

Brian McDonnell


Brian McDonnell


Teams named for Tipperary's crucial hurling and football double header at Semple Stadium

Tipperary senior hurling manager Michael Ryan.

Following the postponement due to the significantly inclement weather the Tipperary hurlers and footballers would appreciate your support at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday when both Michael Ryan's and Liam Kearns' men face into critical Allianz National League fixtures - the footballers host Louth at 12.30pm on March 11th while Cork pay a visit to the 'Field of Dreams' at 2.30pm.

The Tipperary senior hurling team to face Cork reads as follows:-

Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha)
Alan Flynn (Kiladangan)
Seán O'Brien (Newport)
Donagh Maher (Burgess)
Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)
Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, captain)
Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
Seán Curran (Mullinahone)
Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields)
Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
Michael Breen (Ballina)
Jason Forde (Silvermines)
John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

The Tipperary senior football team to face Louth reads as follows:-

Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)
John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney)
Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers, captain)
Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)
Steven O'Brien (Ballina)
Liam Casey (Cahir)
Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle)
Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials)
Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)
Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)
Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)


Tipperary and Cork face one another this weekend in division 1A of the Allianz National Hurling League knowing that the victor will book their place in the quarter-finals while the loser could, potentially, face into a relegation play-off.

The Premier County are smarting from two successive defeats suffered at the hands of Cork having lost last summer's championship encounter to the Rebels (1-26 to 2-27); Tipp also lost to Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn during the league last season (3-16 to 0-26), but Michael Ryan's men will be nourished by the memory of the last league encounter between the sides at Semple Stadium when the blue and gold prevailed to the tune of twelve points (2-27 to 2-15) in March 2016.

Right now Wexford and Clare lead the division on six points with Tipperary and Kilkenny trailing on four; Cork and Waterford prop up the table on two meaning that it is all to play for on Sunday when Kilkenny host Wexford and Clare pay a visit to Waterford. Indeed, a Tipp win on Sunday would be welcome.


Following a terrific win over Meath in the previous round the Tipperary footballers have re-discovered their form and find themselves second in the division two table with five points (two off league leaders Cavan).

Louth are bottom of the table, but Liam Kearns and company cannot afford to take the men from the Wee County for granted. After all when the sides met in the group stage of last year's league Louth paid a visit to Semple Stadium and won (0-16 to 0-12).

Tipp, however, did exact a modicum of revenge in the 2017 division three league final at Croke Park (3-19 to 0-19). Following the contest with Louth the Premier County are away to Cavan and Down in successive weeks.


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