Can this Tipperary football team earn promotion to division one in Cavan on Sunday?

Brian McDonnell


Brian McDonnell


Can this Tipperary football team earn promotion to division one in Cavan on Sunday?

Tipperary senior football manager Liam Kearns.

Liam Kearns' footballers will face Cavan with promotion on the line at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan on Sunday, March 25th (3pm) in division two of the Allianz National Football League - the Tipperary men could earn their place in division one for the first time since 1971-72.

The Tipperary team named to face Cavan reads as follows:

Ciarán Kenrick (Moyle Rovers)
Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)
Paddy Codd (Killenaule)
John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney)
Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers, Cork, 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)

Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)
Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers)
Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)
Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
Kevin O'Halloran (Portroe)
Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
Liam Treacy (Loughmore-Castleiney)
Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan)
Stephen Murray (Burgess)

On Sunday last at Hyde Park Roscommon beat Cavan 0-15 to 0-13 meaning that Tipperary are now third in the division two table two points behind Roscommon and Cavan, but with a game in hand (v Down). If Tipperary win against Cavan on Sunday it is likely that the Premier County will be playing division one football in 2019.

The only potential complication here is that if Roscommon lose to Cork on Sunday next you could, potentially, find three teams on nine points at the summit of the division meaning that the promotion places could come down to scoring difference.

Should the Tipperary footballers, however, lose to Cavan it is likely that Liam Kearns' men would miss out on promotion entirely even if they subsequently beat Down since Roscommon would see off the Premier County on the head-to-head record.

Cavan will be hard to beat, but, given the quality of this Premier County team, you would be foolish to write off Tipp's chances of battling their way into division one. Indeed, in round two of the 2017 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifiers Tipperary beat Cavan (2-15 to 0-18) at Breffni Park last summer. And, it is simply extraordinary to note that the Premier County was operating in division four as recently as 2014.

As matters stand no date has been set for the postponed Down-Tipperary league meeting and in a startling development that contest may not take place if the result has no impact on the division two promotion and relegation battle. If the game is required to go ahead it will take place on the week-ending Sunday, April 1st.

The division two Allianz National Football League final was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 1st and may still take place on that date depending on this weekend's results (the week-ending Sunday, April 8th is an alternative).


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