Liam Kearns has named the Tipperary football team to face Down

Brian McDonnell

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Liam Kearns has named the Tipperary football team to face Down

Tipperary senior football captain Robbie Kiely.

On Saturday, March 31st the Tipperary footballers will complete their Allianz National Football League division two campaign away to Down at Páirc Esler in Newry (3pm) - the contest must take place since Down are fighting to avoid relegation.

The Tipperary senior football team reads as follows:

Ciarán Kenrick (Moyle Rovers)
Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan)
Paddy Codd (Killenaule)
Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)
Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers, Cork, captain)
Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)
Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
Steven O'Brien (Ballina)
Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials)
Kevin O'Halloran (Portroe)
Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)
Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)
Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers)

Subs:
Michael O'Reilly (Clonmel Commercials)
Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)
Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers)
Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle)
Seán Carey (Moyle Rovers)
Liam Treacy (Loughmore-Castleiney)
Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
Liam Ryan (Clonmel Commercials)
Stephen Murray (Burgess)
Dave McGrath (Moyle Rovers)

Liam Kearns' footballers narrowly missed out on promotion to division one of the Allianz National Football League when suffering a defeat at the hands of Cavan (2-10 to 0-17) on Sunday last.

Despite this defeat the progress of Tipperary deserves to be celebrated. It is simply extraordinary to note that the Premier County was operating in division four as recently as 2014.

In 2009 Tipperary were promoted from division three before being relegated from division two the following season. In 2011 the Premier County (sixth) narrowly avoided relegation to division four and dropped into the bottom division in 2012.

The recovery started with a third place division four finish in 2013 before Tipperary finished top in 2014 and duly earned promotion. In 2015 the blue and gold finished third in division three and then sixth in 2016. Tipperary were promoted to division two in 2017.

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