Monday 26 September 2016

Deise striving to regain early-season form

Published 28/05/2015 | 02:30

Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey is urging his team to find the form that captured the McGrath Cup
Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey is urging his team to find the form that captured the McGrath Cup

Waterford football manager Tom McGlinchey is calling on his squad to revisit the peaks of last January when they lit up the pre-season provincial campaigns by taking the McGrath Cup.

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They beat Cork in the semi-final and UCC in the final, raising hopes of winning promotion from Division 4. However, after beating Wicklow in the first round, they picked up just one more point and finished in sixth place.

It left them 11 places behind Tipperary, who finished third in Division 3, and explains why they are 15/2 outsiders for Sunday's Munster quarter-final clash in Thurles.

"It was a disappointing league for us, no question, but we very unlucky in some games. We lost three of them by two points, which showed how close we were," said McGlinchey.

Tipperary won four of seven games in Division 3, which suggests that they will be too good for Waterford, who are seeking their first win in the Munster championship since 2010.

However, McGlinchey, who was Tipperary manager when they last played Waterford in 2003, insists that his squad are well-primed.

The prize for the winners is a semi-final clash with Kerry, so it's likely that both Tipperary and Waterford will be relying on the All-Ireland qualifiers to prolong their season.

McGlinchey believes it's time for a review of the qualifying system, which is now in its 15th season.

"I'm not sure it's achieving as much as it should in its present format," he said.

MARTIN BREHENY

Irish Independent

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