Thursday 20 July 2017

Tipp plan without star trio

TIPPERARY football manager John Evans will have to plan without three of his top stars for the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers, WRITES JACKIE CAHILL.

Evans has confirmed that forwards Conor Sweeney and Peter Acheson -- members of the 2010 Munster U-21 championship-winning team -- are spending the summer months in the USA, along with goalkeeper Matthew O'Donnell.

Sweeney scored two points against Kerry in the recent Munster SFC defeat in Killarney and was replaced by Acheson late in the game.

O'Donnell started in goals for the Premier County and despite conceding two goals, the Killenaule shotstopper made a number of good saves.

Tipperary returned to training last Tuesday evening and Evans confirmed: "Peter, Conor and Matthew have gone to America. They're three young lads, students, and couldn't find work. They got offers abroad and took them, so they're working for the summer."

Evans added: "Obviously, anybody is a loss to Tipperary football, but we have Paul Fitzgerald as cover for Matthew and that's tremendous cover to have."

Evans, meanwhile, has warned that his native Kerry need to be smart with their tactics for the Munster SFC final against Cork on July 3.

Evans believes that the Kingdom could be wiped out at midfield if they decide to take on Cork in a direct aerial duel from kick-outs.

Evans explained: "Kerry have a lethal set of forwards, there's no doubt about that.

"Their backs are still a work in progress, but at midfield, we certainly did very well against them.

"And they're up against it against Cork at midfield. It's such a vital area, but I suspect that Kerry will have contingency plans in place. They can't kick the ball out to the Cork midfield, because I don't think they'll win it."

Irish Independent

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