Friday 28 July 2017

Tipperary make two changes for visit of Dublin as Noel McGrath misses out

23 April 2017; Noel McGrath of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final match between Galway and Tipperary at Gaelic Grounds, in Limerick. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
23 April 2017; Noel McGrath of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final match between Galway and Tipperary at Gaelic Grounds, in Limerick. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Michael Ryan has made two changes to his Tipperary team for this Saturday's Round Two qualifier clash with Dublin at Semple Stadium.

The decision to play the fixture in Thurles, when rules state a neutral venue should be chosen, has caused controversy but Tipp will hope to put that behind them when they welcome Ger Cunningham's side to their home patch.

Ryan has opted to start Jason Forde and John McGrath in his forward line, with Noel McGrath and the injured Niall O'Meara missing out.

Last weekend marked Tipperary's return to action after their surprise Munster semi-final loss to Cork, but the Premier County were unimpressive in their nine-point win against Westmeath.

Their clash with Dublin throws in at 5pm on Saturday.

Tipperary

1. Daragh Mooney (Eire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)

2. Donagh Maher (Burgess)

3. Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy)

4. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)

5. Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, captain)

8. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)

9. Michael Breen (Ballina)

10. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)

12. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

13. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

14. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

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