Friday 23 March 2018

Kearns promotes two young starlets

Bill Maher of Tipperary Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Bill Maher of Tipperary Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tipperary football manager Liam Kearns will give two of last year's Munster U-21 winning side, Bill Maher and Josh Keane, their Championship debuts in tomorrow's first round clash with Waterford in Dungarvan.

Maher will be at right half-back and Keane at right half-forward on a team that has been weakened by Colin O'Riordan's departure to AFL, while Séamus Kennedy and Steven O'Brien are concentrating exclusively on hurling.

Injuries have also depleted the squad, which is very disappointing at a time when Tipperary's football stock should be rising rapidly after making so much progress at underage level in recent years. Despite the setbacks, Tipperary are expected to book a semi-final clash with Cork next month.

Tipperary's sixth-placed-finish in Division 3 was somewhat misleading as they were only a point adrift of Clare, who were promoted.

Waterford, managed by former Tipperary boss Tom McGlinchey, are seeking their first Munster Championship win since 2010 after finishing sixth in Division 4.

Kerry await the winners of tomorrow's other first-round game where Clare, who won this year's Division 3 title, take on Limerick, who were relegated to Division 4.

In ladies' football, the four divisional teams of the Lidl NFL will be presented with their awards in Croke Park on June 1. Cork have four representatives on the Division 1 team, while Mayo, Kerry, Galway and Dublin have two each. Tyrone, Monaghan and Armagh have one apiece.

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