Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Bonner' returns for Tipp as Treaty name four debutants

Patrick Maher Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Patrick Maher Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has made just one change for tomorrow's Munster SHC semi-final against Limerick, with All-Star attacker Patrick 'Bonner' Maher returning to the starting 15.

Maher comes in for Sean Curran, who he also replaced during their facile quarter-final win over Cork, and his physicality and aerial ability will be seen as a key weapon against an inexperienced Treaty side.

TJ Ryan has handed debuts to four of last year's All-Ireland U-21 winners, with former All-Star Richie McCarthy the most notable casualty in a new-look defence as Dan Morrissey is given the responsibility of the No 3 shirt.

Richie English and Diarmaid Byrnes come in at the back, while half-forwards Gearoid Hegarty and Barry Nash complete the rookie quartet.

Shane Dowling is the only member of Na Piarsaigh's All-Ireland-winning side as Kevin Downes and Ronan Lynch must settle for places on the bench.

Elsewhere, Offaly's hurlers welcome back captain Colin Egan for their Leinster semi-final with Galway. The Belmont clubman returns from a broken rib, while Niall Wynne also comes in at corner-back.

Meanwhile, the Qualifier draws for Round 1 of hurling and Round 2A of football will take place on Monday morning at 8.30 with all games scheduled for July 2/3.

TIPPERARY (SH v Limerick) - D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, M Cahill; S Kennedy, R Maher, Padraic Maher; B Maher, M Breen; D McCormack, Patrick Maher, N McGrath; J O'Dwyer, S Callanan, J McGrath.

LIMERICK (SH v Tipperary) - N Quaid; T Condon, D Morrissey, R English; D Byrnes, G O'Mahony, S Hickey; J Ryan, P Browne; G Hegarty, S Dowling, B Nash; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, C Lynch.

OFFALY (SH v Galway) - J Dempsey; N Wynne, C McDonald, P Rigney; D Mooney, S Gardiner, D King; C Egan, S Ryan; P Murphy, J Mulrooney, S Kinsella; S Dooley, J Bergin, K Connolly.

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