Wednesday 18 September 2019

Final shoot-out should worry Cats - Power

Richie Power. Photo: Sportsfile
Richie Power. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

There will only be one winner of Sunday's All-Ireland SHC final between Kilkenny and Tipperary if it turns into a shoot-out, and it won't be Brian Cody's men, according to former top Cat Richie Power.

Power, an eight-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny before being forced into retirement at the start of the 2016 season due to injury, has no problem admitting that he didn't expect Cody to work the oracle once again.

The Kilkenny boss stands on the brink of his 12th All-Ireland crown but Power fears what might happen should Tipp be afforded the space they enjoyed when romping to success in their 2016 final clash.

"If Kilkenny bring the intensity that they did against Limerick and can keep the foot on the pedal, Tipp will find it extremely hard to deal with it. My fear is I wouldn't like to see it turn into a shoot-out," the 33-year-old said.

"If it's a high-scoring and open game with a lot of goals, I'd be very worried for Kilkenny because of what Tipp did to us in 2016 and that's what they will try again.

"They'll try to isolate our full-back line and If they get on top in the half-back line and start spraying ball to their full-forward line, Kilkenny could be in serious bother.

"I'd be hoping that Kilkenny will be nice and compact and really turn the screw on them early on. If we do, we might do enough damage at the other end to get over the line."

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