Sunday 19 August 2018

Former Tipp boss Liam Sheedy fears Cork could put Michael Ryan's side in a 'seriously bad place' next weekend

The Tipperary and Limerick teams on parade prior to the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Limerick and Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
The Tipperary and Limerick teams on parade prior to the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Limerick and Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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Tipperary's 2010 All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy believes the Premier County could be in trouble if John Meyler's Cork turn them over in Thurles next week.

Tipp's Munster campaign got off to a nightmare start yesterday when they only managed five points from play in a 1-23 to 2-14 defeat to Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.

Tipp boss Michael Ryan's gamble of keeping the likes of Seamus Callanan, 'Bonner' Maher, Brendan Maher and Michael Breen in reserve while starting with five championship debutants backfired and they were never able to gain any significant momentum.

Ryan is expected to start his big guns when Cork visit Semple Stadium next week buoyed by a good win over Clare.

Sheedy believes the Tipp management took a risk and it failed.

"It was a big ask, to ask five guys to go in and make their debuts in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick," Sheedy said on The Sunday Game.

"It's a tough place to go.

"Limerick were always going to outnumber Tipp in there. I thought five (debutants) was maybe a step too far when you had the likes of Brendan Maher, Bonner Maher, Seamus Callanan and so much artillery on the sidelines.

"I just thought it was a bridge too far for some of those young guys going in.

"None of us are inside watching training or what's going on. You can only assume that these guys that got the jersey today were putting their hand up in training.

"But when you look at it in the cold light of day... did it drain some confidence out of the team on that back of what was announced? Look, if you win everything is rosy in the garden because he's all these guys coming back and you do have four matches in a week.

"Ultimately it backfired for Tipperary."

If John Meyler's Rebels upset them next week Tipperary could be in real danger of exiting the Championship after the round robin stage in Munster.

"Next weekend is huge for Tipperary," Sheedy added.

"Cork are coming to Thurles and John Meyler and his troops know that they turned them over there last year If they turned them over this time around it's going to leave Tipp in a seriously bad place."

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