Tuesday 12 December 2017

Henry Shefflin: Galway were magnificent against Cork, but Tipp should edge semi-final

Galway's Jonathan Glynn in action against James Barry in the 2014 championship
Galway's Jonathan Glynn in action against James Barry in the 2014 championship
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Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin believes Tipperary have learned lessons from their National League semi-final defeat and expects the Premier to join Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final.

Eamon O'Shea's side take on an in-form Galway side on Sunday fresh from their thumping win over Cork last time out and Shefflin admits to being highly impressed by the tribesmen.

"They won the hard ball, they won the skilful ball," he told Independent.ie.

"They will take great confidence out of that game."

The biggest weapon in their armoury he argues is their potent attack, with Joe Canning no longer carrying the scoring burden.

"Jonathan Glynn is a major find and I really liked Cathal Mannion and Jason Flynn from watching them in the League when the ground wasn't goo and were still performing."

While Shefflin is full of praise for the Tribesmen, he is tentatively backing the Munster champions to get set-up yet another final showdown with Kilkenny.

"I think it is a dangerous game for Tipperary, I think they need to be on their guard. They were caught in the National league semi-final and they took Waterford a little for granted.

"I can't see that happening against Galway.

"I expect a very good game, but I think Tipp have that bit more quality and have the defenders to cope with the Galway forwards."

Read Henry Shefflin's column only in Saturday's Irish Independent.

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