Saturday 17 August 2019

Sheedy calls on O'Meara as Shanahan gets nod for Déise

Maurice Shanahan starts for Waterford at wing-forward. Photo: Sportsfile
Maurice Shanahan starts for Waterford at wing-forward. Photo: Sportsfile

Frank Roche

Fresh from their prolific dismantling of Cork and Waterford, Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy has again named a potent line-up for tomorrow's Munster SHC round-robin clash away to Clare (4.0).

Sheedy makes one change in attack, with Niall O'Meara named at left corner-forward after the Kilruane MacDonaghs clubman missed the Waterford demolition through injury.

O'Meara started the opener on Leeside but was forced off late on and his place against the Déise went to Dan McCormack, who now reverts to the bench.

Tipp fans will be relieved to see Brendan Maher listed in an unchanged defence after the 2016 All-Ireland skipper, who recently returned from a long cruciate lay-off, made an injury-enforced exit against Waterford.

Barry Heffernan, Maher's half-time replacement the last day, drops back to the subs with Maher at No 5.

Tipp would become the first county to book their spot in the knock-out stages of the All-Ireland hurling championship if they beat Clare and would almost certainly secure a place in the Munster final for the first time since 2016.

Clare have named an unchanged team from the one which beat Waterford by a point last time out.

Conor Cleary (St Joseph's Miltown), who returns from a one-match suspension, and Michael O'Malley (Kilmaley) are named among the substitutes in place of the injured David Conroy (finger) and Cathal McInerney (hamstring).

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After their surprise defeat against Cork, reigning All-Ireland champions Limerick have made two changes for the game against Waterford in Walsh Park tomorrow (2.0).

Paddy O'Loughlin will make his championship debut in place of Diarmaid Byrnes, while William O'Donoghue replaces Darragh O'Donovan.

Maurice Shanahan starts for Waterford at wing-forward, however there is still no room in the starting 15 for veteran Michael 'Brick' Walsh.

On the football front, Cian O'Neill has kept faith with the Kildare team who drew against Longford for tomorrow's replay (3.0) in Tullamore.

Armagh, meanwhile, give a start to Andrew Murnin, who was excellent in their extra-time victory against Down, for their Ulster SFC semi-final against Cavan in Clones tomorrow (4.0).

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