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Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea says his side are not taking the Waterford Crystal Cup too seriously

Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea says his side are not taking the Waterford Crystal Cup too seriously

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Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea says his side are not taking the Waterford Crystal Cup too seriously

TIPPERARY will be grateful that tonight's Waterford Crystal Cup final (7.30) has been moved to Limerick's Gaelic Grounds.

The weather-enforced move out of Sixmilebridge will, at least, take All-Ireland champions Clare out of their comfort zone.

That's where they looked last week when they thrashed UCC 2-28 to 1-4. It was a second game in two days for the students, but, given that they had scored 3-28 in their quarter-final defeat of Mary I, it looked a strong statement of intent from Davy Fitzgerald's side.

This is the fourth time Tipp and Clare have met in the final of Munster's pre-season competition and it's 2-1 to the Banner so far, with a 1-21 to 1-13 victory in Thurles last year.

Colin Ryan scored 1-12 (1-7 from placed balls), when David Reidy and Jamie Shanahan were among the youngsters getting a chance for Clare.

Eamon O'Shea has already stressed that the Premier men are not taking this competition too seriously, but they still scored 2-30 against UL last week, while conceding far too much to Brian Lohan's side (0-22) – John O'Dwyer top-scoring on 1-9 before being substituted at half-time.

The Tipp manager has stressed that they are concentrating their preparations on their first league game on Saturday week.

"When you're in a final you try to win it, but the big game for me is Saturday week against Waterford," he said.

O'Shea is currently without the injured Eoin Kelly, Patrick 'Bonner' Maher, Paddy Stapleton, Seamus Callanan and David Collins and is expected to finalise his league panel over the weekend.

Ten of tonight's players (six Clare and four Tipp) have also been picked by Munster boss Liam Sheedy for Sunday's M Donnelly inter-provincial semi-final against Connacht in Ballinasloe.

LEINSTER Squad ( SH v Ulster) – G Maguire, P Kelly, J Boland, C Keaney, R O' Dwyer, D Sutcliffe, P Ryan, M Carton, D O'Callaghan (all Dublin), P Murphy , T Walsh, E Larkin, C Fennelly, E Murphy, A Fogarty (all Kilkenny), C Kenny, L Chin, R Keogh, A Shore, J Guiney, G Sinnott (all Wexford), J Bergin, D Currams (both Offaly), W Hyland (Laois), D English (Carlow), N O'Brien ( Westmeath).

Irish Independent