Monday 19 March 2018

five key selection questions for Tipp

Brendan Cummins v

Darren Gleeson

Cummins is in the middle of his 20th season as goalkeeper and for most of that period he has been Tipp's No 1 choice. For the league, though, he had to sit out four of Tipperary's seven games as Eamon O'Shea gave Gleeson much more sustained exposure than he has had before. He acquitted himself well, but Michael Fennelly's second goal in the league final won't have sat easily with him. It's hard to see Cummins being displaced.

Keep Padraic Maher on

the wing at all costs?

The temptation to move Maher into centre-back on a more permanent basis has been there for a few seasons now, but his involvement has been so much more pronounced when he's stepping in off the wing and reading the play so well. Holding down the middle for much of the league final curbed that influence a little.

Can Shane McGrath regain

form at midfield?

Shane McGrath is a popular choice for the captaincy and there was obvious method in making the appointment to try and get more from a player that has the potential to offer such energy and dash. But he has yet to regain the form that promised so much in 2009. Noel McGrath could be an option, and James Woodlock has been getting it together.

Is it better to finish with

Eoin Kelly on or off the field?

Eoin Kelly has showed some impressive form during the league and his touch looks as good as ever, but there is obvious question marks over his staying power for the full 70 minutes. Would it be best to bring him on as a substitute and so have him on the field for the conclusion of critical games where his experience and craft would be so telling.

What to do with Noel McGrath?

The league final underlined just what an asset Noel McGrath is in the middle third as he worked well as an extra midfielder. Wherever he is deployed, he has a capacity to deliver and is arguably now Tipperary's most important player. Is it time to make midfield his permanent base?

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