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Friday 19 January 2018

Limerick experience to derail Tipp's bid for Munster treble

Limerick v Tipperary
Munster U-21 HC semi-final
Gaelic Grounds, 7.30, M Wadding (Waterford)
(Extra-time if necessary)

Tipperary manager Declan Ryan during the closing stages of the game. Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final, Waterford v Tipperary, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork. Photo: Sportsfile
Tipperary manager Declan Ryan during the closing stages of the game. Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final, Waterford v Tipperary, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork. Photo: Sportsfile

Limerick come into this game 'cold', having not featured yet in the U-21 championship, while Tipperary have the advantage of a game under their belt.

The Premier County were forced to dig deep to beat Cork: they were four points down with six minutes remaining but managed to find a way back to win by the minimum and book their place in this last-four clash against the reigning champions.

However, they have lost full-forward David Collins to injury since that game, with Cian Hogan set to replace him on the edge of the square.

Representation on senior county squads is often a good pointer. For Tipp, Sean Curran is the only member of the U-21 panel to be involved with the senior team, while Limerick had six U-21s on the 26-man senior panel for their win over Clare.

Aaron Murphy, Declan Hannon, Tom Ryan, Shane Dowling, Mark Carmody and Kevin Downes were all named on the squad by John Allen for last weekend's success -- Dowling, Hannon and Downes got on the scoresheet.

Tipp hurling is on a roll at the minute, having landed Munster minor and senior titles in the same season for the first time since 2001.

But Limerick's experience and home advantage could tip the balance in their favour.

Odds: Limerick 4/6 Tipperary 6/4 Draw 8/1

Verdict: Limerick

Limerick -- A Murphy; A Dempsey, D Morrisey, S O'Reilly; R Egan, D Hannon, T Ryan; S Kenny, S O'Brien; S Dowling, N Kennedy, M Carmody; M Ryan, K Downes, W Griffin.

Tipperary -- P Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, P Ryan; W Ryan, B Stapleton, J Cahill; D Maher, D McCormack; J O'Dwyer, S Curran, N O'Meara; E Murray, C Hogan, L McGrath.

DONNCHADH Boyle

Irish Independent

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