Tipperary and Down clash for the first time in the championship this Saturday following Down’s prolific defeat to Donegal in the Ulster Final and Tipperary stringing three championship wins together for the first time since 1998.
The return of Benny Coulter and Dan Gordon can but boost the depth of the Down side while Tipperary can boast the presence of Cíarán McDonald, a team of the weekend selection, in the full back line.
The Premier will have the momentum following last weekend’s victory over Antrim while Down were given a lesson by Donegal, losing 2-18 to 0-13.
Down though are the experienced side having last appeared in an All-Ireland Quarter Final in 2010 while Tipperary are looking to write history by making it to the final eight for the first time.
Both teams have met three times in the Allianz Football League over the 2009 – 2010 seasons and the results have fallen evenly with each earning a win in 2009 and the most recent fixture resulting in a draw.
On the path to Saturday’s qualifier, Down overcame Fermanagh 2-10 to 1-8, Monaghan 1-14 to 1-13 before that heavy defeat to Donegal.
Tipperary on the other hand had a defeat to Kerry 0-16 to 0-10, before back to back victories over Offaly, Wexford and Antrim.
It will be a battle but with the recent underage success within the Premier county, maybe its time to make history.
Throw in is at 4pm in Clones.