So with the All-Ireland semi-final between Wexford and Tipperary fast approaching this weekend we have decided to look at the 5 key battles where the games will be won and lost. Take a look below.
- Padraig Foley (Wexford) v John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) – Foley could be given the task of marking John O’Dwyer. The Crossabeg-Ballymurn man has shown that he can mix it with the so-called big named players in the game. I think he will have a tough task on his hands against Dwyer but he could end up winning the duel.
2. Liam Ryan (Wexford) v Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – This battle could be where the match is won and lost. We all know what Callanan did in the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny a couple of years back shooting points over from all angles in a man of the match display. Ryan struggled against Colin Fennelly at times against Kilkenny, but then again what full back wouldn’t against the strong Ballyhale man. Will be a big battle and it’s one I am looking forward to.
3. Diarmuid O’Keeffe (Wexford) v Noel McGrath (Tipperary) – O’Keeffe has put in a big 2019 his performances against Kilkenny in the drawn game in the round-robin stage as well as the Leinster final were superb, he will be up against Noel McGrath this time around. McGrath has been superb for Tipperary this year and a look of the attacking goes through him. This in terms of a battle is 50-50 whoever comes out on top could be key to their side winning.
4. Lee Chin (Wexford) v Padraic Maher (Tipperary) – Chin covered every blade of grass in the Leinster Final against Kilkenny, he will be hoping to do the same here. He will up against Thurles man Padraic Maher who is one of the best in the game. This could be a physical battle between the two.
5. Rory O’Connor (Wexford) v Cathal Barrett (Tipperary) – Another big battle this time in the Tipperary full back line. Barrett will need put in a massive performance against O’Connor who was the man of the match in the Leinster Final. I am looking forward to this one.