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Leitrim vs Tipperary could prove to be a relegation decider. If Leitrim win by a large enough margin, Tipperary may find themselves in the bottom two. However, the Munster side did themselves no harm by beating Offaly last weekend.
Unfortunately, Leitrim had to concede their game to Down at the weekend. The Connacht team couldn’t field a team due to unavailable players who were waiting for Covid-19 test results.
As a result, the round 7 league game this weekend will be their only outing before they play Mayo in the Connacht Championship the following week.
On the other hand, Tipperary were impressive against Offaly. Conor Sweeney and Jack Kennedy were two notable performers. But, Kevin Fahey, Michael Quinlivan, Jimmy Feehan, and sub Liam Boland also made key contributions.
Therefore, David Power has reason to be confident heading into this one.
Leitrim County Board Chairman Enda Stenson confirmed that one member of the squad had tested positive for Covid-19 before the cancelled game against Down. However, he did not reveal who it was. Instead, the Leitrim players had a vote over whether or not to travel to Newry. 52% voted not to.
So, it will be interesting to see what sort of squad is available for selection this weekend. But, since it is a home game there should be a little more ease about playing the fixture.
Tipperary lost Stephen O’Brien from the midfield in the 23rd minute against Offaly. Otherwise, there are no other major notables absent for this one.
Predicition: Tipperary. The fact of the matter is that Leitrim are yet to play competitively since the restart. Furthermore, the cancelled game last weekend will leave a sense of caution and uncertainty among the players. Tipperary are undoubtedly in better shape heading into this one.
Leitrim vs Tipperary: Division 3, Sunday, October 25th, 2pm (Carrick-on-Shannon).
— The GAA (@officialgaa) October 20, 2020