Cork v Tipperary, Sunday, 12th of May, 4pm, Pairc Ui Chaoimh
Reigning Munster Champions Cork will home advantage here against Tipperary for what looks like will be a thrilling encounter. The sides met in the league where Tipperary hammered Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn, however, I expect it to be much closer this time around.
Both sides didn’t make the league semi-finals but they probably had the eyes on this game. Cork will have some quality players in the ranks here with the likes of Pat Horgan, Seamus Harnedy and Conor Lehane in the attack. Mark Coleman and Tim O’Mahony will once again be solid in the half-back line.
Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy was somewhat happy enough with his side league. The game against Cork showed what they can do when they click as a unit. Padraic Maher, Cathal Barrett, and James Barry will be key men in defence, Noel McGrath is likely to start in midfield along with Mick Breen who excelled when these teams last met. Seamus Callanan, Jason Forde, and John McGrath will be key men in the attack.
Last Five Championship Matches
2018 Cork 2-20 Tipperary 1-23 (Munster Round Robin)
2017 Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
2014 Tipperary 2-14 Cork 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2012 Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 (Munster semi-final)
2011 Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 (Munster quarter-final)
1. Anthony Nash, 2. Sean O’ Donoghue 3. Eoin Cadogan, 4. Niall O’ Leary, 5. Christopher Joyce 6. Tim O’ Mahony, 7. Mark Coleman, 8. Darragh Fitzgibbon, 9. Bill Cooper, 10. Daniel Kearney, 11. Seamus Harnedy, 12. Luke Meade, 13. Conor Lehane, 14. Patrick Horgan 15. Shane Kingston
Tipperary: Brian Hogan, Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Sean O’Brien, Brendan Maher, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath, Michael Breen, Niall O’Meara, Seamus Callanan, Patrick Maher, John O’Dwyer, Jason Forde, John McGrath.
Cork are 5/6 with the bookmakers Tipperary are 6/5 and the draw is 8/1. John McGrath at 12/1 looks a good bet to get the first goal.