We have live score updates & team news as Tipperary host Offaly in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers. Throw in is at 7pmfrom O’Moore Park.
It is difficult to get a hold on Tipp’s fluctuating form. The Premier Country tepidly finished 4th in the league, but ended up reaching the final, defeating All-Ireland champions Clare before losing by just a single point to Kilkenny. Limerick pipped them by 2 points in the Munster Championship, before they got the better of Galway in a goalfest at Semple Stadium. Tipperary managed to concede 4 goals and still come out on the winning side – it is difficult to know what to expect, other than excitement, from Eamon O’Shea’s men.
Offaly were hammered out of the Leinster Championship, shipping 5 goals against Kilkenny. They got back on their feet with a comfortable victory over Antrim, though this achievement is undercut by how badly the Ulstermen were beaten by Wexford in the Leinster Championship. In the league, the Midlanders were unimpressive, finishing second to bottom of Division 1B and avoiding relegation with a playoff victory over Kerry.
Duel of the Game
Noel McGrath vs Chris McDonald
One of the more consistent performers in an unpredictable Tipperary side, McGrath poses a significant scoring threat. He was recently singled out for praise by RTE analyst Michael Duignan, who described him as “on fire.” With Tip’s defense often shaky, McGrath’s attacking abilities will be important in ensuring the match goes the way of the Munstermen.
Offaly hurling has been in the doldrums of late, so shackling Tipperary’s forward line will be a tall order. McDonald represents one of their brighter hopes of actually managing this, having been nominated as the county’s player of the year in recent times. If he can keep McGrath in check, McDonald may even threaten the opponents’ post, having pucked a point or two in the past.
TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, Padraic Maher, M Cahill; C Barrett, J Barry, B Maher; K Bergin, J Woodlock; G Ryan, Patrick Maher, J O’Dwyer; N McGrath, S Callanan, L Corbett
OFFALY: J Dempsey; N Wynne, R Hannify, C McDonald; E Nolan, K Brady, C Parlon; S Ryan, D Currams; J Bergin, C Mahon, C Egan; B Carroll, D Kenny, S Dooley
Tipperary may be unpredictable, but their fans can be reasonably confident of them beating Offaly. Having given Kilkenny a run for their money in the Division 1A final, the Premier County should have enough to beat a team that the Cats themselves thumped so thoroughly. At 1/50 for the win, they’re hardly worth betting on, but a 13-15 point winning margin at 4/1 is a decent shout with Boylesports.com, given the Munster side’s porous defense.
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