Wexford v Tipperary, Sunday, 2pm, Wexford Park
This game has the potential to be the game of the weekend in my eyes. There is plenty at stake for both sides in a very tight division at present 4 teams sit on 2 points each so a win for either side would be massive. Previous encounters between the sides have been close and their is nothing to say this won’t be either as Liam Sheedy travels to Wexford Park for the first time since becoming Premier boss.
A look at most recent results now, Wexford have played 2, won 1 and lost 1. The loss coming narrowly to All-Ireland Champions Limerick on the opening weekend, while two weeks ago Davy Fitzgerald’s men impressed on Leeside with a win in Pairc Ui Chaoimh against Cork. Liam Sheedy’s Tipperary have had a topsy turvy league to date. They trounced Clare on the opening night in Thurles, before going on to get hammered by Limerick two weeks ago. So this game in my opinion is 50-50.
Wexford may be without Rory O’Connor and Lee Chin here as they have little game time and Fitzgerald speaking to local paper Wexford People said this “I don’t like throwing players into a game like that for I do not know if they would be up to seventy minutes hurling. “I will not make a decision until later in the week. The same goes for Paul Morris who has not trained in a little over a week, while Mark Fanning took a knock in training, but Eanna Martin is due some game time. Fitzgerald will be able to call players like Conor McDonald, Liam Ryan and Matt O’Hanlon as well as David Dunne and Cathal Dunbar.
Liam Sheedy will look to the leaders in the side for a massive performance here. Players like Paidi Maher, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath and Seamus Callanan are all seasoned campaigners now and know how to eek out wins when they need them. Jake Morris and Willie Connors will also be key men.
Wexford : TBA
Tipperary : Paul Maher, Donagh Maher, James Barry, Ronan Maher, Seamus Kennedy, Paidi Maher, Barry Heffernan, Robert Byrne, Michael Breen, Jason Forde, Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher, John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Niall O’Meara
Wexford are 15/8 to win this game, while Tipperary are favourites at 8/15. The draw is 9/1. Seamus Callanan to get a goal any time is 7/5 looks good, while Conor McDonald to do likewise for the Model County is 21/10.