Tipperary and Dublin do battle this Sunday in the All Ireland MHC Final at Croke Park. Throw in 1:15.
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According to the bookmakers this game is a forgone conclusion with Tipperary priced at 4/1 on. Minor can be a fickle grade however and often throws up strange results.
The Premier men looked very impressive in their semi-final outing when they recorded a five point win over a highly fancied Galway side, their physical power and ability to move the ball quickly to their key finishers really caught the eye.
A number of their players are exceptional hurlers, Barry Heffernan, Bill Maher, John McGrath and Stephen Cahill have looked the most accomplished. Team manager William Maher will look to these men to lead from the front once again on Sunday.
Dublin will probably feel quite fortunate to be in the final after somehow coming out on top in a bizarre semi-final against Clare. The Munster men dominated for long periods but some wayward finishing and the concession of three soft goals undermined their effords.
Overall the Dublin performance was disjointed and they will have to improve dramatically if they are to compete this weekend. Óisín O’ Rourke, Sean McClelland and dual star Cormac Costello did perform well though and the Dublin management will hope that these players can inspire their colleagues to greater heights this time around.
The hype that surrounded Dublin hurling in 2011 did their minors no favours in last year’s decider and the quieter build up will suit them this time around. This Tipperary team will take some stopping though and it would represent a major surprise if they were defeated.