We have live score commentary from Tipperary vs Kerry Munster SFC Quarter Final, Thurles 2pm.
One of this year’s, and indeed, every year’s favourites Kerry, will kick off their bid to regain the All-Ireland crown against Tipperary this Sunday.
Tipp will have their fans out in force (as it is a double header with their hurlers facing Limerick) but they may have little to cheer as the Kingdom will come into this game as almost unbackable favourites.
In the 2010 campaign, Kerry comprehensively beat Sunday’s opponents by 12 points and by 11 points last year with only fourteen men.
Kerry may have lost old stalwarts Tom O’ Sullivan (retirement) and Marc O’Sé (injury, misses first championship game in 8 years) but their search for new talent has unearthed a few gems, which were on full view in the Allianz Football League.
New blood like Pa Curtin, Peter Crowley and Brian McGuire all blended in seamlessly as they topped Division 1. Their shock loss to Mayo in the League semi-final will not have dampened any enthusiasm in the Kingdom camp. Colm “Gooch” Cooper will be the go-to guy again and if he is on form, this could be over before it gets started.
The Premier County may have been relegated to Division 4 of the League but there was a lot to like about their last game against Offaly. Peter Creedon’s men will take heart from that victory.
Robbie Costigan and Hugh Coghlan are players that will give the Kerry defence a lot to deal with but it is difficult to imagine that they will be able to overcome the Kingdom, despite home advantage.
Kerry – Brendan Kealy, Shane Enright, Daniel Bohan, Killian Young, Tomás Ó Sé, Eoin Brosnan, Peter Crowley, Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan, Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Leary, Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, Patrick Curtin.
Tipperary – Paul Fitzgerald; Andrew Morrissey, Paddy Codd, Ciarán McDonald; Brian Fox, Robbie Costigan, Alan Campbell; George Hannigan, Hugh Coghlan; Lorcan Egan, Peter Acheson, Shane Scully; Alan Maloney, Michael Quinlivan, Philip Austin