Preview: Todays Munster SFC quarter-finals:
Tipperary v Waterford, FBD Semple Stadium, 2pm
Both teams come into this match off the back of very disappointing League campaigns.
Tipperary were relegated from Division 3 with just one draw from seven matches while Waterford finished second from bottom in Division 4 with one win from seven matches.
Tipperary’s attacking threat has been dulled by the season ending injury suffered by All-Star captain Conor Sweeney, and in his absence other forwards like Stephen Quirke, and Sean O’Connor have yet to catch fire.
Waterford have their own forward line issues – they scored less than any other team across the four divisions in the Allianz League, averaging just 10 points per match.
If Tipperary’s best ball-players like Colman Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, and Steven O’Brien are on song, they are good enough to edge what will likely be a close encounter.
Tipperary: Michael O’Reilly, Shane O’Connell, Jimmy Feehan, Colm O’Shaughnessy, Kevin Fahey, Colman Kennedy, Keith Ryan, Paudie Feehan, Jack Kennedy, Emmet Moloney, Teddy Doyle, Mikey O’Shea, Steven O’Brien, Stephen Quirke, Sean O’Connor, Kuba Beban, Luke Boland, Darragh Brennan, Conor Cadell, Willie Eviston, Martin Kehoe, Donough Leahy, Tommy Maher, Liam McGrath, Riain Quigley, Mark Russell.
Waterford: Paudie Hunt, Conor Ó Cuirrín, Darragh Ó Cathasaigh, Liam Fennell, Dermot Ryan, Brian Looby, Jordan O’Sullivan, Michael Curry, Brian Lynch, Conor Murray, Darragh Corcoran, Jason Curry, Michael Kiely, Sean Whelan-Barrett, Eoghan McGrath-Butler, Aaron Beresford, Caoimhín Maguire, Donal Fitzgerald, John Devine, Ross Browne, Dean Reidy, Jack Keane, Niall McSweeney, Barry O’Brien, Billy Hynes, Damien Quirke
Clare v Cork, Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm
When these two teams played in the same venue a month ago, Cork were convincing victors by a margin of eight points.
Clare were uncharacteristically subdued that day though, and you’d expect them to rise to the occasion this time around.
The Banner County were relegated from Division Two, but were unfortunate to lose to both Dublin and Kildare by a single point.
The addition of Kevin Walsh to Cork’s backroom team has made them a more tactically astute team, with a better balance between defence and attack.
They scored more than any other team in the top three divisions of the League and in Steven Sherlock and Brian Hurley have two forwards playing with a lot of confidence.
That firepower makes Cork favourites, but if Clare can reproduce the sort of physical intensity and tactical awareness they showed against Dublin they’re more than capable of winning too.
Clare: Stephen Ryan, Manus Doherty, Cillian Brennan, Cillian Rouine, Ciaran Russell, Jamie Malone, Daniel Walsh, Cathal O’Connor, Darragh Bohannon, Pearse Lillis, Emmett McMahon, Dermot Coughlan, Eoin Cleary, Keelan Sexton, Padraic Collins, David Sexton, Gavin Cooney, Michéal Garry, Aaron Griffin, Shane Griffin, Dan Keating, Ronan Lannigan, Mark McInerney, Darren O’Neill, Alan Sweeney, Ikem Ugweru.
Cork: Míchéal Aodh Martin, Kevin O’ Donovan, Daniel O’Mahony, Tommy Walsh, Luke Fahy, Rory Maguire, Mattie Taylor, Colm O’Callaghan, Ian Maguire, Eoghan McSweeney, Ruairi Deane, Brian O’ Driscoll, Sean Powter, Brian Hurley, Chris Óg Jones, Chris Kelly, Sean Meehan, Paul Ring, Cian Kiely, Killian O’ Hanlon, Paul Walsh, John O’ Rourke, Fionn Herlihy, Conor Corbett, Steven Sherlock, Mark Cronin