John Mullane: Classy Callanan can pull trick out of the hat at 20/1

The former Waterford legend on why the Tipp forward looks a value play to net three goals in Sunday's final.

John Mullane


I’m going to go for Seamus Callanan to get the first goal in this year’s hurling final at odds of .

Seamus a very quiet semi-final, but he knows where the back of the net is on All-Ireland final day.

If you are going for Kilkenny, I’ll take Colin Fennelly. He will be in and around the edge of the square, where he scored two the last day.


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The last time we had a hat trick in an All-Ireland final was Shane O’Donnell for Clare in the 2013 replay against Cork, and there will be goals in this game between Tipp and Kilkenny on Sunday afternoon.

You can’t overlook the odds on a Kilkenny or a Tipperary player getting a hat trick and Seamus Callanan comes in at odds of , while you can get Colin Fennelly at .

If they are to win this game, Tipp are going to require goals on Sunday.

The last time they won the All-Ireland in 2010 they scored four goals, while in 2014 they scored 1-28, but they still failed to get over the line.

To overcome Kilkenny they are going to have to raise a couple of green flags and one thing they have is fire power.

Over 2.5 goals in the game at is a bet, but take under 47.5 points in the final as well at .

‘Tipping’ the scales

Before a ball was even pucked in the semi-final, I said Tipperary were the best equipped team to win the final.

If they can nullify the threat of both TJ Reid and Richie Hogan they’ll go a long way to winning this clash – But it’s easier said than done!

It’s the fifth final both these teams have met in since 2009 and it’s a final Tipp have to win. Many will feel that it’s time now that they pushed on a number of All-Irelands in the near future.

I am going to go for Tipperary to be the eventual winners and go climbing them steps of the Hogan Stand come 5pm Sunday evening.

Let’s get physical

All the question marks this week coming out of the Tipp camp is the level of intensity that they’re going to bring to this game. Michael Ryan is really honing in on that, because you really know what you’re going to get with the Cats.

They will come with a lot of physicality and the big question is whether Tipperary will turn up and bring it to them. If they do then they’ve a cracking chance of winning this game.

Kilkenny are Kilkenny. They’re going for three-in-a-row and on All-Ireland final day you know what you’re going to get, they’re going to turn up and give a performance.

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Michael Fennelly is an incredible loss for Kilkenny. He’s going to be sorely missed and if Tipperary can break even in around midfield they’ve a good chance of upsetting the odds.

But you know, Brian Cody won’t dwell on it and he’ll bring in a replacement.

Tipperary didn’t get enough credit against Waterford, all be it they won by a massive score (Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13) in a Munster final where the opposition didn’t turn up.

But they performed better than Kilkenny did against Waterford this year.


Man of the Match

 When the dust has settled, this is a very popular market on All-Ireland final day. To pick a player from either team, I’m going to go for a couple of defenders.

Cathal Barrett (Tipperary), comes in at reasonably good odds of or Cillian Buckley of Kilkenny – he’s .

But, as I think Tipperary are to be victorious, I’m going to go for Cathal Barrett to be the RTÉ Man of the Match and crown the perfect afternoon for Tipp.

Keeping the cards in the pocket

There’s other markets I would be looking at like ‘no red card’ in the game at .

It will be a fiercely competitive game, but on All-Ireland final day players would be mindful of not getting a red card, and it’s a cool head that will win this game.

What do you think?