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Clare were full value for their win over my beloved Waterford last weekend. They won by four points in the end, but the margin of victory should have been way higher than that. If The Bannermen had their shooting boots on, they could have won by double figures as they hit over 20 wides on the day. But, if they are to overcome Tipperary on Sunday, Clare’s scoring efficiency has got to be way better than it was last week.
Brian Lohan’s charges are outsiders again here, but the match they had last week will stand to their chances of being successful. There is also talk that their star forward Shane O’Donnell could return from injury in time for this game.
Sunday 15:45 – Tipperary v Clare
The question of age hangs over this Tipperary panel and people are asking are they over the hill? An awful lot has been read into their loss to Waterford in their final National League game this season too. I wouldn’t take anything from what happened in that match personally. I believe Tipperary were in the middle of a heavy block of training before they played that one, and that probably puts the question of that defeat to bed.
But, how can people write off the likes of Pádraic Maher, Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath and Seamus Callanan because of their age? These are generational hurlers and are some of the best players we have seen in the last 20 years. I am certainly not writing them off yet, that’s for sure. Tipp still have the tools to have a huge say in this Championship. But, to stamp their claim on the Championship, Tipperary have to win on Sunday, and I believe they will do just that.
The handicap for this contest is set at four points at the time of writing and despite the fact I’m tipping Liam Sheedy’s men to do the business, I like the look of Clare (+4) here. If Tipp are to win, I believe to they’ll do it by one to three points and that is not enough to cover the handicap on offer to The Banner here.
Last weekend Aron Shanagher could have scored two or three goals, but kept missing the target. It was actually Tony Kelly who grabbed their goal from a penalty.
But, I’m looking at a Tipperary man to do the business and score the first goal in this game. Seamus Callanan only came back from injury in the latter part of the National League, and he should be placed on the edge of the square for Tipperary on Sunday. Two years ago, he was almost scoring a goal per game for The Premier County. There really is no better back to find the net first here.
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