By Micil Glennon
The footballers of Tipperary and Wexford start a Semple Stadium triple-header on Saturday looking for one more day out in the Championship.
Tipperary reached round two of the qualifiers courtesy of a five-point win over Offaly, but there are few lessons, if any, to be learned by beating a Faithful side in such disarray - just ask Kildare.
Apart from the result, the only real positive from that game was the run-out it gave Peter Creedon’s men who had been kicking their heels since the Munster quarter-final defeat to Kerry at the end of May.
The Tipperary manager is on record as saying that any further progress this season will be a bonus and so the pressure is very much off the home side.
But, that said, football in the county is on a high after their minor side retained their Munster Championship title, and this match provides an opportunity to keep the feel good factor going for another couple of weeks at least.
And the gods have also been kind to the Premier with a second successive home draw and opponents who might still be kicking themselves after missing an opportunity against Dublin in the Leinster semi-final.
Not that Wexford will be too displeased with the draw either.
Facing Division 4 side Tipperary will be seen as a chance to get straight back up on the bike after the second-half no-show in Croker – Wexford kicked 11 wides in the last 35 minutes.
But when they clicked they really put it up to Dublin, and Ben Brosnan and Red Barry have the quality to hurt Tipp.
The Model men can also expect to be cheered on by a boisterous crowd as their hurlers are in action immediately afterwards, while Tipp’s appearance in Sunday’s Munster hurling final may affect the size of the home support.
Jason Ryan’s team are superior to Tipperary, and barring a total no-show will be in the pot for Round 3.