Despite the assertion that Tipperary's form has tailed off somewhat, most observers are favouring them to get over the challenge of Wexford in Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. 

Prior to the Munster final, Tipp were flying. They were scoring freely, determined to make up for last summer's hiccup, marshalled along by Liam Sheedy and his well-regarded backroom team.

And then it all came unstuck against Limerick when the provincial prize was up for grabs. After a bright start, the Premier were eventually out-thought and out-muscled by the league and All-Ireland champions.

Time then to readjust. Laois presented a worthwhile challenge a fortnight ago. A ten-point win for Sheedy's men in the end, but there was nothing for the fans to get overly excited about.

Yet, there is the prevailing view that it will come right again against Wexford, that Tipp's half-back line will again stand tall and along with the much-heralded forward division, will combine to send them through to the 18 August decider..

The thermostat, it seems, will flick back to those levels from mid-May to mid-June.

For Liam Sheedy, he is confident that his side can raise their game against what he sees as the "formidable challenge" of Wexford.

Tipperary found Limerick too good in the Munster final 

Speaking to RTÉ GAA Correspondent, Marty Morrissey he said: "We have good players. When we perform and play to our potential, we can be a match for anyone. We had over 300 minutes of good action in that round-robin. People should not forget that

"We'll be looking to find that level of form again. We know if we find that level, we'll have a chance of getting to an All-Ireland final.

"There will be massive battles all over the field. This is a very well prepared Wexford side who are unbeaten in this year's championship.

"An All-Ireland semi-final is won by the strength of the overall pack - 15 formidable performances to start the job and obviously five more to come in off the line. It's a 20-man game and we have assembled a serious panel.

"We have eight months of hard work done, now we need a performance on Sunday."

It's nine years since Sheedy was last at the helm, a tenure that ended with Liam MacCarthy success .

"I'm really enjoying it," he added.

"It's an honour to manage any team, but to manage your own county is extra special. The time has flown so far."

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