Munster SFC quarter-final preview: Kerry v Tipperary

Updated: Sunday, 26 May 2013 13:56 | Comments

This will be the fourth meeting of the sides in the last four years
This will be the fourth meeting of the sides in the last four years



By Micil Glennon

Kerry v Tipperary, Fitzgerald Stadium, 2pm

Kerry boss Éamonn Fitzmaurice takes charge of his first Championship match after overseeing a roller-coaster Allianz League campaign that went from the ridiculous (versus Mayo and Dublin) to the sublime (the first half against Tyrone).

But it should be taken into account the Kingdom began the series without the likes of Paul Galvin, Colm Cooper and Kieran Donaghy, which goes some way to explaining the early-season defeats.

Last season's Munster SFC meeting between the sides won't be far from Kerry minds in the build-up to Sunday's clash.

Tipperary outplayed the beaten 2011 All-Ireland finalists for large parts of the game in Thurles before tiring and falling to a six-point defeat.

Ahead of today's game, Donaghy said in the Irish Daily Mail: “Every year that gap is getting shorter. It went up to 50 minutes and then last year we were only a point up after 62 minutes. You don't want to get into a situation where it's 65, 70 minutes and still very tight. A goal could lose you the game."

Fitzmaurice hands a Championship debut to Dr Crokes defender Fionn Fitzgerald, while Cooper will captain the side with Eoin Brosnan on the bench as he recovers from injury. 

Tipperary will be hoping to put a disappointing league run behind them.

They missed out on promotion from Division 4 after a final-day defeat to Offaly.

This will be the fourth meeting of the sides in the last four years and manager Peter Creedon, from Cork, told the Irish Examiner he relishes these clashes: “I love playing Kerry, personally, I always have.

"Kerry or Cork are great draws. We haven’t been able to bridge the gap between them in recent years but there’ll come a day Tipp will beat them.

"I’m not saying it will be Sunday but some day.”

Forward Michael Quinlivan is out with an ankle injury and Creedon gives first Championship starts to both John Coghlan and Ian Fahey. 

A trip to Waterford awaits the victors in the semi-final and the Kingdom should have too much experience to get tripped by Tipp.  

Verdict: Kerry

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O'Mahony, F Fitzgerald; T Ó Sé, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper (c), D Walsh; D O'Sullivan, K Donaghy, J O'Donoghue.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd, C McDonald; R Kiely, D Leahy, A Campbell; G Hannigan, R Costigan; C Sweeney, I Fahey, P Acheson; A Maloney, B Grogan, P Austin.

Live television coverage of Kerry v Tipperary and Donegal v Tyrone from 13:30 on Sunday 26 May on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage of all the day’s action featuring Donegal v Tyrone from 14:00 on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ RnaG and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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