Tipperary footballers go into their Division 3 fixture against Limerick on Sunday at Semple Stadium at 2pm determined to pick up their first points of the campaign after undeservedly travelling back from Armagh last weeek empty handed after an excellent performance.
Management and players were incensed not to have got anything out of that game having led going into extra time and while the Armagh equalising point was scored in the two minutes added on, Tipperary questioned how the referee allowed more than the two minutes in which Armagh time scored the winning point.
Selector Michael O’Loughlin said it was very disheartening not to get anything out of the game in the circumstances.
“Having rallied on a number of occasions against Armagh and to have played for most of the second half following a very harsh sending off, this defeat was hard to take. Everybody was told there would be two minutes added on, so we did not have any problem when Armagh equalised in that time, but how more time was played is a mystery,” said O’Loughlin.
Tipperary will be without Robbie Kiely who was sent off in that game this Sunday against Limerick but have no major injury problems to contend with in the lead up to a very important game.
“It is a big game for us. Everybody involved in the national league knows how crucial it is to win your home games and pick up a few points away from home”, said the Tipp selector.
Limerick, who got off to a winning start against Sligo, will want to continue their run and O’Loughlin expects a very tight game.
“We have played Limerick in the championship and league in the last two years and while we came out on top in both there was very little between the teams and it’s going to be the same on Sunday”, he said.
O‘Loughlin said they were greatly encouraged to see Tipp supporters travel to Armagh last week and is hopeful that the team will be well supported again this Sunday.