Tipp face stern test in Dublin or Kilkenny

Tipperary have been drawn against either Dublin or Kilkenny in the next round of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifiers.

Tipperary have been drawn against either Dublin or Kilkenny in the next round of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifiers.

The draw, made on Monday morning, means that Tipp will have to travel to either Parnell Park or Nowlan Park for the phase two qualifier on Saturday, July 6.

Tipp will know the identity of their opponents when Dublin and Kilkenny replay their Leinster semi-final at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise at 7pm next Saturday evening, with Tipp meeting the losers of that tie.

The sides played out a thrilling draw at the same venue on Sunday.

The draw means, of course, that had substitute TJ Reid not scored that late equaliser then it could have been Tipperary facing Kilkenny in the next round of the qualifiers, a pairing that many had predicted as a possible All-Ireland Final at the start of the season.

Whether it’s Parnell Park or Nowlan Park, Tipp face a tough test and will need to improve considerably on their performance when they were beaten by Limerick in the Munster semi-final.

Improvement will also be the keyword when Kilkenny take on Dublin in Saturday’s Leinster championship replay.

Whatever their fate on Saturday the All-Ireland and National League champions will have been in action on three successive weekends, with either a Leinster Final against Galway or an All-Ireland qualifier against Tipp awaiting them the following weekend.

Dublin came so close to beating Kilkenny in the championship for the first time since 1942 that they’ll surely find it difficult to summon the same effort again this weekend.

The body language of manager Anthony Daly in post-match interviews also seemed to suggest that his team have missed the boat.

For his part Kilkenny boss Brian Cody claimed that the match showed that his team were only human.

In the other phase 2 qualifier Clare are at home to Laois.