Tipp minor footballers start campaign in Dungarvan

JEDDY WALSH

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JEDDY WALSH

Tipperary manager Charlie McGeever brings his side to Dungarvan this Wednesday evening for a first round Munster minor football championship game against Waterford.
Tipperary minor footballers begin their Munster championship campaign in Dungarvan tonight (Wednesday) at 7 pm, hopeful of an extended run in the competition.

Tipperary minor footballers begin their Munster championship campaign in Dungarvan tonight (Wednesday) at 7 pm, hopeful of an extended run in the competition.

Tipperary minor footballers begin their Munster championship campaign in Dungarvan tonight (Wednesday) at 7 pm, hopeful of an extended run in the competition.

Charlie McGeever, now in his second year at the helm, will be hoping to at least emulate last year’s side who reached the provincial final before going under to Kerry in Killarney before exiting to Monaghan in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Speaking to Brian White, who is part of the backroom staff, he was “hopeful” of a win against Waterford but was mindful that Fraher Field in Dungarvan is always a tough place to do the business.

“The mindset with this team is right and the lads and the backroom have prepared well. Things haven’t been going too bad in training and we are happy with the way things have gone. We will be training tonight (Monday) and we will announce the team after training.”

Wexford native and former top inter-county referee, Brian went on to outline the extensive preparations undergone since the team came together last December.

“We played lots of challenge games over the past few months including games against Donegal, Sligo, Monaghan, Offaly, Westmeath, Limerick, Kildare and Wexford. We lost by just a point to Donegal and we lost to Kildare but we won the rest of them, and we are pleased with that,” he said.

“We have quite a few from last year including Jack Brady (goalie), Danny Owens, Paul Maher, Alan Tynan, Padraig White, Tommy Nolan and Stephen Quirke. We also have about eight dual players involved including our captain Willie Connors.”

The incentive for a victory tonight is a home fixture in Semple Stadium, Thurles, against the winners of the Kerry v Clare game and perhaps an opportunity to reverse the disappointment of last July in Fitzgerald Stadium.

Tipp have had a proud record in Munster over the past number of years, winning the title in 2011 and 2012 and reaching last year’s decider, defeating Cork along the way.

Tipperary (MF v Waterford) - Jack Brady (Ballina); Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers), Liam Ryan (Clonmel Commercials), Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan); Willie Connors (Kildangan - Captain), Cathal O’Mahony (St. Patricks), Jack Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill); Tommy Nolan (Drom and Inch), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers); Emmet Maloney (Drom and Inch), Padraig White (Clonmel Commercials), Ross Peters (Clonmel Commercials); James Bergin (JK Brackens), Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash).