Super Saturday at Semple Stadium

JEDDY WALSH

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JEDDY WALSH

Tipp hurling bosses Eamonn O'Shea, Paudie O'Neill and Michael Ryan will be hoping to get the county's hurling ambitions for 2014 back on track against Galway in Semple Stadium on Saturday evening next in a very attractive double bill.
It looks like next Saturday will be a ‘Super Saturday’ for Tipperary GAA fans with a hugely attractive championship double bill at Thurles.

It looks like next Saturday will be a ‘Super Saturday’ for Tipperary GAA fans with a hugely attractive championship double bill at Thurles.

For the followers of both codes it is definitely a double D-Day with both the county’s footballers and hurlers fighting for championship survival in 2014.

The footballers are first in to action at 5 pm when they take on Longford in the second round of the qualifiers. After their heroics against Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh two weeks ago Tipperary will be hoping for a similar performance against the Leinster side. But Longford will travel to Thurles with plenty of confidence having once again beaten a highly-fancied Derry side in the first round of the qualifiers.

Having had a good season to date with promotion to Division 3 including by the Division 4 title won at Croke Park, and a morale boosting win over Limerick in the championship, Tipp will be anxious to continue an encouraging year to date with a win.

It promises to be a great tussle in this do-or-die encounter.

The county’s hurlers will take centre stage at 7 pm when they take on Galway in the qualifiers. Tipperary will be hoping to record a first championship win under Eamonn O’Shea’s reign. After the disappointment of a second consecutive Munster championship defeat to Limerick Tipp now find themselves at the last chance saloon on Saturday.

Their opponents are Galway who lost out to Kilkenny in a replay on Saturday last in the Leinster championship having pulled off a remarkable draw the previous Sunday in Tullamore.

Extra-time will be played in both fixtures if required.

A bumper crowd is expected at Semple Stadium and the county board would appeal to all to come early and get behind Peter Creedon’s side against Longford at 5 pm.