Donal O'Grady - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DONAL OGRADY: Tipperary must be prepared for the big switch

Eamon O’Shea has a placement rather than a selection dilemma in the key full-back role

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Nicky English tries to escape but Denis Walsh puts up a barrier in the 1990 Munster final at Thurles.

DONAL OGRADY: Cork v Tipp: A game which touches the parts others just can’t reach

Few rivalries have as rich a history as Cork and Tipperary hurlers, points out Donal O'Grady.

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DONAL OGRADY: Limerick have the ideal midfield combination

Three key areas

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DONAL OGRADY: Limerick and Tipp pounce on weaknesses

WEXFORD v LIMERICK

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Limerick's Declan Hannon races through the Cork defence in the Munster SHC final in Pairc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Sportsfile

DONAL OGRADY: Disrupting Model fluidity key to Limerick success

The tactical battles that will decide the games in Thurles

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Seamus Harnedy celebrates scoring Cork's first goal against Limerick. Picture: Inpho

DONAL OGRADY: Goals crucial as half-forward line provide platform for Rebels’ success

With the teams level at half-time, it was clear the first goal would have a huge bearing on the result. And so it proved.

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James Ryan: Sweeps up a lot of breaking ground ball.

DONAL OGRADY: Midfield battle will be decisive

Limerick have had four weeks to prepare for this final with no injuries and no distractions.

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TJ Reid - the Cats' main man from play and frees

DONAL OGRADY: Workrate, discipline key for Dubs

Dublin won’t be giving up their crown with a major fight

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DONAL OGRADY: Tigerish defence holds Tribe stars in vice-like grip

Management Moves

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DONAL OGRADY: Cork composure and commitment catches Clare cold

In the lead-up to the game, I believed the first 20 minutes would prove crucial and that if one team got a grip it would be hard to seize the initiative back from them.

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