Six newcomers get Tipperary call

Tipperary manager John Evans had included six championship debutants in his team for Sunday's Munster SFC quarter-final against Limerick (Fermoy, throw-in 3.30pm).

Corner backs Aidan Foley and Ciaran McDonald, wing back Paddy Codd, centre-forward Brian Jones, corner forward Sean Carey and full-forward Seamus Grogan will all make their championship bows for Tipp this weekend.

Foley, who plays his club football with Moyle Rovers, will captain the side in the absence of his club-mate Brian Mulvihill who could be sprung from the bench depending on his hamstring injury.

Tipp will look to Aherlow ace Barry Grogan to provide the bulk of their scores.

The 21-year-old Grogan top-scored for the Premier county during their successful league run, which saw them gain promotion to NFL Division 3.

The experienced Niall Fitzgerald is out with a knee injury but again the 2005 Tommy Murphy Cup winner could yet feature as a substitute.

Overall, it is a young Tipperary team and Kerry native Evans does not see anything wrong with that.

Tipp's youngsters are progressing nicely with appearances in the last two Munster Under-21 finals and their minors also reached the final of this season's provincial championship.

"The talent is definitely there. There's a lot of good guys doing a lot of work, it is just a question of putting it all together and harnessing it," Evans told the Irish Independent.

"I'd like to think that maybe Limerick are on a downward trend while we're on an upward surge but championship games are all on the day. The big question is whether Limerick's experience will hold out against the brash youthfulness of our young lads?

"We'll see. But to win a championship match would be terrific and we'll give it everything we've got on Sunday."

Only goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald and forward duo Damien O'Brien and Barry Grogan survive from the Tipp team that started against Cork in last year's Munster championship.

TIPPERARY (SFC v Limerick): P Fitzgerald; A Foley (capt), M Peters, C McDonald; P Codd, R Costigan, N Curran; K Mulryan, E Hanrahan; P Johnson, B Jones, D O'Brien; S Carey, S Grogan, B Grogan.

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