Speculation is mounting in Limerick that manager TJ Ryan is set to blood a host of full championship debutants against Tipp, possibly as many as seven.
Morrissey, from the Ahane club, is tipped to fill the pivotal position on the edge of the Limerick square ahead of Richie McCarthy, a move that would match him with Tipperary dangerman Seamus Callanan. Morrissey, 23, played at full-back for the Limerick U21 and intermediate teams in 2012 but won a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with University of Limerick at midfield last year. He made his championship debut as a sub in 2014 and was also used off the bench last year.
Dunne, writing in his new Nenagh Guardian column, says naming Morrissey to start would represent “a huge call” on Ryan’s behalf.
“Morrissey’s club form must be very good, and his training form too, so TJ will be going on something in that regard,” Dunne wrote. “But it’s still a huge risk. Anybody that’s played championship hurling and been involved with championship teams knows that on a championship day, you’ll experience a pace and intensity like you’ve never experienced before.”
While Limerick may be making plans to nullify Tipp’s sharpshooters, Dunne believes Premier County boss Michael Ryan will go out to play the game on its merits.
“I don’t think Tipp will be as concerned about individual match-ups for this particular game. They’ll go out the way they want to line up themselves and let Limerick worry about them.”
Dunne, however, also feels the onus will be on Sean Curran and Dan McCormack in the Tipp half-forward line to replicate their understated and hard-working displays against Cork in the Munster quarter-final victory.
He added: “Their inclusions came as a surprise, they both enjoyed very solid starts to their inter-county careers. If they’re playing again, the spotlight will fall on them to see if they can reproduce those levels.”
Dunne described the Limerick visit as a “dangerous assignment”, but he expects the hosts to get the job done and set up another Munster final against Waterford on July 10.
“Let’s call a spade a spade: Anything other than a Tipp win would be a big surprise, but if you’re in the Limerick camp, this is a brilliant way to go into the game.”