Limerick and Tipperary face off again

Limerick and Tipperary do battle all over again following their pulsating Munster SHC first round draw last week in Thurles.

Limerick and Tipperary do battle all over again following their pulsating Munster SHC first round draw last week in Thurles.

Limerick could have lost in the end last weekend, despite taking a five-point lead at one stage during the second-half.

However, Limerick boss Joe McKenna has kept faith with the team that came from a point down in injury-time to secure the draw.

There is no place for Murroe Boher's Pat Tobin, who scored two crucial points when he was sprung from the bench last weekend.

Defender-turned-attacker TJ Ryan, who scored 1-7 of Limerick's 2-14 tally last weekend, is again named next to his brother Donie in the full-forward line.

McKenna has resisted making changes to his half-back line, who dominated Tipperary for much of last weekend's game, despite skipper Ollie Moran moving out to midfield in the second-half.

Tipperary, on the other hand, will have to switch things around and the half-forward line will have to undergo radical changes.

Although manager Ken Hogan will not finalise his team until before throw-in, former All-Ireland-winning skipper Tommy Dunne is set for a recall as leader of the attack.

Colin Morrissey is also set to move from centre field to the half-forward line, switching places with team captain Benny Dunne, who will partner Paul Kelly at midfield.

Michael Webster may also earn a recall at full-forward.

LIMERICK (SHC v Tipperary): T Houlihan; D Reale, S Lucey, M Foley; O Moran, B Geary, P Lawlor; P O'Grady, D O'Grady; C Fitzgerald, N Moran, A O'Shaughnessy, D Ryan, TJ Ryan, D Sheehan.

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