Tipp U21s include O'Hanlon

Tipperary Under-21 manager Fr. Tom Fogarty has made one change to his side for today's Erin All-Ireland U-21 hurling final replay against Kilkenny (Semple Stadium, throw-in 3.30pm).

Tipperary Under-21 manager Fr. Tom Fogarty has made one change to his side for today's Erin All-Ireland U-21 hurling final replay against Kilkenny (Semple Stadium, throw-in 3.30pm).

Carrick clubman Danny O'Hanlon has been drafted in at left corner forward with Ray McLoughney the player to make way.

McLoughney was replaced by O'Hanlon at half-time in last week's drawn game, with O'Hanlon going on to impress at the head of the Tipp attack.

If the Munster champions are to stop Kilkenny from completing their first senior-Under-21 All-Ireland double since 2003 this afternoon, they will need improved performances from centre-back Jim Bob McCarthy and right corner forward Richie Ruth, who was one of only two Tipp starting forwards to be held scoreless at Croke Park.

Fogarty, the Moyne-Templetuohy clubman who has had spells as both Tipperary minor and senior manager, drew on the positives to come out of last week's game, refusing to be down-hearted after Richie Hogan's late goal had squared up the tie at 2-14 apiece.

He said: "It was a long time since a Tipperary team played with such heart and conviction. We have to summon the same enthusiasm, endeavour and effort for the next day and if we can, we are in with a chance.

"Saturday is the huge challenge. Six days is a bit short and the boys are disappointed at losing the lead but it's our job to lift them off the ground. We have been keeping it in their heads that they are capable of doing it."

Tipp have beaten Kilkenny in four of their seven All-Ireland final meetings at the Under-21 grade, including their last Cashel Cross trophy triumph back in 1995.

TIPPERARY (U-21HC v Kilkenny) - G Kennedy; P Stapleton, A Byrne, C O'Nrien; D Young (capt), JB McCarthy, S Horan; J Woodlock, S Lillis; R O'Dwyer, N Teehan, D Sheppard; R Ruth, D Egan, D O'Hanlon.

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