Five changes for Tipperary

Tipperary manager Babs Keating has made five changes to his side for Sunday's NHL Division 1B showdown with Galway at Pearse Stadium (throw-in 3.30pm).

Tipperary manager Babs Keating has made five changes to his side for Sunday's NHL Division 1B showdown with Galway at Pearse Stadium (throw-in 3.30pm).

Shane Maher and Shane McGrath will form a new-look partnership at midfield, while forwards Tony Scroope, Lar Corbett and Danny O'Hanlon have been recalled to the starting line-up.

Keating has opted to change things at centre-field where James Woodlock and Francis Devanney failed to impress in the 1-11 to 0-8 win over Antrim last weekend.

John Carroll, Pa Bourke and Micheal Webster are the players to make way in attack.

The 18-year-old Bourke made his league debut against Antrim in Templemore and considering he scored a cracking goal, he may consider himself unfortunate to be benched.

Both Carroll and Webster were held scoreless and substituted against the Saffrons.

In a positional change, 2006 All-Star Eoin Kelly has moved from centre forward to right corner forward, with Darragh Egan now leading the Tipp attack on the forty. O'Hanlon, who scored two goals in the win over Kilkenny, returns at full-forward.

Killenaule goalkeeper Gerry Kennedy retains the number one jersey with three-time All-Star Brendan Cummins on the bench.

In what is a top of the table clash, Tipp will be gunning for their sixth win in nine league meetings with the Tribesmen since 1999.

Last year's NHL match between the two saw Galway triumph by 3-11 to 0-12 at Semple Stadium thanks to goals from Ger Farragher, David Tierney and Richie Murray.

TIPPERARY (NHL v Galway) - G Kennedy; E Buckley, P Curran, A Byrne; E Corcoran, C O'Mahony, B Dunne (capt); S Maher, S McGrath; T Scroope, D Egan, L Corbett; E Kelly, D O'Hanlon, P Kelly.

Subs: B Cummins, P Bourke, J Carroll, F Devanney, H Maloney, C O'Brien, R O'Dwyer, P Ormonde, W Ryan, T Stapleton, M Webster, J Woodlock.

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