Tipperary make two changes for Clare clash

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy has made two changes to his team for Sunday's Munster SHC final against Clare at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 4pm).

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy has made two changes to his team for Sunday's Munster SHC final against Clare at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 4pm).

The two switches are in the Premier county's half-forward line with Pat Kerwick and John O'Brien preferred to Ryan O'Dwyer and Willie Ryan.

Both Kerwick and O'Brien impressed as substitutes in the 1-19 to 1-13 semi-final win over Cork last month. Kerwick will be making his first championship start this weekend.

Talented centre-back Conor O'Mahony have overcome a shoulder injury to retain his place in the National League champions' defence.

O'Mahony is the only player to start every one of Tipp's league and championship matches to date this year.

O'Brien's inclusion at left half-forward has pushed Seamus Butler into a corner forward slot, with Eoin Kelly, who top-scored with 1-07 against Cork, in the opposite corner.

Sunday's game will be the first Munster final to be played at the Gaelic Grounds since Limerick and Tipperary clashed at the venue in 1996.

It will also mark goalkeeper Brendan Cummins' 50th championship appearance for Tipp. He made his SHC bow against Waterford back in 1995.

TIPPERARY (SHC v Clare) - B Cummins; E Buckley, P Curran, C O'Brien; E Corcoran, C O'Mahony, S Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callinan, J O'Brien; E Kelly (capt), L Corbett, S Butler.

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