Donagh Maher to debut for Tipp

Donagh Maher will start for Tipperary against Limerick on Sunday, making his Championship bow barely four months after he first played senior hurling for the county.

Donagh Maher will start for Tipperary against Limerick on Sunday, making his Championship bow barely four months after he first played senior hurling for the county.

The Burgess clubman has risen up the ranks since featuring in this year's Waterford Crystal Cup and then the Allianz League.

Maher, 23, will combine with captain Paul Curran and Michael Cahill to form Tipp's full-back line for the Munster SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium (throw-in 4pm).

The 22-year-old Brian O'Meara has held onto the full-forward spot. The Kilruane MacDonaghs clubman started there in the Division 1 semi-final defeat to Cork last month, but this time a fit-again Eoin Kelly will flank him rather than Shane Bourke.

As anticipated Lar Corbett, who recently returned to the Tipp panel, is missing from the starting line-up but manager Declan Ryan may yet use him as a substitute depending on his fitness.

Ryan's men are bidding to retain the Munster title this summer. If they manage to do so, it would be Tipp's 40th provincial success and a considerable boost after an up-and-down league campaign.

TIPPERARY (SHC v Limerick): Brendan Cummins; Donagh Maher, Paul Curran (capt), Michael Cahill; Thomas Stapleton, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; James Woodlock, Brendan Maher; Gearóid Ryan, Noel McGrath, Pa Bourke; Eoin Kelly, Brian O’Meara, John O’Brien.

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