Tipp await losers of Kilkenny-Dublin replay

The losers of the Leinster SHC semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Dublin will face Tipperary in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Tipp await losers of Kilkenny-Dublin replay

The losers of the Leinster SHC semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Dublin will face Tipperary in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

The draw for the All-Ireland phase 2 qualifiers was made live this morning on RTÉ Radio 1's 'Morning Ireland' programme, with losing Munster semi-finalists Clare and Tipperary paired up with Leinster opposition.

Clare will be favoured to progress after being drawn at home to a Laois team that has impressed in recent weeks - the midlanders beat Antrim and Carlow before giving Galway quite a test in their recent Leinster semi-final clash.

Clare finished eight points behind Cork in yesterday's Munster semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald was 'bitterly disappointed' with the result and said that his young side 'probably didn't do themselves justice'.

But the former goalkeeper is hopeful that better times lie ahead, insisting: "This is a long process. I've said that. People were trying to build them up to win Munsters and All-Irelands. You don't win them easily.

"It takes a bit doing. We'll just come back and we'll go again and we'll just try hard again. We will obviously come in for a bit of criticism and maybe rightly so.

"We can play a bit better. But I still have great time for these guys. They are a brilliant bunch of lads. I will defend them to the hilt.

"They will give it a go in the next round and if that is good enough fine, but if it isn't we'll just have to come back to try again next year. We'll keep trying, no fear of not."

Yesterday afternoon saw Dublin almost pull off the shock of the 2013 Championship as they were moments away from downing reigning All-Ireland champions Kilkenny. A late TJ Reid point secured a 1-14 to 0-17 draw for the Cats in Portlaoise.

The replay will take place next Saturday night at O'Moore Park (throw-in 7pm), and managers Brian Cody and Anthony Daly now know what lies ahead for their teams should they win or lose next weekend.

The winners of the replay will take on Galway in the Leinster final on Sunday, July 7, while the losers will be at home to Tipperary in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

The odds are stacked against Dublin reaching the provincial decider, especially given that Kilkenny have not lost a replay in 28 years, but Daly believes his charges have 'a great chance' of overcoming the Cats in the second game.

"We're right there. I think we proved a good bit to ourselves. People were seriously doubting us and the boys are going away very disappointed so, there is no one clapping anyone on the back," he said.

"I felt a big performance coming out of the boys. We'd be very disappointed with the way we hurled in the first half. We coughed up a lot of handy possession, I felt, and we were a bit silly with missed chances.

"There was a goal chance early on and a couple of things, but we just felt at half-time it wasn't over...that we were extremely fit and if we could push the boat out, we could hang in there. That's the gist of it."

The dates, venues and throw-in times for the two All-Ireland phase 2 qualifier matches will be confirmed later today. The games have been provisionally scheduled for Saturday, July 6.

ALL-IRELAND SHC PHASE 2 QUALIFIERS:

Clare v Laois

Losers of Dublin/Kilkenny v Tipperary

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