Tipp boss O’Shea sticks with winning side for Dubs clash

Brendan Cummins: Former inter-county star still shining at club level in Tipperary.

Tipperary have named an unchanged line-up for Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final clash with Dublin this weekend.

It means the likes of Eoin Kelly and Jason Forde, who scored as substitutes in their big qualifier win over Offaly, have been held in reserve by boss Eamon O’Shea, along with Shane McGrath.

One man who won’t be involved for Tipp is Brendan Cummins. For just the fourth time since the 1990s, Tipperary have announced a Championship team not featuring him.

Yet the man who guarded Tipp goalmouths for nearly 20 years still has plenty to offer, if his latest set of impressive stats are anything to go by.

Deemed too influential a player to be left in goal by his club, Ballybacon-Grange, the 39-year old scored a brilliant 19 points in a recent club game from midfield.

The masterclass amounted to all but five of the holders’ scores in a crucial south Tipp intermediate club championship victory over Cahir.

Tipp football boss Peter Creedon has similarly named an unchanged side for tomorrow evening’s final round qualifier clash with Galway. However, opponents Galway have made four changes from the side that lost to Mayo in the Connacht final, starting in goal, where Tomas Healy makes his first Championship start. Joss Moore, Michael Martin and ex-Kildare forward James Kavanagh are also drafted in.

Sligo make no alterations for their football qualifier with Cork. Injury doubts Johnny Martyn, David Kelly, Pat Hughes and Brendan Egan are all included.

Meanwhile, the Limerick hurlers go with the same team that lost the Munster final to Cork, ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Wexford.

In minor hurling, Dublin have drafted in Tom Fox, Eoin Ó Conghaile and Eoghan Dunne for Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final with Waterford.

TIPPERARY (SHC v Dublin): D Gleeson; P Stapleton, P Maher, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, C Barrett; K Bergin, J Woodlock; G Ryan, P Maher, J O’Dwyer; N McGrath, S Callanan, L Corbett.

LIMERICK (SHC v Wexford): N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, S Hickey; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P Browne; D Hannon, D O’Grady, S Dowling; G Mulcahy, K Downes, D Breen.

SLIGO (SFC v Cork): A Devaney; R Donovan, J Martyn, N Ewing; C Harrison, B Egan, K Cawley; K McDonnell, A McIntyre; B Curran, J Hynes, P Hughes; M Breheny, A Marren, D Kelly.

TIPPERARY (SFC v Galway): P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd, C McDonald; C O’Riordan, R Kiely, G Mulhair; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; M Quinlivan, B Fox, P Acheson; C Sweeney, B Grogan, P Austin.

GALWAY (SFC v Tipperary): T Healy; D O’Neill, F Hanley, J Moore; G Bradshaw, G O’Donnell, P Varley; F O Curraoin, T Flynn; M Lundy, S Walsh, J Kavanagh; M Martin, P Conroy, D Cummins.

DUBLIN (MHC v Waterford): J Tracey; M McCallion, S Barrett, D Butler; T Fox, J Malone, P O’Dea; R McBride, E Conroy; S Ryan, E McHugh, E O Conghaile; E Dunne, C O’Callaghan, C Bennett.


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