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Tipperary face a depleted Waterford side

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Michael Ryan has had a difficult year throughout 2018 in terms of injuries. He began with the knowledge that Seamus Callanan was unavailable for the entire league. Niall O'Meara was injured against Kilkenny in the round robin stage of the Allianz League and has since made just a number of cameo appearances for his county. Patrick Bonner Maher was another casualty while there were niggling bits and bobs with Michael Cahill and Brendan Maher while latest casualty sees Michael Breen out for the remainder of the Munster championship round robin games having injured his ankle in a sprint session days before the Cork game.
“We are waiting on a proper diagnosis. He got a very unfortunate injury and actually he was picked on the team last Thursday," said Michael Ryan.
Ryan hopes Cathal Barrett would be match fit for the panel next Sunday. Niall O'Meara is another ready to face some action while Ryan was glad to see Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher get some action last Sunday.
"To get Seamie Callanan almost a whole match was good for us. We didn't think he would," added the Upperchurch man.
Contrast with Waterford who after their defeat to Clare last Sunday the injury worries have increased three fold.
The fall-out from the Clare game in Ennis is alarming with Tadhg de Burca and Barry Coughlan sustaining a broken collarbone and hand respectively. Darragh Fives is also expected to miss the remainder of the provincial campaign with a calf problem while four other key men are struggling including Noel Connors (back injury) and Maurice Shanahan (groin).
This is in addition to the serious injuries acquired to Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony. Both missed the Clare game. And while the injury worries are a concern the Suirsiders are not going to contest a proposed one-match suspension for Kevin Moran, who was sent off on Sunday.
But back to Tipperary who had they lost to Cork last Sunday, their chances of progressing would have been almost as desperate as that of the Deise.
Tipperary manager Michael Ryan explained last Sunday after the draw with Cork. "It was a horrible first half for us. Cork were all over us and left us chasing shadows all over Semple Stadium. We were in dire straits and they had answers for questions we didn't even ask," said Ryan.
The half time dressing room must have been a difficult place to be for a Tipp player?
“We weren't at least happy at half time. The bucket was holed everywhere."
John Meyler on the other hand was down at the other end of the corridor under the Kinane Stand. He admitted he was not one bit surprised at how Tipp reacted after half time
“They have been in a few All-Ireland finals over the last few years, National Hurling League finals, their pride was dented by Limerick so they were really coming up for a cut. If you said to me a couple of weeks ago that we would have three points by four o'clock today I would have been very happy.
Looking ahead to next Sunday the Tipp manager isn't taking anything for granted as his team takes on Waterford in a bottom of the table clash.
“Things need to turn around for Tipp. We had a tough time and results haven't gone our way lately. We deliberately got those two fellas (Jake Morris and Ger Browne) out on the field because you could not buy the experience of playing out there. The players that played against Limerick but didn't play today haven't gone away. They are still fighting and that's what we want. We have a really good fighting chance in this championship yet," said Ryan.
43 Championship Games
There have been 43 championship games between Tipperary and Waterford. Tipp are firmly in command on 32 wins (along with walkovers in 1889, 1895 and 1922), while Waterford have 10 victories. There was one draw in 1933.
The last championship meeting between the sides was the 2016 Munster Final also in the Gaelic Grounds as Tipperary stormed to victory in an unforgettable year for the county.
The games since 2000 resulted as follows -
28/5/2000: Páirc Uí Chaoimh - Munster Q/F Tipperary 0-17 Waterford 0-14;
30/6/2002: Páirc Uí Chaoimh -Munster Final Waterford 2-23 Tipperary 3-12;
06/6/2004: Páirc Uí Chaoimh - Munster S/F Waterford 4-10 Tipperary 3-12;
04/6/2006: Páirc Uí Chaoimh - Munster S/F Tipperary 3-14 Waterford 1-12;
23/7/2006: Croke Park - All Ireland Q/F Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13;
17/8/2008: Croke Park - All Ireland S/F Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18;
12/7/2009: Semple Stadium - Munster Final Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16;
15/8/2010: Croke Park - All Ireland S/F Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18;
10/7/2011: Páirc Uí Chaoimh - Munster Final Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19;
15/7/2012: Páirc Uí Chaoimh - Munster Final Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16;
12/7/2015: Semple Stadium - Munster Final Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16
10/7/2016: Gaelic Grounds - Munster Final Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13.
Tipperary 8 Waterford 4

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