Tipp SHC final to be a tight affair

October 19, 2018

Semple Stadium, Thurles will play host to the Leinster SHC final replay between Galway and Kilkenny on Sunday.
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This Sunday’s Tipperary senior hurling championship final between Nenagh Eire Og and Clonoulty-Rossmore will be a close contest, according to both team managers.

A novel final is in store as the sides have broken the dominance of the likes of Thurles Sarsfields and the outcome is very much in the balance.

Speaking to the Tipperary Star both Nenagh manager John Fitzgerald and Clonoulty-Rossmore counterpart John Devane feel that it is going to be a tight affair.

“It’s a county final, a big game and there won’t be more than a puck of the ball in it. We thought Clonoulty-Rossmore were very good, well drilled and the way they are performing doesn’t just happen,” said Fitzgerald.

“But all we can do is go back, concentrate on our own performance and try and bring that to the final.”

Devane added: “Nenagh have gone through the county championships undefeated - they are a serious team. We took them on in the Ragg two months ago now and we know the ball players they have. The space of Thurles suits them and they use the ball to the best of their ability. If we don’t close down Nenagh they have the forwards who can do the damage to us.

“We take each game as it comes. We started out against Mullinahone in Bansha and you just want to win. It will be no different on Sunday and it will be a tough assignment because Nenagh will be the same.”

Be sure to follow the hoganstand.com match tracker on Sunday afternoon for live updates from the club championships.

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