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Munster MFC: Tipp, Kerry name sides for decider

John McGrath is ruled out by a shoulder injury as Tipperary look to claim back-to-back provincial crowns on Sunday.

Tipp's Philip Quirke celebrates his goal against Cork in the Munster MFC semi-final.
Tipp's Philip Quirke celebrates his goal against Cork in the Munster MFC semi-final.
Image: ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

DAVID POWER HAS made two changes as the Tipperary minor footballers look to claim back-to-back Munster crowns when they face Kerry in Sunday’s curtain-raiser at the Gaelic Grounds.

The Premier ran out seven-point winners when the sides met in the first round in April but Kerry have battled back to reach the decider with three wins on the bounce against Waterford, Limerick and Clare.

Tom Kirwin and Ian Fahey both return to the Tipp starting line-up in place of Jack Shelley and the injured John McGrath. McGrath’s failure to recover from a shoulder problem sees Philip Quirke push up to the full-forward line with Fahey slotting into midfield alongside Steven O’Brien.

Meanwhile, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan changes three from the Kerry side which had a four-point win over Clare in the semi-finals.

Jack Barry is given the nod at centre-back in place of Ronan Murphy who broke his hand in a club game for Beaufort, while David Foran and Niall Sheehy are preferred in a forward reshuffle which sees Darragh Carmody and Denis Daly drop to the bench.

Captain Eanna Ó Conchúir is named in midfield despite injury doubts.

Throw in at the Gaelic Grounds is at 12 noon on Sunday.

Tipperary: Evan Comerford; Darren Cass, James Feehan, Lorcan Egan; Kevin Fahey, Dylan Fitzelle (c), Bill Maher; Steven O’Brien, Ian Fahey; Jason Lonergan, John Martin, Greg Henry; Colman Kennedy, Philip Quirke, Tom Kirwan.
Kerry: Gavin Curran; Cathal Ó Lúing, Gavin Crowley, Shane O’Connor; Brian Crowley, Jack Barry, Greg Horan; Eanna Ó Conchúir (c), Kieran Murphy; David Foran, Jack Savage, Cillian Fitzgerald; Gavin O’Shea, Niall Sheehy, Conor Keane.

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