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Bubbles is back as Tipp make 5 changes while Skehill starts in goal for Galway

The forward hasn’t played since picking up an injury against Cork in early February.

Tipperary's John O'Dwyer.
Tipperary's John O'Dwyer.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

LIAM SHEEDY HAS made five changes to the Tipperary team that beat Waterford in Thurles last weekend for Sunday’s trip to play Galway in Pearse Sadium, including a return for All-Star forward John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer, while Galway boss Shane O’Neill has taken the opposite approach.

The Tribesmen show just one change from their impressive win over Cork, with goalkeeper James Skehill starting ahead of Eanna Murphy.

Elsewhere as it’s as you were as O’Neill keeps faith with the team that beat Cork as Galway welcome the All-Ireland champions to Pearse Stadium.

That much-changed Tipperary team includes a debut in the full-back line for Kilsheelan-Kilcash man Paul Maher. Maher comes in at corner-back for Cathal Barret, who was one of three players sent-off during the Waterford game.

Alongside Maher, Barry Heffernan moves into full-back with Alan Flynn continuing at left-corner back.

Séamus Kennedy is named in the half-back line alongside Padraic Maher and Ronan Maher, while there’s a first league start of the season for Ger Browne, who comes into the team at midfield to partner Noel McGrath. 

Jason Forde, John McGrath and Dillon Quirke all keep their places and line-out in the half-forward line, while O’Dwyer and Cian Darcy come in to start alongside full-forward and captain, Seamus Callanan. 

Tipp team The Tipperary team named to play Galway on Sunday.

O’Dwyer returns to the Tipperary team for the first time since being stretchered off in a neck brace during the defeat to Cork at the start of February.

A draw on Sunday would be enough for All-Ireland champions Tipperary to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Galway

1. James Skehill    

2. Darren Morrissey   
3. Gearoid McInerney
4. Sean Loftus

5. Pádraic Mannion
6. Shane Cooney
7. Fintan Burke

8. Adrian Touhey
9. Aidan Harte

10. Cathal Mannion
11. Niall Burke
12. Jason Flynn

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13. Conor Cooney
14. Conor Whelan
15. Brian Concannon

Subs

16. Eanna Murphy – Tommy Larkins
17. Paul Killeen (Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry)
18. Ronan Burke (Turloughmore)
19. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore)
20. Johnny Coan (Loughrea)
21. David Burke (St Thomas’)
22. Conor Walsh (Turloughmore)
23. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)
24. Kevin Cooney (Sarsfields)
25. Jack Grealish (Gort)
26. Jarlath Mannion (Cappataggle)

Tipperary

1. Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha

2. Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
3. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
4. Alan Flynn – Kiladangan

5. Séamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
6. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields

8. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
9. Ger Browne – Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams

10. Jason Forde – Silvermines
11. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
12. Dillon Quirke – Clonoulty-Rossmore

13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Séamus Callanan (Capt.) – Drom-Inch
15. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs

Subs

16. Barry Hogan – Kiladangan
17. Michael Breen – Ballina
18. Robert Byrne – Portroe
19. Paddy Cadell – JK Brackens
20. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
21. Paul Flynn – Kiladangan
22. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
23. Brian McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
24. Craig Morgan – Kilruane MacDonaghs
25. Seán O’Brien – Newport
26. Bryan O’Mara – Holycross-Ballycahill

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