Crunch weekend in store
A crucial weekend in round five of the camogie championship lies in store as Tipperary take on Wexford at Donaghmore Ashbourne on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm, as part of a double header camogie fixture.
With semi-final spots up for grabs and the championship reaching an important juncture, Tipp manager John Lillis knows that this weekend’s tie is vitally important for his side’s All Ireland aspirations.
The Premier County fought out an engaging round four game with arch rivals Kilkenny last weekend, but came undone in the final quarter, as crucial goals from sharpshooters Michelle Quilty and Aoife Neary saw them collect the points.
Midfielder Jill Horan has been in fine form for Tipperary this season and her duel with Kate Kelly will be one to watch. Both have been in excellent scoring form and pose a major threat from their respective midfield berths. In addition to Horan, Tipperary will be relying upon their taliswoman Clare Grogan, teenage sensation Sarah Fryday along with Cora Hennessy to pick up points.
Wexford’s recent penchant for goals, hitting four in their last two outings will be of concern to manager John Lillis. Despite the champions sluggish start to the season, they have been building momentum coinciding with recent strong performances from All Stars Katrina Parrock, Una Leacy and Captain Ursula Jacob.
Manager JJ Doyle is expected to name an unchanged side for this weekend’s tie and with points at stake, nothing will be left to chance. In the remaining games, Cork travel to Birr to take on Offaly; Dublin entertain Galway while Clare face Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.