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Build Up: TIPPERARY vs CORK (The Six To Watch!)

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Posted by Darren Kelly in Features | May 2017

Munster Senior Hurling Championship – Sunday, 21st May – 4pm Semple Stadium

PADRAIC MAHER (Tipperary)

The recent Garda graduate has been the enforcer on the field during some of Tipperary’s best days. A two-time All-Ireland winner and four-time All-Star, he leads by example. Expect the county captain to be on plenty of ball snuffing out any Cork threat.

ALAN CADOGEN (Cork)

If Cork are going to enjoy improved fortunes in 2017, Cadogen will be key. The pacy corner forward is capable of doing serious damage with the right ball and was instrumental in UCC reaching the Fitzgibbon Cup finals weekend and scored the winning goal in the Munster League final.

JOHN McGRATH (Tipperary)

A minor All-Ireland winner in both codes, McGrath still plays club football for Loughmore/Castleiney. But he made a major impact in the 2017 hurling league including 2-2 against Wexford. Former manager Eamon O’Shea described him as “an absoutley top class corner forward.”

MARK COLEMAN (Cork)

Got some game time in the 2016 championship but Cork’s new wing back settled into the side during the league. A stand out player at under 21 level, the Rebels will be hoping he can go on to have a similar impact in the top flight.

NOEL McGRATH (Tipperary)

The fact that Noel McGrath is back playing is a testament to the man’s character and determination. After undergoing treatment for testicular cancer in 2015, he is back to his best typified by also scoring 2-2, like his brother, against Wexford.

ANTHONY NASH (Cork)

After seven years being understudy to Donal Og Cusack, Nash finally emerged from the shadows in 2012. Two All-Stars, a string of exceptional saves putting him up there with the best of a talented bunch of hurling goalkeepers this generation. And a defining impact with the ‘Nash’ rule.

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