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Shane tries to justify Tipp flop

Shane and Michael reflect on Waterford securing their first championship win of the season as Tipperary suffered a maiden defeat

Shane and Michael reflect on Waterford securing their first championship win of the season as Tipperary suffered a maiden defeat.

We’re headed for an OurGame Clasico on Saturday June 17 when Offaly host Tipperary in a All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-final at O’Connor Park in Tullamore.

Birr native Michael Verney and Borrisoleigh man Shane Stapleton joked about the possibility of the match-up a couple of weeks ago, with the latter attempting to wind up his co-host.

“If it was offered to you now, would Offaly take a 15-point defeat to Tipperary,” Stapleton asked with a smirk.

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Verney was clearly unimpressed, and in Monday’s show dismissed the question when it was asked once again.

Stapleton spoke of Tipp’s struggles in defeat against Waterford, and reasoned that Lady Luck may actually have shone on Liam Cahill’s men.

Certainly, they were fortunate to qualify at all as Cork were just one point from eliminating the Premier, but now there’s a three-week break for Tipp.

With Cathal Barrett and Jake Morris absent on Sunday, there was a pace deficit in the team, with Stapleton speaking of how deep his county had to dig into their panel.

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Rather than facing into a bruising Munster final clash with Clare, they can now take stock for three weeks, perhaps get a number of players back, and find their groove once more against Offaly.

LIAM MacCARTHY CUP
LEINSTER

Round 1: April 22: Antrim 1-19 Dublin 1-19, Corrigan Park; Galway 0-24 Wexford 2-12, Pearse Stadium; Kilkenny 0-29 Westmeath 0-7, UPMC Nowlan Park.
Round 2: April 29: Wexford 1-30 Antrim 1-26, Chadwicks Wexford Park; Dublin 2-23 Westmeath 1-14, Parnell Park; April 30: Kilkenny 0-28 Galway 1-25, UPMC Nowlan Park.
Round 3: May 6: Dublin 1-22 Wexford 0-23, Croke Park; Galway 6-33 Westmeath 0-17, TEG Cusack Park; May 7: Kilkenny 5-31 Antrim 3-20 Corrigan Park.
Round 4: May 20: Kilkenny 0-27 Dublin 0-21, UPMC Nowlan Park; May 21: Galway 5-29 Antrim 1-22, Pearse Stadium; Westmeath 4-18, Wexford 2-22, Chadwicks Wexford Park.
Round 5: May 28: Wexford 4-23 Kilkenny 5-18, Chadwicks Wexford Park; Dublin 2-22  Galway 1-25, Croke Park; Westmeath 1-19 Antrim 4-24, TEG Cusack Park.

MUNSTER
Round 1: April 23: Limerick 1-18 Waterford 0-19, FBD Semple Stadium; Tipperary 5-22 Clare 3-23, Ennis.
Round 2: April 29: Clare 1-24 Limerick 2-20 TUS Gaelic Grounds; April 30: Cork 0-27 Waterford 0-18, Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Round 3: May 6: Cork 4-19 Tipperary 2-25, Pairc Ui Chaoimh; May 13: Clare 2-22 Waterford 0-16, FBD Semple Stadium.
Round 4: May 21: Clare 2-22 Cork 3-18, Ennis; Tipperary 0-25 Limerick 0-25, FBD Semple Stadium.
Round 5: May 28: Limerick 3-25 Cork 1-30, TUS Gaelic Grounds; Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 1-24, FBD Semple Stadium.
Final: June 11

JOE McDONAGH CUP
Round 1: Kerry 1-26 Down 1-14; Carlow 5-23 Kildare 0-19; Offaly 3-19 Laois 1-22.
Round 2: April 16: Laois 7-24 Down 0-14; Offaly 2-22 Kildare 3-11; Kerry 0-21 Carlow 0-21.
Round 3: April 22: Kerry 1-17 Kildare 0-14; Carlow 1-22 Laois 1-22; Offaly 1-26 Down 1-15.
Round 4: May 6/7: Offaly 1-24 Kerry 0-16; Laois 1-23 Kildare 0-11; Carlow 6-23 Down 0-28.
Round 5: May 13: Down 1-27 Kildare 3-13; Carlow 1-29 Offaly 0-14; Laois 4-23 Kerry 0-21
Final: May 27: Carlow 2-29 Offaly 1-31 AET, Croke Park

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