Sunday 21st May 2023
Down travel to Tipperary for the second time this year as they search for their second win in the group stage of the Tailteann Cup.
Having overcome Waterford with a relative degree of comfort in the end in Newry another victory this week would mathematically ensure qualification and mean the final group game against Meath would be primarily to determine group placings.
Earlier this year Down went to Tipperary in the opening game of the Allianz League and came away with a three point win on a final scoreline of 2-11 - 1-11. After controlling the first half Down led by seven at the break that night but Tipperary refused to lie down and could have taken something from the game in the end. Pat Havern top scored for Down that night with 1-4 and he also registered 0-5 last weekend in Down’s win over Waterford.
The indications from last week suggest that Conor Laverty will be giving a number of players chances to prove themselves in this competition and Sunday’s game presents another opportunity for players to show what they are capable of.
Tipperary were beaten by Meath last Saturday (1-19 - 0-11) with only two of their starting forwardline registering on the scoresheet. After a tight first half hour Meath were able to pull away and ultimately proved far too strong for Tipp. Down will be hoping they can achieve a similar result against the Premier County this time out.