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GAA: Galway And Tipp Set To Battle It Out

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All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 4A

Galway v Tipperary

This will be one of the most interesting games of this year’s championship. Tipperary have improved immensely since last season and with their young talented players coming through they will most certainly be a handful for any county. Galway are also improving and although they lost to a very strong Mayo outfit they are on the right road.

This will be a fully open game of football with both sides having unique characteristics. Galway will need to focus on dominating possession around the middle of the field which seems to be their strongest area of the pitch with Fiontáin Ó Curraoin being their key figure. Tipperary have an abundance of forwards that can cause severe damage to any defence including players like Peter Acheson and Barry Grogan. This will be a very close game and it will be very hard to say who will come out on top, but I think Tipperary’s momentum through the qualifiers and with a strong set of forwards at their disposal that they could come through it. I wouldn’t rule out Galway either as they will certain be well prepared to establish themselves through midfield.

Verdict: Narrow win for Tipperary

Cork v Sligo

Cork have yet to find any form since their mixed league campaign and were lucky to come out winners against an ever improving Tipperary side in the Munster Championship. This is a great opportunity for the rebels to put things right before the All-Ireland Quarter finals. Sligo will certainly have to improve massively and really expect a fierce battle. Sligo will need to make plenty of space for their forwards including Adrian Marren and David Kelly to get scores. Cork will certainly need to find some inspiration very quickly otherwise they will be knocked out of the championship. Having stated this Cork are still a vastly more experienced side than Sligo and if they can play to their potential they will likely come on out on top.

Verdict: Cork

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