GAA: Tipperary face Longford in second round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers
Last Updated: 05/07/14 4:34pm
Paul Barden: Scored 1-2 in Longford's win over Derry in the previous round
Tipperary and Longford have both named unchanged teams for Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier at Semple Stadium.
The Premier County suffered late heartbreak in their Munster semi-final against Cork but their performance will have given them confidence of making progress through the back-door system.
Conor Sweeney, who scored 1-4 against the Rebels, continues at corner-forward with Paddy Codd captaining the side from full-back.
Longford caused the shock of the first round of the qualifiers when they defeated Derry at Celtic Park. Paul Barden starred for the Leinster side, scoring 1-2, and he continues at wing-forward against Tipp.
ALL-IRELAND SFC QUALIFIERS
Tipperary v Longford
Fellow stalwart Brian Kavanagh is named at full-forward with Kevin Diffley partnering Barry O’Farrell in midfield.
“After the Derry game the lads were happy and content in themselves because they knew they put in a huge performance,” said Longford manager Jack Sheedy. “They got their just rewards.
“That sometimes can improve your belief in what you are doing. I think that has helped the lads. There’s not a lot of time in between games. The lads have worked hard since the Derry game and we are hoping to build on that.”
The counties have met just once in the championship, with Longford winning a second-round qualifier at by 1-23 to 1-10 at Pearse Park in 2006.
Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; G Mulhair, P Codd, C McDonald; C O'Riordan, R Kiely, P Acheson; S O'Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, I Fahey, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, B Grogan.
Longford: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, F Battrim; C Smith, E Williams, S Mulligan; K Diffley, B O'Farrell; M Quinn, F McGee, P Barden; S McCormack, B Kavanagh, A Rowan.