NFL Division 3 South- Round Two Preview
By Eoin Horkan
NFL Division 3 South
Offaly vs Limerick
Saturday 22nd May 3pm
Bord Na Mona O’ Connor Park Tullamore
This Saturday sees the two winners of the opening round of league games clash in Tullamore.
Limerick will be on a high travelling to the midlands after getting the better of last year’s Munster champions Tipperary. In comparison Offaly came away from Aughrim with a hard-fought victory.
Billy Lee will be looking to the sharp shooters of Hugh Bourke and Danny Neville to pave the way for his side to get another win in this division which they have just been newly promoted too.
Lee was lucky enough to get half of a game into last year’s star man Iain Corbett who should now be fully fit for this second game. With Corbett at the heart of the defence Lee will be confident of another win.
The evergreen John Maughan side is full of a lot of hard workers which one would have seen if they had seen how, they eked out a victory against Wicklow.
Captain Niall Darby anchors Offaly's defence very well. The Carroll brothers are starting to gain experience for the side and having the Niall and Ruarí McNamee still soldering for the side especially with Niall coming off the bench could have a major say for the midlanders at home in this tie.
NFL Division 3 South
Tipperary Vs Wicklow
Time: 4: 30
Location Semple Stadium Thurles
TV Channel: GAA GO
This Saturday we will see last year’s Munster champion’s go up against Wicklow in the 2nd round of games in the NFL Division 3 South.
Both sides are coming off opening day defeats against Limerick and Offaly, respectively.
Davy Burke and his charges will be hoping to get more out of there full forward Seanie Furlong who on his day would trouble any defence in the country. Furlong was kept scoreless in last week’s game as Offaly played two sweepers in front of him to curtail his threat.
Youngsters Andy Maher and Conor Byrne were to the fore last weekend. Burke and his management will hope these lads can keep up their great form along with their experienced players who need to step there game up if they want to stay in the division that they just got promoted too.
Munster champions Tipp will be looking to bounce back from what was a disappointing result last week.
Unfortunately, Tipp will be without powerhouse of a wing back Robbie Kiely for the rest of the season as he suffered a major tear in his hamstring last week.
David Power will yet again be looking to last year’s All- Star Conor Sweeney to carry be their main scorer in chief. If he has his companion from last season Michael Quinlivan beside him in the forward line it will be very difficult for any team to stop them.