Liam Kearns calls on supporters to come out in force as Tipperary prepare to face Cork

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Liam Kearns calls on supporters to come out in force as Tipperary prepare to face Cork

With your support Brian Fox and the Tipperary footballers can make a huge leap this weekend. Photo: Enda O’Sullivan

Manager Liam Kearns has called on blue and gold supporters to come out in force as the Tipperary team prepare to take on Cork in a Munster Senior Football Championship semi-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday, May 26th (throw-in 7pm).

The preparations of the Tipperary team have been hampered significantly by a Munster Council decision to ask Tipperary to face the Rebels just seven days after the Premier County saw off the challenge of Waterford (0-20 to 0-9) on Saturday, May 19th.

But with a place in the provicinal final up for grabs on June 23rd the Tipperary camp are eager to focus all of their attention on Cork this week - in 2017 the blue and gold lost a Munster semi-final to the Rebels in Cork (1-10 to 1-9), but beat Cork in a 2016 semi-final (3-15 to 2-16).

And, this week manager Liam Kearns has called on supporters to help make next Saturday a memorable day for Tipperary football: “The odds are stacked against us and we could do with all the support we can get. I ask as many Tipperary supporters as possible to turn up for the match and make as much noise as you can. The players have put in a huge effort and your support could be vital in determining the result of the match; you could be the difference and give us that little extra edge that we need”.

Meanwhile the chairman of the Tipperary Football Committee Barry O’ Brien echoed the sentiments of the Kerry man: “This game is one of the most important that Tipperary football has played in a long time with the winners being not only assured of a Munster final place, but are also one step away from the Super 8s. We appeal to as many Tipperary GAA supporters as possible to come to Semple Stadium on Saturday evening - bring all the colour you can and make as much noise as possible. The players have put in a monumental effort, not just in 2018, but over the last decade or so, to improve our standing in Gaelic football and they truly deserve massive support”.

Just 1,658 supporters turned out to support the Tipperary footballers against Waterford last weekend. Hopefully the Tipperary players will get the support that they wholeheartedly deserve this Saturday.

Ticket Information - adult pre-purchase: €15, adult match day: €20, under-16s: free, students and seniors will receive a €5 concession on full price tickets with valid ID prior to entry at the designated stile. Tickets are available for purchase via gaa.ie/tickets and participating Centra and Supervalu Outlets.

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