Ma­her the sole Premier change for fi­nal clash

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Michael Ryan has made one change to the Tip­per­ary side to take on Kilkenny in to­mor­row’s Al­lianz League Fi­nal at Nowlan Park.

For­mer cap­tain Bren­dan Ma­her re­turns to his cus­tom­ary mid­field po­si­tion with Thomas Hamill drop­ping to the bench.

Ro­nan Ma­her, who has starred at mid­field for much of Tipp’s league cam­paign, re­verts to the half­back line, tak­ing Hamill’s place at left wing­back rather than his old po­si­tion at cen­tre-back.

Ro­nan’s brother Padraic re­mains in the cen­tre-back po­si­tion.

Ma­her starts in mid­field along­side St Mary’s Sea­mus Kennedy.

Tipp’s at­tack­ing sex­tet re­mains the same as in the semi-fi­nal win over Lim­er­ick, mean­ing John O’dwyer must again be con­tent with a place on the bench.

Noel Mcgrath has not been deemed fit enough to re­turn to the Tipp panel.

Alan Mur­phy re­places the in­jured Ger Ayl­ward (ham­string) in the the only change to the Kilkenny team from the semi-fi­nal win over Wex­ford.

TIP­PER­ARY: Daragh Mooney; Alan Flynn, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Barry Hef­fer­nan, Padraic Ma­her, Ro­nan Ma­her; Bren­dan Ma­her, Sea­mus Kennedy; Sean Cur­ran, Billy Mccarthy, John Mcgrath; Michael Breen, Ja­son Forde, Wil­lie Con­nors.

Subs: Brian Ho­gan, Cathal Bar­rett, Ger Browne, Cian Darcy, Paudie Fee­han, To­mas Hamill, Don­agh Ma­her, Paul Ma­her, Sean O’brien, John O’dwyer, Mark Rus­sell.

KILKENNY: Eoin Mur­phy, Joey Holden, Pádraig Walsh, Paddy Dee­gan, Conor De­laney, Cil­lian Buck­ley, Enda Mor­ris­sey, Richie Leahy, James Ma­her, Martin Keoghan, TJ Reid, John Don­nelly, Bill Shee­han, Wal­ter Walsh, Alan Mur­phy.

SUBS: Dar­ren Bren­nan, Conor O’shea, Robert Len­non, Conor Browne,

Lester Ryan, Conor Fog­a­rty, Liam Blanch­field, Pat Lyng, Luke Scan­lon, Conor Martin, Richie Reid

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