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Tuesday 14 August 2018

JBM's Rebel renaissance can gain momentum with Tribes scalp

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 1B

CORK v GALWAY

(Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Tomorrow, 12.45, Live TG4)

TWO good results thus far from Cork but a shock this week with the departure of Ben O'Connor. His untimely retirement leaves just the 'Ógies' -- Seán Óg and Donal Óg -- from the 1999 vintage which Jimmy Barry Murphy first led to the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

Still, the early signs of the new generation are entirely positive. Whatever about the much-vaunted Conor Lehane, the likes of William Egan, Lorcán McLoughlin and Jamie Coughlan all made positive impressions from the bench against Dublin a week ago and the trio are all promoted to starting berths for Galway's visit.

Anthony Cunnigham, pictured right, (we'll assume he'll be there and not still celebrating a potential Garrycastle All-Ireland win on Saturday night) calls in Johnny Coen and Andy Smyth from the side which lost to Tipperary.

ODDS: Cork 8/11, Draw 9/1, Galway 11/8.

VERDICT: Cork.

TIPPERARY v WATERFORD

(Thurles,Tomorrow, 2.30)

JOHN Mullane's declaration that he will be back available to Michael Ryan next weekend and the likely return of Eoin Kelly will have been music to the suffering ears of Déise fans this week.

As it is, they're still likely to be in a relegation play-off ... but you'd fancy their chances of winning it much better if they had their two blue-chip forwards in tow.

Darren Glesson takes over in goal for Brendan Cummins in the starting line-up while Johnny Ryan makes his debut at the expense of Shane McGrath.

ODDS: Tipperary 1/7, Draw 14/1, Waterford 5/1.

VERDICT: Tipperary.

DIVISION 1B

LAOIS v CLARE

(Portlaoise ,Tomorrow, 12.45)

DAVY Fitz's brigade are setting the agenda in hurling's second tier just now and look in fairly ominous form -- even after just two games.

Laois are suffering from the opposite affliction and should find the Banner's backline (an average of just 14 points conceded per game) too stingy for their attacking resources.

ODDS: Laois 9/1, Draw Draw 20/1, Clare 1/25.

VERDICT: Clare.

OFFALY v ANTRIM

(Tullamore, Tomorrow, 2.30)

ORDINARILY, you would say Offaly should take the spoils here but these aren't ordinary times with the Faithful.

How they react to last Sunday's shocking mugging from Wexford when they conceded 3-1 without reply to lose by a point could define how the rest of the spring pans out.

ODDS: Offaly 1/5, Draw Draw 12/1, Antrim 4/1.

VERDICT: Offaly.

WEXFORD v LIMERICK

(Wexford Park, Tomorrow, 2.30)

SMASHING and grabbing exploits of a week ago be damned!

Liam Dunne has decided to shake it up anyway, bringing in seasoned campaigners like Keith Rossiter, Jim Berry, Darren Stamp, Rory Jacob and Stephen Banville.

They're unlikely to be sufficient, though.

ODDS: Wexford 7/4, Draw 9/1, Limerick 8/15.

VERDICT: Limerick.

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