By Joe Bracken
An unfavourable result against Kildare in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 last Saturday March 26th has turned the table on its head from a Tipperary perspective going into the final round against Sligo next Sunday. On a score line of 2-13 to 1-5 it was Tipperary’s heaviest defeat of this year’s league and a result which is completely uncharacteristic for the side that has competed excellently throughout the campaign.
Kildare win promotion trail to Division 2 while Limerick are relegated to Division 4. That means one more up and down has still to be decided. If Clare claim at least a draw against Kildare they would gain the second promotion spot, however if they lose, they will most certainly be joined on eight points as Longford, Offaly, Sligo and Tipperary are all on six points. If Westmeath who are on five points are defeated they would be relegated, however if they win they could jump ahead some of the counties currently on six points, so it is way too close to call.
Tipperary travel to meet Sligo in Markievicz Park at 2pm, knowing a win is a must to keep promotion hopes alive (depending on results elsewhere) and also to maintain their deserved position in Division 3 at least if promotion eludes them.
We send best wishes to the team and management for a successful outcome on Sunday. We wish also safe travelling to the team and supporters on the long trip west over the coming weekend.