LISTEN: Ciarán Carey – “Tipperary and Cork to make the semi finals”

From Eddie Brennan’s point of view it’s a huge scalp to get for Laois For Mattie Kenny, it’s his first year in charge of Dublin, they showed great promise.

Played exceptionally well in a few league games, and to be dumped out of the championship in that kind of fashion, I’d say he is very disappointed.

You have to take things one game at a time, especially with the format the way it is. You can’t look at opposition that is your second or third game.

You have to take every individual game on it’s own merits. There is always a lot of work done on how you play and prep yourself, but there is also a huge amount of work done on the opposition.

Sport is funny. It’s a great opportunity for Laois. They are not going to get a better chance to create another upset than this particular match against Tipperary. I have a feeling that Eddie Brennan smells that and will be driving that home to the players.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Preliminary Quarter-Final, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois 7/7/2019 Laois vs Dublin Laois’ manager Eddie Brennan celebrates with Ross King after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Tipperary should be too strong for them, but would I be surprised if Laois gave them buckets of it for the first half and ten minutes in the second half, I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

Cork are the one team that I think are capable of doing a fair bit of damage and also capable of derailing Limerick. 1-40. It’s been a long time since I heard of an inter county hurling team, irrespective of the opposition, scoring 40 points.

Their main boys were on top of their game and used it as a top class training session. They were always going to win the game, but to score 40 points is some going. They gave Westmeath some clipping.

I believe if they jump the fence against Kilkenny they are a serious outfit, but it’s a big jump and it’s a big fence. To be fair to Kilkenny too, you have to take your hat off to them.

They are still team building for the last four to five years. Still trying to find new players. I love their attitude. They were a small bit naïve against Wexford with their subs coming on so late. This game has the makings of a cracker. It’s a game that I am really looking forward to.

You have to fancy Tipperary in their game with Laois. Would I be majorly shocked if Laois pulled off a shock? I don’t think that I would. Tipperary’s experience should be enough to get them across the line.

Cork and Kilkenny is very hard to call, but I have liked the look of Cork this year and I’m going to stick with them to set up a semi final with Limerick.

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