Following their stirring victory against Offaly on Saturday in the first round of the 2012 Football Qualifiers for the All Ireland series, Tipperary have been drawn at home again.
Despite this the team has a difficult task against a good Wexford team that got knocked out at the semi-final stage of the Leinster championship against All Ireland Champions, Dublin, yesterday. Wexford were narrowly defeated in last year’s Leinster final, again by Dublin.
The game will be played on Saturday July 14th at 3pm in Semple Stadium, Thurles.
It will probably not be lost on Tipperary followers that games against Offaly and Wexford are generally of the hurling rather than football variety. In fact, Tipperary and Wexford haven’t met in Football Championship combat since the 1919 All-Ireland Final which Wexford won by a point. The team will be looking forward to the game in a very positive frame of mind after an excellent display against a fancied Offaly team.
Full draw announcement from TV3:
The draw for the second round of qualifiers was made live on TV3 this morning and undoubtedly the tie of the round is the meeting of Cavan and Kildare.
After fighting so hard to get away from the Breffni, Seanie Johnston will be possibly making his debut for Kildare at Breffni Park.
After accounting for Northern opposition in the first round of the Qualifiers, Roscommon have been handed a home tie against Tyrone. After coming through against Louth, Westmeath have been drawn at home against beaten Munster semi-finalists Kerry.
The first fixture out saw Antrim handed a home clash with Galway.
The full round draw is as follows , home team first:
Saturday July 14th
Roscommon v Tyrone – 2pm – Dr. Hyde Park
Antrim v Galway – 3pm – Casement Park
Tipperary v Wexford – 5pm – Semple Stadium
Leitrim v Wicklow – 6pm - Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada
Longford v Limerick – 7pm – Glennon Brother’s Pearse Park
Sunday July 15th
Westmeath v Kerry – 3pm – Cusack Park, Mullingar
Laois v Monaghan – 3pm – Portlaoise
Cavan v Kildare – 3pm – Kingspan Breffni Park