Tipperary hurling great Eoin Kelly is well accustommed to playing in high-stakes matches with absorbing athmospheres..
Writing his featured article in association with PaddyPower, the former Mullinahone hurler urged the Premier County to travel in style to the All-Ireland semi-final in an effort to match Wexford’s rousing support base:
“Laois got to show that they’ve got a lot of fight and Tipperary’s supporters were outnumbered four or five to one by people from Laois.”
“If there’s any learning for me, it’s that Tipperary fans are going to have to get out and get behind the team on Sunday week. Wexford will bring 30,000 or even 35,000 to Croker for the semi-final. Having played in those types of games, it really drives on the team if you hear a big roar after a score. The Tipp supporters probably felt that they were always going to win the game, but the team are going to need them more than ever for the semi-final,” Kelly stated.
Just like with the Leinster final, a huge Wexford support base is expected to travel up to Croke Park to cheer on the Yellowbellies in their first All-Ireland semi-final appearance since 2007. A win against the Premier County would see Wexford back in the All-Ireland final, against either Kilkenny or Limerick.
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