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Published 14/01/2012 | 05:00

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(Extra-time if necessary)

Dublin v UCD, 7.45, Parnell Park,

F Kelly (Longford)

Mossie Quinn and newcomer Michael McCarthy laid down an early-season marker in Dublin's seven-point defeat of Carlow, but UCD, led by Donie Kingston and Lorcan Smith, have already taken Laois' scalp.

Verdict: Dublin

UUJ v Derry, Celtic Park, 6.0,

S McNamee (Tyrone)

A late show from Antrim's CJ McGourty propelled the students to a surprise victory over Donegal last weekend, but he was well supported by Ciaran Clarke. Derry were involved in one of the games of the weekend when they edged out Cavan, with Niall Holly landing the winner, but he is due to undergo ankle surgery soon.

Verdict: UUJ

NUI Galway v London, 6.30,

Ballyforan, J Molloy

The students, led by Mayo's Neil Douglas and Leitrim's Shane Moran and managed by John Maughan, are unbeaten to date and victory against winless London would leave them in pole position to make the final.

Verdict: NUIG

(All 2.0, extra-time if necessary)

Meath v Louth, Navan,

S Carroll (Westmeath)

New full-forward Tom Walsh impressed in Meath's three-point victory over Wexford. After getting a walkover from Kilkenny, Louth give debuts to Dwane Crosby, David Collier, Cathal Bellew, Eoin O'Connor and Ronan Holcroft and now have Brian McEniff as a selector.

Verdict: Meath

Longford v DCU, Ballymahon,

D Maher (Westmeath)

Dean Rock, Barney's son, kicked 0-9 (6f) when DCU pipped Wicklow by a point last week, despite being reduced to 13 men, but they conceded 1-14, so Longford, who edged Athlone IT in their opener, should give them a rattle.

Verdict: DCU

Kildare v Offaly, Newbridge,

D Gough (Meath)

The Lilies conceded just one point from play to DIT and, even without John Doyle, they are the closest county team to full strength at present. Offaly seem revitalised by their new management and contained Westmeath to 0-7 first day out.

Verdict: Kildare

(All 2.0, extra-time if necessary)

Westmeath v DIT, Kinnegad,

N Hand (Louth)

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea and Alan Freeman lead the DIT attack, but neither side got out of single figures last week and Westmeath are still without the Garrycastle contingent.

Verdict: DIT

Carlow v Laois, Carlow,

G Whelan (Wicklow)

Justin McNulty gave debuts to seven players in last week's four-point defeat by UCD, while Carlow gave a decent account of themselves, but couldn't match Dublin's bench strength.

Verdict: Carlow

Wicklow v Athlone IT, Baltinglass,

R Malone (Dublin)

Both lost by just a point last week to DCU and Longford respectively and Wicklow scored 1-14 so home advantage should swing it.

Verdict: Wicklow

(All 2.0 unless stated)

Galway v London, 1.0, Ballinasloe, O Kelly

Defeat by NUIG last week will have hurt Galway badly, while London, first-time entrants, will be playing their second game in 48 hours for the second weekend running and are likely to keep running their bench.

Verdict: Galway

Leitrim v Roscommon, Ballinamore, Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Only two points in the second half was a bad return for Leitrim's decent effort against Mayo. Roscommon, for whom U-21 Colin Compton impressed at full-forward, let a lead slip to draw with GMIT and there's everything to play for.

Verdict: Roscommon

Mayo v GMIT, Ballinrobe,

TJ Keaveney (Sligo)

Victory over Leitrim leaves Mayo leading their group with Conor Mortimer impressing on his comeback, but GMIT, led by Galway's Johnny Ryan, put Roscommon to the pin of their collar when sharing the points last week.

Verdict: Mayo

Sligo v IT Sligo, Enniscrone,

V Neary (Mayo)

Sligo IT, led by Donegal's Mark McHugh and Leitrim's Adrian Croal, could technically still catch NUIG if they won this and beat them in the last round, but that's a very long shot.

Verdict: IT Sligo

(All 2.0, extra-time if necessary)

Cork v Clare, Pairc Ui Rinn,

M Condon (Waterford)

Clare kicked 18 points, including 13 from play, to see off University of Limerick with Gary Brennan kicking four points. Cork have used this competition to give fringe players some game time, but Colm O'Neill, who missed last year's championship due to a knee injury, is expected to feature, while Conor Counihan also hands out four debuts.

Verdict: Cork

Limerick v UCC, Rathkeale,

D O'Mahony (Tipperary)

Both sides are making their competitive debuts for 2012 and, as such, remain unknown quantities, with Limerick boss Maurice Horan handing out debuts to wing-back Eoin Barry, the half-forward line of Darragh Treacy, Mike Quilligan and Phillip Maloney and full-forward Dinny Ahern. Reigning Cork county champions UCC will provide a stern test.

Verdict: Limerick

Cork IT v IT Tralee, CIT Grounds,

R Maloney (Limerick)

Barry O'Hare and Alan O'Donoghue led the scoring for the Kerry students as they turned over Waterford thanks to an impressive 2-14 haul. Cork IT were granted a bye in the first round, but are 20/1 outsiders for the Sigerson Cup, with IT Tralee priced at 66/1.

Verdict: Cork IT

Tipperary v Waterford IT, Clonmel,

M Collins (Cork)

Waterford IT have never won a game in the McGrath Cup, while Tipperary saw off Limerick IT last weekend. Last year's minor All-Ireland-winning minor full-forward Michael Quinlivan was one of four debutants and they should have too much for the students once more.

Verdict: Tipperary

(All 2.0)

Antrim v Tyrone, Casement Park,

C Branagan (Down)

Conor Clarke, Ronan McNamee, Stephen McNulty and Peter Hughes have been handed debuts by Tyrone boss Mickey Harte, while Johnny Lafferty, who made his senior bow last weekend in the win over Queen's, retains his place in attack. An experimental Antrim went down to Tyrone, but they have Michael McCann available after he was sent off for two yellow cards in that game.

Verdict: Tyrone

Fermanagh v Queen's, Brewster Park.

Game two of Peter Canavan's reign as Fermanagh boss. Seamus Quigley stole the show in their opening win over Antrim with his haul of 1-8, but Canavan insisted this week his side wouldn't get carried away as Queen's were in contention against Tyrone last weekend until the final quarter.

Verdict: Fermanagh

Monaghan v Down, Clones,

B Cassidy (Derry)

Monaghan pulled away in the last 10 minutes in their win over St Mary's, despite being without a host of regulars. Down were too strong in the end for an inexperienced Armagh, with Danny Hughes in exceptional form and they look in good shape already.

Verdict: Down

Cavan v Donegal, Kingspan

Breffni Park, C Reynolds

Donegal's reversal at the hands of UU Jordanstown was the big surprise of the opening weekend's action, but Neil Gallagher is available as his sending-off came after two yellow cards. A new-look Cavan lost to 14-man Derry by a point last weekend, but expect Jim McGuinness' men to bounce back.

Verdict: Donegal

Armagh v St Mary's, Morgan Athletic Grounds, G Walsh (Down)

After last weekend's eight-point defeat to Down, Paddy O'Rourke conceded that he may have thrown too many of his inexperienced players in together at the same time, but the likes of Stefan Campbell showed up well. St Mary's found Monaghan too hot to handle and are in for a similar experience here.

Verdict: Armagh

Cliona Foley and Donnchadh Boyle

Irish Independent

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