GAA weekend previews
Published 14/05/2011 | 05:00
(Extra-time if necessary)
Laois v Antrim, Portlaoise, 7.0,
A Kelly (Galway)
Antrim named four championship debutants for the trip to the midlands but are without the significant experience of Liam Watson, Johnny Campbell, PJ O'Connell and Cormac Donnelly, who are ruled out through injury.
Brian Campion and Ger Reddin are fit for Laois, who had four points to spare when the sides met in the league in March, but championship starters from last year such as Cahir Healy and Tommy Fitzgerald are out and those absences could hand Antrim a first ever Leinster championship victory.
Last championship meeting: Laois 0-18 Antrim 1-12 -- 2009 All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers round 1
Odds: Laois 6/5 Antrim 5/6 Draw 10/1
LAOIS -- P Mullaney; J A Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, B Galvin; J Walsh, S Burke; B Dunne, G Reddin, W Hyland; O Holohan, N Foyle, J Brophy.
ANTRIM -- C O'Connell; C McGuinness, A Graffin, K Molloy; N McAuley, M Herron, C Herron; P Shiels, B McFall; S McNaughton, K Stewart, J Black; C McCann, N McManus, K McKeegan.
Donegal v Down, Letterkenny, 3.30,
R Matthews (Antrim). Verdict: Down
Tyrone v Derry, Omagh, 3.30,
O Elliott (Antrim). Verdict: Derry
Fermanagh v Armagh, Brewster Park, 3.30, E Hasson (Derry). Verdict: Armagh
(Extra-time if necessary)
Laois v Louth, Portlaoise, 5.15. Verdict: Laois
Meath v Wexford, Navan, 3.0. Verdict: Meath
Longford v Dublin, Longford, 7.0. Verdict: Dublin
Offaly v Kildare, Tullamore, 7.0. Verdict: Offaly
Donegal v Down, Letterkenny, 1.45,
C Cunning. Verdict: Down
Tyrone v Derry, Omagh, 1.45
Fermanagh v Armagh,
Brewster Park, 1.45, J Clarke. Verdict: Armagh
Cavan v Monaghan, Breffni Park, 1.45.
Ulster SFC -- prelim round
Donegal v Antrim, Ballybofey, 3.30,
M Deegan (Laois). Live, RTE 2 / BBC 2
Antrim successfully raided Ballybofey in 2009, but the sides' respective Division 2 form points to a Donegal win this time. Kevin McGourty is out for Antrim, whose manager Liam 'Baker' Bradley turned up the heat on the Tir Chonaill men this week by suggesting they played "puke football".
Donegal have often flattered to deceive, but the vibes are that they will have a serious go at making an Ulster final. Manager Jim McGuinness has already secured a Division 2 title and seems to have his side on the crest of a wave, with the form of Colm McFadden and Michael Murphy likely to be enough to see them through.
Last championship meeting: Antrim 1-10 Donegal 0-12 -- 2009 Ulster SFC
Odds: Donegal 2/9 Antrim 5/1 Draw 9/1
ANTRIM -- S O'Neill; K O'Boyle, R Johnston, C Brady; T Scullion, J Crozier, A Healy; M McCann, A Gallagher; C Murray, T McCann, M Sweeney; P Cunningham, B Herron, K Niblock.
Donegal v Antrim, Ballybofey, 1.45,
N Cullen. Verdict: Donegal