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Published 22/01/2011 | 05:00

All Ireland club JHC quarter-finals

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Fullen Gaels (Lancashire) v Meelin (Cork), Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham, 1.0, R Mathews (Antrim)

Meelin's 14-point win over Tipp junior champions St Patrick's was eye-catching, with Eoin Brosnan hitting 1-7. After what happened Parke of Mayo in the football equivalent last weekend, Meelin won't want to be complacent, but they've already scored 7-33 in two games.

Verdict: Meelin

O'Byrne Shield semi-finals (SF)

Dublin v Offaly, Parnell Park, 2.30, J Curley (Meath)

Even without Bernard Brogan for the first 50 minutes, Dublin cracked 6-10 past Wexford last week and U-21 defender Sean Murray and Kevin McManamon are impressing in pre-season. Offaly should put up a better fight but without the Rhode lads they are lacking firepower.

Verdict: Dublin.

Meath v Laois, N Ward (Westmeath)

Postponed to Tuesday, Navan, 7.30

Walsh Shield (sh)

Westmeath v Carlow, St Loman's, Mullingar, 7.0, S Cleere (Kilkenny)

Carlow were well off the pace against DIT last time out. They have been hit badly by retirements and emigration this year, losing star man Seamus Murphy, and they had an inauspicious loss to DIT last week so arch-rivals Westmeath, who lost to Antrim after losing Brian Smyth to injury, could take first blood this season.

Verdict: Westmeath

Offaly v UCD, Banagher, 1.0, A Stapleton (Laois)

With the Fitzgibbon around the corner, the students are further along in their preparations than Joe Dooley's men. Both lost, to NUIG and Laois respectively, last week, but UCD, with Tipp star Noel McGrath, Dublin's Oisin Gough and Kilkenny's Sean Cummins, still scored 2-14 and should be sharper at this stage of the season.

Verdict: UCD

McKenna Cup (sf)

UUJ v Fermanagh, Brewster Park, 7.0, P Hughes (Armagh)

Like Tyrone, Fermanagh still haven't kicked a ball in anger, while UUJ lost to Donegal in the only game played in Group A so far.

Verdict: UUJ.

Queens v Cavan, Breffni Park 3G pitch, 7.0, E McHugh (Tyrone)

After beating Monaghan, Queens come off a mid-week pasting by Derry, while Cavan only lost to Derry by two points in their only game so far.

Verdict: Cavan.

St Mary's v Down, Newry, 7.0, D Helferty (Monaghan)

After getting pipped by Armagh, Down drew with Antrim mid-week and that proved costly as James Colgan got a straight red. St Mary's lost heavily to Antrim in their only game so far.

Verdict: Down.

Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-finals (sh)

Clare v Limerick IT, Sixmilebridge, 1.0, D Copps (Cork)

Understrength Clare struggled to put IT Tralee away last week and won't have Caimin Morey to save them this week against a LIT side that features Tipp star Seamus Callanan, Clare's Sean Collins and is managed by Davy Fitzgerald (right). Verdict: Limerick IT

Waterford IT v UL, 7.30, Gaelic Grounds, D Kirwan (Cork)

A mouthwatering rerun of last year's Fitzgibbon semi-final which the Waterford college won. They feature Timmy Hammersley, Cathal Parlon, Brian O'Meara, Noel Connors and Shane Fives and took the scalp of the admittedly rusty reigning All-Ireland champs Tipp last week.

Verdict: Waterford IT.

Waterford v CIT, Walsh Park, 2.0, T Ryan (Tipperary)

First sighting of the year for the Decies, who'll be very experimental. They're not only without the De La Salle lads, but also quite a few college-tied players. They've had a series of friendlies in recent weeks and Cork IT, who beat Kerry last week, are unlikely to survive.

Verdict: Waterford.

Cork v UCC, Pairc Ui Rinn, 2.0, P Casey (Waterford)

Several of last year's All-Ireland intermediate finalists, like Mark Ellie, Cian Fogarty and Bill Cooper, are expected to get a chance in the Rebels' seasonal opener, but this time last year they were beaten by 'The College', who include a host of Cork players and Clare target-man Darach Honan.

Verdict: UCC.

McGrath Cup semi-final (sf)

Kerry v Cork, Austin Stack Park, 7.30, R Hickey (Clare)

Mark Cronin and Denis O'Sullivan are among the new boys creating a stir for the reigning All-Ireland champions, while David and Paul Geaney are doing the same for Kerry, who are expected to have Marc O Se and Aidan O'Mahony back this week, but are without the Crokes contingent and Declan O'Sullivan (married yesterday).

Verdict: Kerry.

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Leinster club SFC final

Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) v Rhode (Offaly), Portlaoise, 2.30, E Kinsella (Laois), live TG4

Much has been made of Kilmacud Croke's absentees, which include Paul Griffin, Mark Davoren, Niall Corkery and Darren Magee, while Rory O'Carroll, who is based in France, is most likely to feature off the bench. But the Stillorgan-based side have found a way around similar problems during the Dublin championship before and welcome Wexford's Adrian Morrissey back from suspension.

Rhode, however, will forever rue their 2008 defeat to Crokes and will feel they have some unfinished business. Odds of 5/2 represent real value for such a proud club but it's hard to go against the favourites from the Pale.

Verdict: Kilmacud Crokes.

O'Byrne Cup semi-finals (sf)

Westmeath v Kildare, Mullingar, 2.15, B O'Shea (Dublin)

Westmeath's bright start in Pat Flanagan's first full season in charge has impressed, but Kildare beat DCU and their galaxy of stars with some ease in the last round. Wins over Dublin and DIT have kick-started Westmeath's season, but they're up against it today.

Verdict: Kildare

Louth v UCD, Drogheda, 2.15, S Carroll (Westmeath)

Louth have good form in the O'Byrne Cup in recent years and Derek McGuire found the net twice last time out. UCD will be pleased with their work so far and John Heslin had been particularly impressive. However, the Sigerson remains their overwhelming priority.

Verdict: Louth

Walsh Cup quarter-finals (sh)

Dublin v Antrim, Parnell Park, 2.0, S Whelan (Wexford)

Antrim made a good comeback to beat Westmeath last week, but Conal Keaney announced his Dublin return with 2-1 in the first half of a challenge against Limerick last week and they're likely to win in their competitive opener.

Verdict: Dublin

Kilkenny v NUI Galway, Ballyraggett, 12.0, B Kelly (Westmeath)

First sighting of the Cats this season which is always worth watching and especially given they're playing the reigning Fitzgibbon Cup champions, who, despite losing some big names since, still feature Seamus Hennessy and rising Clare stars Caimin Morey and John Conlon and have already knocked out Offaly.

Verdict: Kilkenny

Galway v DIT, Ballinasloe, 2.0, B Gavin (Offaly)

Paul Ryan ran riot for DIT last time out, hitting 1-12 in their nine-point win over Galway and while John McIntyre's side would normally be favourites, they have a serious list of absentees, including Shane Kavanagh, All Star Damien Hayes, Fergal Moore, Damien Joyce and Joe Gantley, which means the door could be open for the students.

Verdict: DIT

Laois v Wexford, Rathdowney, 2.0, D Hughes (Kilkenny)

Wexford boss Colm Bonnar has indicated a willingness to experiment in the coming weeks, while Laois have hit the ground running under Brendan Fennelly. Willie Hyland and Matthew Whelan starred for Laois when they beat UCD in the opening round, while this is Wexford's seasonal debut. The winner meets either Kilkenny or NUIG.

Verdict: Laois

Kehoe Cup (sh)

Wicklow v Kildare, Avondale, 2.0, D Murphy (Wexford)

Former Dublin player Michael O'Riordan makes his debut as Kildare boss against a Wicklow side who have already racked up 2-15 against Fingal.

Verdict: Wicklow

DCU v Down, DCU, 2.0, P Murphy (Carlow)

Season-opener for both and while DCU is known as a football stronghold, they've been playing in the Fitzgibbon Cup for the last two years.

Verdict: Down

Meath v Roscommon, Trim, 2.0, A Lagrue (Kildare)

Gary Fallon starred for the Rossies who beat Louth last week, while this is the first day out for new Meath manager Cillian Farrell.

Verdict: Meath

Armagh v GMIT, St Paul's Lurgan, 2.0, K Brady (Louth)

A first game for Galway/Mayo IT against Armagh who racked up an impressive 5-17 against Carlow IT last week

Verdict: Armagh.

Kehoe Shield (sh)

Fingal v Louth, Lawless Park, Swords, 2.0, J Keenan (Wicklow)

Verdict: Fingal

Trinity v Carlow IT, Clann na Gael, 2.0, G McGrath (Dublin)

Verdict: Trinity

McGrath Cup semi-final (sf)

Waterford v Clare, Bushy Park, Dungarvan, 2.0, D O'Mahony (Tipperary)

Clare have got some early season momentum after beating UCC and CIT but Waterford took Tipp's scalp (by two points last week) and home advantage will help.

Verdict: Waterford.

FBD League (sf)

Leitrim v GMIT, Cloone, 2.0

Both of these teams lost their opening games, to Roscommon and Mayo respectively so they badly need a boost.

Verdict: GMIT.

Mayo v Roscommon, Ballyhaunis, 2.0

With one win apiece this will likely decide who makes the final from Group B and Mayo are less affected by college commitments, with Keith Higgins, Barry Moran, and Trevor Howley making their seasonal returns this week also.

Verdict: Mayo.

Galway v IT Sligo, Tuam Stadium, 2.0

After opening well with victory over Sligo, Tomas O Flatharta's Galway suffered a one-goal loss to NUIG and as a result, they can't qualify. Sligo IT drew with Sligo last week thanks to a last-minute free from Galway goalkeeper Adrian Faherty, so they'll be no pushover but the formline points to the Tribesmen.

Verdict: Galway.

Sligo v NUI Galway, Enniscrone, 2.0

There are debuts this week for goalkeeper Bryan McGovern and full-back Gavin Gilsenan as Kevin Walsh continues to experiment against an NUIG team, managed by John Maughan, who have already qualified for the final and include Sligo star Stephen Gilmartin.

Verdict: NUIG.

McKenna Cup (sf)

Tyrone v Donegal, Omagh, 2.0, J McQuillan (Cavan)

Tyrone finally make their McKenna Cup debut after recent traumas and postponements and Mickey Harte is expected to be in Healy Park, but Jim McGuinness' Donegal have already beaten UUJ so this should be a good one.

Verdict: Tyrone.

Derry v Monaghan, Celtic Park, 2.0, J White (Donegal)

New Derry boss John Brennan has had an excellent start, with wins over Cavan and Queens to top Group B, while Monaghan lost to Queens in their only game so far.

Verdict: Derry.

Armagh v Antrim, Crossmaglen, M Sludden (Tyrone)

Antrim are fighting the mid-week suspension of Tomas McCann, but have CJ McGourty and Kevin Brady back to face Armagh, who took Down's scalp in their opener.

Verdict: Armagh.

Ladies JF Club Final Replay

Caltra Cuans (Galway) v Omagh St Enda's (Tyrone), Mullahoran, Cavan, 2.0, P Kehoe

Originally postponed due to a bereavement and subsequently delayed by the weather, these two teams finally played out a draw in early December at the fifth time of asking. Both clubs are vying for their first All-Ireland Club title and both name unchanged sides from those that started the drawn game. Caltra needed a last-gasp extra-time score to take this fixture to a replay, but they will need to shackle St Enda's forward Cara McCrossan if they'are to prevail this time. Orlaith Hannon is Caltra's biggest threat up front and the battle of the two sharpshooters could prove decisive.

Verdict: Caltra Cuans

Caltra Cuans -- L Greene; S Flood, C McHugh, H Cullinane; A Ni Cheallaigh, S Noone, A Tully; L Naughton, C Kilroy; E Naughton, O Kilkenny, N Kilkenny; B Hanlon, O Hannon, A Mannion.

omagh St Enda's -- C McCullagh; O Kelly, C Gormley, E Nugent; C McGovern, C Mullin, C Hunter; C McCullagh, N McCrossan; T McCullagh, K O'Sullivan, H Ballard; E Collins, G McGale, C McCrossan

compiled by CLIONA FOLEY AND DONNCHADH BOYLE

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