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Allianz NFL Division 4 Final

(extra-time if needed)

Longford v Offaly, Croke Park, 5.15, N Cullen (Fermanagh)

A fascinating Midlands derby between the two sides who got relegated last year and meet again in Leinster in three weeks (May 16).

Longford have recently had the Indian sign over Offaly and Brian Kavanagh's return has been vital in a year when Jack Sheedy's side lost the legendary Paul Barden to retirement.

They've made just one change from the team that beat Offaly by three points at home in the penultimate round except for one enforced change: U-21 star Ross McNerney scored three points off the bench to win that game and replaces Sean McCormack, who has left the panel.

But Offaly, who were level at half-time, had three players sent off in that game, including Paul McConway after just 15 minutes.

Pat Flanagan has Offaly back on track and the return of Bernard Allen and Willie Mulhall means Niall McNamee is not their only scorer.

This year: Longford 0-13 Offaly 0-10 (Round 6).

Odds: Offaly 5/6, Longford 6/5, Draw 15/2.

Longford: P Collum; D Brady, B O'Farrell, P Foy; C Smyth, D Masterson, E Williams; B Gilleran, K Diffley; M Quinn,P McKeon, R McEntire; R McNerney, B Kavanagh, F McGee.

Offaly: TBC.

Verdict: Longford.

Allianz NFL Division 3 Final

(extra-time if needed)

Armagh v Fermanagh, Croke Park, 7.15, D O'Mahoney (Tipperary).

Kieran McGeeney has most of his first choice side out today, Kevin Dyas is back and only Stefan Campbell has yet to return to full fitness.

Ethan Rafferty, not Jamie Clarke, is Armagh's top scorer, which underlines their firepower.

Peter McGrath has done a good job with Fermanagh but captain Eoin Donnelly (thumb injury) is a big loss at midfield - he is replaced by Richard O'Callaghan. They lost a league final to Wicklow in 2012 and are too dependent on Sean Quigley for scores.

This year: Armagh 1-10 Fermanagh 1-10 (Round 4)

Odds: Armagh 4/11, Fermanagh 1/10, Draw 15/2.

Armagh: N Geoghegan; A Mallon, C Vernon, M Murray; J Morgan, F Moriarty, M Shields; C McKeever, A Findon; T Kernan, M McKenna, A Forker; E Rafferty, A Murnin, J Clarke.

Fermanagh: T Treacy; M Jones, T Daly, M O'Brien; B Mulrone, R McCluskey, N Cassidy; R Jones, R O'Callaghan; P McCusker, R Corrigan, D McCusker; T Corrigan, S Quigley, C Flaherty.

Verdict: Armagh.

Electric Ireland Leinster MHC (extra-time if needed)

Laois v Meath, Trim, 3.0, K Brady (Louth). Verdict: Laois.

Carlow v Westmeath, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3.0, J Kennedy (Kilkenny). Verdict: Carlow.

Dublin v Offaly, Parnell Park, 2.30, M O'Sullivan (Kilkenny). Verdict: Dublin.

Wexford v Kilkenny, Innovate Wexford Park, 2.0, M Murtagh (Westmeath).Verdict: Kilkenny.

TOMORROW

Allianz NFL Division 2 Final

(extra-time if needed)

Down v Roscommon, Croke Park, 2.0, M Deegan (Laois)

Roscommon beat Cavan in last year's Division 3 final and their march under John Evans has been impressive this season.

When they went to Newry in round two they won by four and it was their bench strength - subs Cathal Cregg and Donie Smith kicked two points between them - that proved the difference.

Down were surprise table-toppers. New manager Jim McCorry, who has had such success with Kilcoo, has got them gelling but there's an injury doubt about Conor Laverty (hand).

Roscommon are without Seanie McDermott (suspended) but got Enda Smith cleared in time and their U-21s' All-Ireland semi-final defeat by Tyrone last week allows them concentrate on this, even though they face London on May 24.

This year: Roscommon 1-15 Down 1-11 (Round 2).

Odds: Down evens, Roscommon evens, Draw 15/2.

Down: S Kane; G Collins, L Howard, D Turley; D O'Hagan, B McArdle, C McGovern; P Turley, P Devlin; C Maginn, K McKernan, M Poland; C Laverty, C Mooney, D O'Hare.

Roscommon: TBC.

Verdict: Roscommon.

Allianz NFL Division 1 Final

(extra-time if needed)

Dublin v Cork, Croke Park, 4.0, P Hughes (Armagh)

Cork won when these sides met in the league opener in Pairc Ui Rinn and even though they have won all four of their previous league final meetings (the last in 2011) everyone still points to last year's semi-final when the Dubs pulled off a 17-point turnaround.

Cork have one change since scoring four goals against Donegal: Jamie O'Sullivan comes in at wing-back for injured Brian O'Driscoll.

In John Small, Dublin have unearthed a solid, defensive centre-back. Ciaran Kilkenny could be the man to replace Eoghan O'Gara inside and Alan Brogan has also recently returned.

The Dubs 'won ugly' against Monaghan, will feel they owe Cork one and are looking for a three in-a-row that the Rebels last achieved in 2010-12.

This year: Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-16 (Round 1).

Odds: Dublin 4/9, Cork 9/4, Draw 8/1.

Cork: K O'Halloran; T Clancy, M Shields, J Loughrey; J O'Sullivan, C Dorman, T Clancy; E Cadogan, F Goold; K O'Driscoll, J O'Rourke, C O'Driscoll; C O'Neill, M Collins, B Hurley.

Dublin: TBC

Verdict: Dublin.

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Division 1 semi-finals

Dublin v Galway, St Loman's Mullingar, 2.0, M Farrelly.

They drew in Tuam in the second round. Dublin made successive finals by beating Cork last time out but Galway have impressed this year.

Verdict: Galway.

Cork v Kerry, Dromcollogher/Broadford, 2.0, J Niland.

New Kerry boss Alan O'Neill has done well so far but Cork had a narrow win in their fascinating earlier tussle and are chasing a third league title in a row.

Verdict: Cork.

Division 2 semi-finals

Armagh v Cavan, Clones, 1.0, C McManus. Verdict: Armagh.

Donegal v Westmeath, Clones, 3.0, G McMahon. Verdict: Donegal.

Division 3 semi-finals

Waterford v Roscommon, Nenagh, 12.15, J Murphy. Verdict: Waterford.

Leitrim v Sligo, Ballyhaunis, 4.0, Y Duffy. Verdict: Sligo.

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