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Athy to remain on winning run

LEINSTER CLUB SFC QUARTER-FINALS

Athy (Kildare) v Old Leighlin (Carlow)

(Newbridge, Tomorrow, 2.0)

THEY could have been forgiven for saying "thank you and goodnight" after landing a first Kildare county title in 24 years, even more so after losing All Star defender Mick Foley to an extended foreign odyssey.

Instead, Athy have refocused impressively on an unlikely quest for Leinster glory. Last Sunday, they won an abundance of possession against Edenderry, frittered away quite a lot of it through the accumulation of 16 wides, but still did enough to seal a hard-fought 1-8 to 1-5 victory.

True, they betrayed signs of nerves against the Offaly champions, especially in the first half, while several of their top players didn't scale their usual heights ... but home advantage for the second week running should help.

ODDS: Athy 4/11, Draw 7/1, Old Leighlin 3/1

VERDICT: Athy

CONNACHT CLUB SFC FINAL

St Brigid's (Roscommon) v Corofin (Galway)

(Kiltoom, Tomorrow 2.0, live TG4)

THE TG4 cameras have chosen wisely, for this is a heavyweight clash with every likelihood that it will go down to the wire.

Between them, St Brigid's (2006 and '10) and Corofin ('08 and '09) have garnered four of the last five Connacht titles and, when they met in the '06 decider, the Kiltoom men leapfrogged their rivals thanks to an injury-time goal from Karol Mannion.

Heart palpitations aside, they'd settle for a similar outcome here. Their semi victory (by six points over Tourlestrane) was a shade more convincing than Corofin's one-point win over Ballintubber, albeit the Galway men showed all their experience to recover from an early six-point deficit. We marginally favour Senan Kilbride and Frankie Dolan to deliver.

ODDS: St Brigid's evens, Draw 6/1, Corofin 6/5

VERDICT: St Brigid's

MUNSTER CLUB SFC SEMI-FINALS

Dr Crokes (Kerry) v Kilmurry/Ibrickane (Clare)

(Dr Crokes Killarney, Tom, 2.0, deferred TG4)

THE Clare standard-bearers are doughty winter campaigners who have conquered Munster (2009) more recently than their vaunted Kerry rivals. Still, Crokes have at least three positives in their favour: home advantage, a quarter-final run-out ... and did we mention the Gooch?

ODDS: Crokes 2/9, Draw 8/1, Kilmurry 9/2

VERDICT: Dr Crokes

Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) v UCC (Cork)

(Clonmel, Tomorrow 2.0)

ROVERS are here because their county final conquerors, Thomas MacDonagh's, are ineligible for Munster combat. UCC are here after recovering from a fraught start to pip Monaleen. We're sticking with the students.

ODDS: Moyle Rvrs 11/4, Draw 15/2, UCC 4/11

VERDICT: UCC

ULSTER CLUB SFC SEMI-FINAL

Burren (Down) v Latton (Monaghan)

(Morgan Athletic Grounds, Tomorrow, 2.30)

ODDS: Burren 4/11, Draw 7/1, Latton 3/1

VERDICT: Burren


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