Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 20 February 2018

AIB Leinster club IHC Final


(Extra-time if necessary)

Celbridge (Kildare) v Mt Leinster Rangers (Carlow), Newbridge, 2.0, S Cleere (Kilkenny)

Kildare's three in-a-row champions are back hoping to make up for losing last year's final to Dicksboro. But they face a Carlow side, loaded with the Coadys, Eddie Byrne and Denis Murphy, who beat Danesfort (including Kilkenny All Stars Paul Murphy and Richie Hogan) in Nowlan Park.

Odds: Mt Leinster 4/6, Celbridge 5/4, Draw 9/1.

Verdict: Mt Leinster Rangers.


Connacht Club SFC Final

(Extra-time if necessary).

St Brigid's (Roscommon) v Corofin (Galway), Kiltoom, 2.0, L Devenney (Mayo). * Live TG4

The clash of the Western heavyweights, as this pair have won four of the last five Connacht titles between them. Brigid's are defending champions, chasing their first two in-a-row and have home advantage in Kiltoom, while Corofin are chasing a sixth title and a first since 2009. They blew hot and cold against Ballintubber, but this could go to extra-time and Brigid's have a useful habit of coming from behind to win games.

Odds: Corofin 1/1, St Brigid's 11/10, draw13/2.

Verdict: St Brigid's.

Munster Club SFC S/f

(extra-time if necessary)

Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) v UCC (Cork), Clonmel Sportsfield, 2.0, P O'Sullivan (Kerry)

Without the injured Declan Browne, Moyle Rovers lost the Tipp final, but Thomas MacDonagh's can't compete in Munster because they're an amalgamation.

The Tipp men, featuring county minor star Philip Quirke, have since lost Paul Shanahan (broken arm) and David McGrath (hamstring) is doubtful. UCC, led by Gavin O'Grady and Paul Geaney, have already beaten Monaleen, though they needed extra-time and conceded 2-15.

Odds: UCC 1/4, Moyle Rovers 4/1, Draw 15/2.

Verdict: UCC

Dr Crokes (Kerry) v Kilmurry/Ibrickane (Clare), Killarney, 2.0, D O'Mahoney (Tipperary). *Deferred coverage TG4

Kerry v Clare is usually a foregone conclusion at county level, but the Banner's champions not only retain the nucleus of the team who took out Kerins O'Rahillys en route to the 2009 All-Ireland final, but are managed by ex-Kerry minor and U-21 boss John Kennedy. However, Crokes, featuring the Gooch, Eoin Brosnan and Kieran O'Leary and with Ambrose O'Donovan back fit, racked up 3-13 against Ballinacourty and this is virtually a 'home' game.

Odds: Dr Crokes 2/9, Kilmurry/Ibrickane 9/2, Draw 8/1.

Verdict: Dr Crokes.

Munster Club IFC S/f

(extra-time if necessary)

Dungarvan (Waterford) v Mullinahone (Tipperary), Fraher Field, 2.0, M Collins (Cork). Verdict: Dungarvan.

Newmarket (Cork) v Milltown / Castlemaine (Kerry), Mallow, 2.0, M Condon (Waterford). Verdict: Newmarket.

Munster Club IHC Final

(extra-time if necessary)

Ballyduff (Kerry) v Effin (Limerick), Newcastlewest, 2.0,

M Wadding (Waterford)

Ballyduff, managed by new Antrim boss Jerry Wallis, have continued Kerry's hurling resurgence by beating Cork's Courcey Rovers and Clare's Eire Og to stand on the cusp of history. Effin, led by the Quaids and Damien Moloney, have moved up two grades in Limerick in the last two seasons during their own 'Roy of the Rovers' run and just pipped Aherlow to get here, but Kerry's small-ball heroes are on a roll.

Odds: Ballyduff 1/3, Effin 5/2, Draw 9/1.

Verdict: Ballyduff.

Munster JHC Q/f

(extra-time if necessary)

Kenmare (Kerry) v Charleville (Cork), Kenmare, 2.0, F Horgan (Tipperary).

Verdict: Charleville.

Leinster Club SFC Q/F

(extra-time if necessary)

St Brigid's (Dublin) v Horeswood (Wexford), Parnell Park, 2.30,

D Brazil (Offaly)

The Dublin champions are maintaining a hectic schedule as this is their sixth game in as many weeks. Horeswood have played more hurling than football since winning their title and have players of the calibre of PJ Banville, Leigh O'Brien and Thomas Howlin, but it's hard to see them ousting the Cahills, Darcys and Paddy Andrews, whose side beat Summerhill by 10 points last week.

Odds: St Brigid's 1/12, Horeswood 7/1, Draw 14/1.

Verdict: St Brigid's.

Portlaoise (Laois) v Rathnew (Wicklow), Portlaoise, 2.30, S Doyle (Wexford)

Laois' five in-a-row champions and Leinster regulars needed extra-time and some heroic scores from Cahir Healy and Conor Boyle to squeeze past St Patrick's of Louth last week.

But Rathnew got their own shock the same day, losing the county final to amalgamated side St Mary's and losing James Stafford to a straight red during it. His loss won't help against a Portlaoise side with a lot to prove .

Odds: Portlaoise 1/6, Rathnew 11/2, Draw 9/1.

Verdict: Portlaoise.

Athy (Kildare) v Old Leighlin (Carlow), Newbridge, 2.0, J Curley (Meath)

Carlow's two in-a-row champions, led by John Hayden, Cathal Coughlan and an attacking half-back line face a difficult trip to Newbridge. But it's hardly a home-from-home for Athy either, who won their first SFC title in 24 years this season. Their young side had to show some composure last week when supersub Danny O'Keeffe goaled to edge out Edenderry, but they dominated possession and missed 16 wides.

Odds: Athy 2/5, Old Leighlin 11/4, Draw 13/2.

Verdict: Athy.

Leinster Club IFC S/Fs

(extra-time if necessary)

Skerries Harps (Dublin) v Confey (Kildare), Parnell Park, 12.45, J Hickey (Carlow). Verdict: Confey

Eire Og Greystones (Wicklow) v St Brigid's (Offaly), Aughrim, 2.0, B O' Shea (Dublin). Verdict: St Brigid's.

Leinster Club JFC S/Fs

(extra-time if necessary)

Cappincur (Offaly) v St Fechin's (Louth), Tullamore, 2.0, R Malone (Dublin).

Verdict: St Fechin's.

Ballivor (Meath) v Geraldine O'Hanrahans (Wexford), Navan, 2.30, Ref TBC.

Verdict: Geraldine O'Hanrahans.

Leinster Club JHC final

(extra-time if necessary)

Park Ratheniska (Laois) v Parnells (Dublin), 2.0, Park Ratheniska, G Quilty (Kilkenny) . Verdict: Park Ratheniska.

Ulster Club SFC s/f

(extra-time if necessary)

Burren (Down) v Latton (Monaghan), Morgan Athletics Grounds, 2.30,

B Cassidy (Derry)

Burren have plenty of inter-county names and a star in Donal O'Hare but made heavy work of beating Roslea and have lost captain James McGovern to a suspension.

Latton bagged their first Ulster win when pipping Glenswilly but have also lost Edmund Lennon to suspension. Midfield, where Owen Lennon stars for the Monaghan men, will be vital but Burren's superior experience should tell.

Odds: Burren 2/5, Latton 13/5, Draw 13/2.

Verdict: Burren.

Ulster Club JHC Final Replay

(extra-time if necessary)

Kickhams Creggan (Antrim) v Burt (Donegal), Morgan Athletics Grounds, 12.45, P Braniff (Down).

Verdict: Kickhams Creggan.

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