Saturday 18 November 2017

Connacht club IFC final


(Extra-time if necessary)

Padraig Pearses (Roscommon) v Davitts (Mayo), Kiltoom, 2.0

Emmet Kelly did most of the damage for Pearses as they edged past Galway champions Kilconly last weekend, while Michael Conroy played a captain's part in Davitts' semi-final win over Melvin Gaels.

Verdict: Pearses


Dublin SFC final

(Extra-time if necessary)

St Brigid's v St Oliver Plunketts ER, Parnell Park, 3.30

After dropping out of the top flight briefly, St Brigid's have been nursed back to health by Meath legend Gerry McEntee and overcame a slow start to see off Ballymun Kickhams after extra-time in the semi-final.

Plunketts are still waiting on their first senior title, but Jason Sherlock and Bernard Brogan are in ominously good form up front and they still have the returning Alan Brogan to add to an extremely potent forward line.

They have good support from Anthony Moyles and Conor Evans and could finally shed the bridesmaid tag after years of coming up short.

Odds: St Brigid's 7/4 Plunketts 8/13 Draw 13/2

Verdict: St Oliver Plunketts

Tipperary SFC final

Thomas MacDonaghs v Moyle Rovers, Cashel, 2.30

Moyle Rovers are seeking their eighth county title since winning their first in 1995 and while Thomas MacDonaghs are a divisional side that can pull from nine clubs, they are the first north division side to reach the decider since 1975 and they are up against it here.

Odds: MacDonaghs 9/4 Moyle Rovers Draw 6/1

Verdict: Moyle Rovers

Galway SHC final

Clarinbridge v Gort, Pearse Stadium, 2.30

Clarinbridge, powered by the Kerins brothers Alan and Mark, look on course to secure their third county senior title.

They have hardly let up since securing the All-Ireland title last March and were in control for their semi-final win over Craughwell.

However, Gort are managed by the wily minor maestro Mattie Murphy and he's likely to have something up his sleeve.

Odds: Clarinbridge 1/2 Gort 2/1 Draw 8/1

Verdict: Clarinbridge

Connacht club SFC s/f

(Extra-time if necessary)

Ballintubber (Mayo) v Corofin (Galway), McHale Park, 2.30, M Duffy (Sligo)

Ballintubber feel they let themselves down in Connacht last year in the aftermath of winning their first county title, but with added experience and the Young Footballer of the Year in Cillian O'Connor they can welcome Corofin with real optimism.

However, the Galway side kicked 16 points in last weekend's county final and with the experience of Kieran Comer and Kieran Fitzgerald, they might just edge through.

Odds: Ballintubber 9/4 Corofin 1/2 Draw 13/2

Verdict: Corofin

Tourlestrane (Sligo) v St Brigid's (Roscommon), Markievicz Park, 2.30, R McBrien (Leitrim)

St Brigid's hammered last year's Sligo champions Eastern Harps on their way to last March's All-Ireland final, but the manner in which Tourlestrane collected their seventh county title since 1994, in the absence of talisman Eamonn O'Hara, suggests they will provide much stiffer resistance.

However, St Brigid's have the experience and class required in the likes of Frankie Dolan and Karol Mannion to reach a second successive Connacht final.

Odds: Tourlestrane 4/1 St Brigid's 2/9 Draw 9/1

Verdict: St Brigid's

Connacht club

JFC final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Islandeady (Mayo) v Clonbur (Galway), McHale Park, 1.0

Verdict: Islandeady

AIB Munster SFC q/f

(Extra-time if necessary)

Ballinacourty (Waterford) v Dr Crokes (Kerry), Fraher Field, 2.0, C Lane (Cork)

Even with home advantage, it will take a mammoth effort from Ballinacourty to cause an upset here. They'll need Shane Briggs at the top of his game and hope that Colm Cooper's ankle injury hinders his influence if they are pull off a major shock.

Odds: Ballinacourty 9/2 Dr Crokes 1/5 Draw 9/1

Verdict: Dr Crokes

UCC (Cork) v Monaleen (Limerick), Cloughduv, 2.0, M Condon (Limerick)

Monaleen might offer some value as two of the students' key performers -- Daithi Casey and Johnny Buckley -- will be on club duty with Dr Crokes. Couple that with a good day in front of goal for Ger Collins and Monaleen can capitalise.

Odds: UCC 2/9 Monaleen 4/1 Draw 9/1

Verdict: Monaleen

Munster IHC s/f

(Extra-time if necessary)

Aherlow (Tipperary) v Effin (Limerick), Kilmallock, 2.0, D Kirwan (Cork)

Verdict: Aherlow

Ballyduff (Kerry) v Eire Og Ennis (Clare), Austin Stack Park, 2.0, P Casey (Waterford)

Verdict: Eire Og

Munster JFC q/f

(Extra-time if necessary)

Meelick (Clare) v Dromid Pearses (Kerry), Meelick, 2.0, R Maloney (Limerick)

Verdict: Dromid Pearses

Leinster club SHC q/f

(Extra-time if necessary)

James Stephens (Kilkenny) v Oulart-The Ballagh (Wexford), Nowlan Park, 2.30

A star-studded Oulart come to Kilkenny to face a James Stephens side who will be without the services of the suspended Jackie Tyrrell, who was everywhere in the Kilkenny final win over Ballyhale, and his absence is significant.

Oulart were beaten by three points by O'Loughlin Gaels in last year's Leinster final and Liam Dunne's side will be determined to put that right.

Odds: James Stephens 10/11 Oulart 11/10 Draw 8/1

Verdict: Oulart-The Ballagh

Ballyboden St Enda's (Dublin) v Clonkill (Westmeath), Mullingar, 2.30

Raharney struck a blow for Westmeath club hurling last year by beating Offaly champions Coolderry and losing to Oulart by just three points in the Leinster semi-final, but the manner of Ballyboden's win over O'Tooles last weekend and the fact that they won in the absence of Conal Keaney and Stephen Hiney suggests there is plenty more to come from the Dubliners.

Odds: Ballyboden 1/7 Clonkill 5/1 Draw 14/1

Verdict: Ballyboden

AIB Leinster club IHC s/f

(Extra-time if necessary)

Danesfort (Kilkenny) v Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow), Nowlan Park, 12.45

Verdict: Danesfort

Celbridge (Kildare) v Adamstown (Wexford), Newbridge, 2.30

Verdict: Adamstown

Leinster Special club JHC

(Extra-time if necessary)

Mattock Rangers (Louth) v Park Ratheniska (Laois), Collon, 2.30

Verdict: Park Ratheniska

Parnells (Dublin) v Killeigh (Offaly), Dublin Venue TBC, 2.30

Verdict: Killeigh

Leinster club IFC

(Extra-time if necessary)

O'Raghallaighs (Louth) v Eire Og Greystones (Wicklow), Gaelic Grounds, 2.30

Verdict: O'Raghallaighs

St Brigid's (Offaly) v St Martin's (Wexford), Croghan, 2.30

Verdict: St Martin's

St Andrew's (Carlow) v Muckalee (Kilkenny), Dr Cullen Park, 1.0

Verdict: St Andrew's

Leinster JFC

(Extra-time if necessary)

Clonmore (Carlow) v Cappincur (Offaly), Dr Cullen Park, 2.30

Verdict: Cappincur

St Fechin's (Louth) v Man O War (Dublin), Dunleer, 2.30

Verdict: St Fechin's

Spink (Laois) v Ballivor (Meath), Crettyard, 2.30

Verdict: Ballivor

O'Hanrahans (Wexford) v Kilmacanogue (Wicklow), New Ross, 2.30

Verdict: O'Hanrahans

Ulster club JHC final

Creggan Kickhams (Antrim) v Burt (Donegal), Clones, 12.30

Verdict: Burt

Ulster club JFC

q/f replay

(Extra-time if necessary)

Cremartin (Monaghan) v Shercock (Cavan), Clones, 2.15

Verdict: Cremartin

Donnchadh Boyle

Irish Independent

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