Monday 9 December 2019

GAA previews

Donnchadh Boyle, Cliona Foley and Cian Tracey

ALLIANZ NFL Division 3


Limerick v Cavan, Gaelic Grounds, 4.0, J Bermingham (Cork)

Nothing to play for here as Cavan had secured their promotion before round five, while Limerick are not involved in the relegation shake-up.

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Cavan

ALLIANZ NHL Division 2B final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Down v Wicklow, Navan, 3.0, J Keane (Galway)

Down finished the league with an unbeaten record. Having already seen off Wicklow this year, they should repeat the trick here.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Down 2/5 Wicklow 2/1 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Down

Connacht U-21 FC final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Leitrim v Roscommon, Carrick-on-Shannon, 2.30, S Hehir (Galway)

Leitrim earned a first Connacht final appearance in 16 years when they shocked reigning All-Ireland champions Galway. Leitrim will need a similar upset here. The Roscommon underage production line has been working well and they can prevail.

Odds: Leitrim 5/1 Roscommon 1/7 Draw 12/1

Verdict: Roscommon



CBS Kilkenny v St Kieran's College (Kilkenny), Nowlan Park, 5.0. * Live TG4

A repeat of the last two Leinster finals in which CBS Kilkenny have come out on top on both occasions. St Kieran's will be seeking to exact revenge, but CBS hotshot Jamie Byrne could swing it.

Verdict: CBS Kilkenny


Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré (Tipperary) v Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle, Nowlan Park, 3.15. * Live TG4

Having suffered All-Ireland defeats in 2001 and 2011, Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré will be eager to make it third time lucky, but Ballycastle have the firepower to win.

Verdict: Cross and Passion, Ballycastle


Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre (Cork)v Ardee CS, O'Moore Park, 2.0

Coláiste Ghobnatan come into the game full of confidence. Despite the threat of Ardee's Louth U-21 star Ryan Burns, Coláiste Ghobnatan should prevail.

Verdict: Coláiste Ghobnatan


St Joseph's HS, Crossmaglen v Our Lady's, Belmullet, Fr Tierney Park, Ballyshannon, 2.0

Crossmaglen showed great character to overturn a two-point deficit late on two weeks ago, but they will know that they can ill-afford to allow the same to happen again.

Verdict: Our Lady's, Belmullet


Good Counsel, New Ross (Wexford) v St Francis College, Rochestown (Cork), Clonmel GAA Grounds, 5.0

A resounding 20-point semi-final win has Good Counsel high on confidence but St Francis College also enjoyed a six-point victory in their semi-final. Stephen Kingston scored 2-4 for the Cork side that day and he could prove the X-factor.

Verdict: St Francis College, Rochestown



Kildare v Westmeath, Glen Easton, 7.0, G Easton. Verdict: Kildare


Wexford v Sligo, Naomh Eanna Gorey, 1.30, N McCormack. Verdict: Sligo

PP Schools Senior 'A'

Colaiste Dun lascaigh v Coláiste Iosagáin, Dr Cullen Park, 2.0, M Doherty. Verdict: Colaiste Iosagain


Glenamaddy CS v Scoil Criost Rí, Tubberclair GAA, 2.0, D McEnery. Verdict: Glenamaddy CS


All-Ireland MC 'A' Play-offs

Cork v Offaly, Cork Camogie Grounds, 1.0, G O'Dowd. Verdict: Cork


(3.0 unless stated)

Allianz NFL Division 1

Tyrone v Dublin, Omagh, M Duffy (Sligo).

* Live TG4

Match of the day between Tyrone and the reigning All-Ireland champions, who also beat them in last year's Division 1 final.

A draw would be enough to put third-placed Tyrone through and might yet even be enough for Dublin (if Mayo and Kerry lose), but they're tied fourth with Mayo on points, head-to-head and scoring difference and so don't want to go up against their superior scoring record.

Stephen Cluxton's suspension is a body-blow but Dublin's bench dug out an amazing draw last week. Bernard Brogan may be among the cavalry this time.

Last year: Tyrone 0-18 Dublin 1-14 (Round 5); Dublin 0-19 Tyrone 0-17 (Division 1 final)

Odds: Tyrone evens Dublin evens Draw 8/1

Verdict: Dublin

Kerry v Cork, Austin Stacks, E Kinsella (Laois). * Deferred TG4

Cork are already through to the semi-finals. Kerry have won their last three games and could yet still make the last four if they win and other results go their way.

It's a long shot but they've nothing to lose and they beat Cork in a very dour league game in Tralee last year.

Last year: Kerry 0-11 Cork 0-7 (Round 6)

Betting: Kerry 4/7 Cork 7/4 Draw 8/1

Verdict: Kerry

Mayo v Derry, Castlebar, D Coldrick (Meath)

Mayo are joint fourth with the Dubs and a point adrift of Tyrone, and they could still make the semi-finals. Mayo need to win and they are helped by the fact that Derry, already through to the April 13 semi-finals, have picked an experimental side.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Derry 11/2 Mayo 1/8 Draw 14/1

Verdict: Mayo

Kildare v Westmeath, Newbridge, D O'Mahoney (Tipperary)

Both sides have already been relegated. Kildare's brittle defence has conceded even more (10-104) than Westmeath's (9-103). Paul Bealin's side gave Kerry a decent lash in Mullingar but they are still struggling to find scores and, at home, the Lilies should salvage some pride.

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Kildare

Division 2

Armagh v Donegal, Athletic Grounds, F Kelly (Longford)

Donegal need only a draw to be promoted and, having lost to joint-second placed Down, won't want to get into a head-to-head with them so will be in unmerciful mood here. If Armagh lose and Laois win, the Orchard men are in trouble.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Donegal 4/9 Armagh 9/4 Draw 8/1

Verdict: Donegal

Laois v Down, Portlaoise, C Lane (Cork)

Down, joint second with Meath (who beat them last week), still have a shot of promotion if Donegal or Monaghan slip up but their scoring difference (+13) is much inferior so it is a long shot. Laois, second-last, will be relegated if they lose. If they win and either Armagh or Galway lose they will stay up.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Laois evens Down evens Draw 15/2

Verdict: Laois

Louth v Meath, Drogheda, B Cassidy (Derry)

Meath, who beat Down last week, have sorted out their defensive lapses and given themselves a promotion shot, even if it's an outside chance, too dependent on results elsewhere. Louth are already relegated.

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Meath

Monaghan v Galway, Clones, A Nolan (Wicklow)

Monaghan only need a draw to secure promotion. Their scoring difference (+28) means they could go through even if they lose, whereas Galway, level with Armagh and a point clear of Laois, are still battling to avoid the second relegation spot and have the worst scoring difference (-15) of that trio.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Monaghan 3/10 Galway 3/1 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Monaghan

Division 3

Fermanagh v Offaly, Brewster Park, B Rice (Down)

Nothing at stake here, with Offaly already relegated and Fermanagh in mid-table.

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Fermanagh

Roscommon v Sligo, Dr Hyde Park, M McNally (Monaghan)

Another game where there is nothing to play for but the promoted Rossies will look to carry their momentum into the decider with Cavan.

Last year: Roscommon 1-11 Sligo 1-8 (Round 1)

Verdict: Roscommon

Wexford v Longford, Wexford Park, F Barry (Kildare)

The only game of significance in the division; the loser will be condemned to the basement division, quite a fall for sides who both operated in Division 2 last year.

Longford will be without Brian Kavanagh but welcome Barry Gilleran back. A draw would be good enough for them, thanks to their superior score difference.

Both of Wexford's win came at home while Longford haven't picked up anything on the road and that could be decisive.

Last year: Wexford 2-8 Longford 1-10 (Round 1, Division 2)

Odds: Wexford 8/11 Longford 11/8 Draw 15/2

Verdict: Wexford

Division 4

Antrim v Clare, Creggan, 2.0, C O'Hagan (Tyrone)

Clare's need to avoid a slip-up here to ensure they join Tipperary in the league final. With so much at stake, and David Tubridy in fine form, Clare can edge this.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Antrim 10/11 Clare evens Draw 8/1

Verdict: Clare

London v Leitrim, Ruislip, 2.0, C Branagan (Down)

Leitrim still have a chance of promotion but they will need Wicklow to draw or lose, and hope that Clare lose – and make up a score difference of 31 points. A tall order.

Last year: Leitrim 1-11 London 1-9 (Round 7)

Verdict: Leitrim

Tipperary v Wicklow, Semple Stadium, 2.0, J Henry (Mayo)

Wicklow can still gain promotion but face the difficult task of seeing off Tipp in Semple with Premier boss Peter Creedon insisting they won't be letting up despite the fact that they are already promoted. The Garden men also need Clare to lose in Belfast.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Tipperary 11/8 Wicklow 4/6 Draw 8/1

Verdict: Wicklow

Waterford v Carlow, Dungarvan, 2.0, S Joy (Kerry)

Two teams who have endured a difficult campaign, gaining just one win each so far, but home advantage can send the Déise into the championship on a winning note.

Last year: Waterford 0-15 Carlow 0-10 (Round 7)

Verdict: Waterford

NHL Division 2A final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Kerry v Carlow, Semple Stadium, 3.45, F Horgan (Tipperary)

A game of significance in its own right but an even bigger one lies around the corner when the winners play Offaly for a spot in Divison 1B. A mix up over dates means Kerry are without Mikey Boyle as he is out of the country. The Kingdom were six-point winners when the sides met in the league earlier this year but the return of Carlow's Mount Leinster Rangers contingent can give the Barrowsiders the edge.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Carlow 4/11 Kerry 5/2 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Carlow

NHL Division 3A final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Roscommon v Donegal, Markievicz Park, 2.0, G McGrath (Dublin)

Donegal lost at this stage last year and they could be in for more heartache.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Roscommon evens Donegal 5/6 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Roscommon

NHL Division 3B final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Tyrone v Leitrim, Markievicz Park, 3.45, J Clarke (Cavan)

Unbeaten Tyrone to take the spoils and bounce straight back after last year's relegation.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Tyrone 1/6 Leitrim 4/1 Draw 12/1

Verdict: Tyrone


(2.0 unless stated)


Kerry v Donegal, Tralee IT, 12.0, K Delahunty. Verdict: Kerry

Mayo v Monaghan, Ballina Stephenites, PJ Rabbitte. Verdict: Mayo

Dublin v Laois, Naomh Mearnóg, Y Duffy. Verdict: Dublin

Tyrone v Cork, Tattyrae, 12.0, M Farrelly. Verdict: Tyrone


Down v Clare, Abbey Grammar School, C McManus. Verdict: Down

Meath v Fermanagh, D McEnery. Verdict: Meath

Galway v Cavan, Tuam Stadium, M Kenny. Verdict: Galway


Offaly v Longford, Clara, S Regan. Verdict: Longford

Leitrim v Tipperary, Ballinamore, G Carmody. Verdict: Tipperary

Waterford v Armagh, M Doherty. Verdict: Armagh


Antrim v Louth, Tir na nOg, K McKeever. Verdict: Antrim

Derry v Roscommon, ST Treas PS Ballymaguigan, B McCallion. Verdict: Derry

Limerick v Wicklow, Tournfulla, N McCormack. Verdict: Limerick




Limerick v Clare, Killmallock, 2.30, M O'Kelly. Verdict: Limerick

Galway v Derry, Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, 3.30, J Dolan. Verdict: Galway


Dublin v Offaly, O'Toole Park, Crumlin, 3.0, O Elliott. Verdict: Offaly

Wexford v Cork, Bellefield, Enniscorthy, 4.0, A Lagrue. Verdict: Wexford

Division 2 – GROUP 1

Kilkenny v Laois, Kilkenny, 12.30, A O'Brien. Verdict: Kilkenny

Wexford v Down, Bellefield, Enniscorthy, 2.0, W Cole. Verdict: Down

Galway v Antrim, Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, 2.0, G Browne. Verdict: Galway


Waterford v Cork, Waterford, Bushy Park Dungarvan, referee TBC. Verdict: Waterford

Meath v Kildare, Dunganny, 1.30, R Hughes Merry. Verdict: Meath

Division 3

Armagh v Westmeath, Armagh, E Cassidy. Verdict: Westmeath

Roscommon v Dublin, Athleague, 2.0, J McDonagh. Verdict: Dublin

Division 4

Dublin v Limerick, O'Toole Park, Crumlin, 1.0, P Kehoe. Verdict: Dublin

Meath v Tyrone, Dunganny, 3.15, P McDonald. Verdict: Tyrone

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