Friday 15 December 2017

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Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

All-Ireland 'B' MHC final


All-Ireland 'B' MHC final

Kerry v Meath, Nenagh, 3.0, J Heffernan

Kerry produced a storming second-half performance to see off Westmeath in their semi-final as Philip Lucid and Michael O'Leary pointed the way.

Meath were comprehensive winners over Donegal, with Gavin McGowan netting a brace for the Royals.

Verdict: Meath

All-Ireland 'C' MHC final

Mayo v Monaghan, Ballinamore, 2.0, J Clarke (Down)

All eyes will be on Mayo's David Kenny to see if he can complete the first half of what would be a remarkable double as he is also part of the Mayo minor football squad that plays in the All-Ireland final.

Brian Finn's side have enjoyed some facile wins this year and they can take this.

Verdict: Mayo


All-Ireland MHC final

Waterford v Galway, Croke Park, 1.15, C McAllister (Cork) *LIVE TV3

Galway manager Mattie Murphy has proven himself to be a master at producing teams to win at this grade.

They limped past Laois in the All-Ireland quarter-final, but Murphy showed faith in his side for the last-four clash with Limerick and they rewarded him with a gutsy extra-time showing. It has been pointed out that several of the current Waterford minor panel are underage again next year, but this is a relatively experienced bunch.

A handful of players were part of the combined Dungarvan colleges side that won the Harty and Croke Cups and some of those also helped Dungarvan CBS to All-Ireland Colleges 'B' honours.

Stephen Bennett has overcome serious hip problems and he can lead the Deise to a first minor title since 1948.

Odds: Waterford 5/6, Galway 11/10, Draw 10/1

Verdict: Waterford



All-Ireland IFC semi-final

Fermanagh v Tipperary, Semple Stadium, 2.15, *LIVE TG4

Cavan await the winners of this clash in the Croke Park decider on September 29 and the smart money is on Fermanagh to make it an all-Ulster decider.

Fermanagh are Ulster champions and while they stuttered past Roscommon last time out, there is scope for further improvement.

They will start as warm favourites to reach a first intermediate decider since 2009 and should do so despite Tipp's battling efforts.

Odds: Fermanagh 4/7, Draw 10/1,

Tipperary 6/4

Verdict: Fermanagh

All-Ireland SFC semi-final

Cork v Kerry, Semple Stadium, 4.0, *LIVE TG4

The scene is set for a third championship meeting of the season between Cork and Kerry – and so far, All-Ireland champions Cork have yet to record a victory against their neighbours.

Kerry won an opening-round fixture in the Munster championship and then denied Cork a 10th successive provincial title with victory in the final.

Kerry showed some real fight in their quarter-final victory over Mayo, coming with a run of three late points to clinch a narrow win, but Cork won't countenance another defeat to their rivals and with Juliet Murphy back pulling the strings at midfield, they keep their three-in-a-row dreams alive.

Odds: Cork 1/3, Draw 10/1, Kerry 11/4

Verdict: Cork

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