Monday 23 October 2017

GAA weekend previews

Leinster SHC

(Extra-time if necessary)

Laois v Antrim, Portlaoise, 7.0,

A Kelly (Galway)

Antrim named four championship debutants for the trip to the midlands but are without the significant experience of Liam Watson, Johnny Campbell, PJ O'Connell and Cormac Donnelly, who are ruled out through injury.

Brian Campion and Ger Reddin are fit for Laois, who had four points to spare when the sides met in the league in March, but championship starters from last year such as Cahir Healy and Tommy Fitzgerald are out and those absences could hand Antrim a first ever Leinster championship victory.

Last championship meeting: Laois 0-18 Antrim 1-12 -- 2009 All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers round 1

Odds: Laois 6/5 Antrim 5/6 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Antrim

LAOIS -- P Mullaney; J A Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, B Galvin; J Walsh, S Burke; B Dunne, G Reddin, W Hyland; O Holohan, N Foyle, J Brophy.

ANTRIM -- C O'Connell; C McGuinness, A Graffin, K Molloy; N McAuley, M Herron, C Herron; P Shiels, B McFall; S McNaughton, K Stewart, J Black; C McCann, N McManus, K McKeegan.

Ulster SHC

Donegal v Down, Letterkenny, 3.30,

R Matthews (Antrim). Verdict: Down

Tyrone v Derry, Omagh, 3.30,

O Elliott (Antrim). Verdict: Derry

Fermanagh v Armagh, Brewster Park, 3.30, E Hasson (Derry). Verdict: Armagh

Leinster MFC


(Extra-time if necessary)

Laois v Louth, Portlaoise, 5.15. Verdict: Laois

Meath v Wexford, Navan, 3.0. Verdict: Meath

Longford v Dublin, Longford, 7.0. Verdict: Dublin

Offaly v Kildare, Tullamore, 7.0. Verdict: Offaly

Ulster MHC

Donegal v Down, Letterkenny, 1.45,

C Cunning. Verdict: Down

Tyrone v Derry, Omagh, 1.45

Verdict: Derry.

Fermanagh v Armagh,

Brewster Park, 1.45, J Clarke. Verdict: Armagh

Cavan v Monaghan, Breffni Park, 1.45.

Verdict: Monaghan


Ulster SFC -- prelim round

Donegal v Antrim, Ballybofey, 3.30,

M Deegan (Laois). Live, RTE 2 / BBC 2

Antrim successfully raided Ballybofey in 2009, but the sides' respective Division 2 form points to a Donegal win this time. Kevin McGourty is out for Antrim, whose manager Liam 'Baker' Bradley turned up the heat on the Tir Chonaill men this week by suggesting they played "puke football".

Donegal have often flattered to deceive, but the vibes are that they will have a serious go at making an Ulster final. Manager Jim McGuinness has already secured a Division 2 title and seems to have his side on the crest of a wave, with the form of Colm McFadden and Michael Murphy likely to be enough to see them through.

Last championship meeting: Antrim 1-10 Donegal 0-12 -- 2009 Ulster SFC

Odds: Donegal 2/9 Antrim 5/1 Draw 9/1

Verdict: Donegal

ANTRIM -- S O'Neill; K O'Boyle, R Johnston, C Brady; T Scullion, J Crozier, A Healy; M McCann, A Gallagher; C Murray, T McCann, M Sweeney; P Cunningham, B Herron, K Niblock.

Ulster MFC

Donegal v Antrim, Ballybofey, 1.45,

N Cullen. Verdict: Donegal

Donnchadh Boyle

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