Monday 22 January 2018

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Christy Ring Cup (sh)

semi-finals

(Extra-time if necessary)

Down v London, Newry, 2.30,

P Murphy (Carlow)

London saw off Derry in the last round, but managed just two points in the second half, with Luke Hand hitting two first-half goals. Down came through the front door and are favourites, with Paul Braniff their scorer-in-chief once again.

Odds: Down 8/15 London 7/4 Draw 9/1

Verdict: Down

Wicklow v Meath, Arklow, 2.30,

T Carroll (Offaly)

Meath recovered from defeat to Down to make the last four and overturned a league-final reversal to Kildare in the last round, which suggests they are a team on the rise. Stephen Clynch is key to their cause, but Casey O'Brien's Wicklow have gone through the year unbeaten so far.

Odds: 4/11 Meath 5/2 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Wicklow

Nicky Rackard Cup

semi-finals

(Extra-time if necessary)

Armagh v Roscommon, Morgan Athletic Grounds, 2.30, E Hasson (Derry)

Odds: Armagh 2/5 Roscommon 2/1 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Armagh

Donegal v Louth, Letterkenny, 2.30, O Elliott (Antrim)

Odds: Donegal 13/8 Louth 8/15 Draw 9/1

Verdict: Louth

Lory Meagher Cup

semi-finals

(Extra-time if necessary)

Fermanagh v Leitrim, Maguiresbridge, 4.0, J Clarke (Cavan)

Verdict: Fermanagh

Warwickshire v Tyrone, Pairc na hEireann, 12.0, D Copps (Cork)

Verdict: Tyrone

Munster JFC

quarter-final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Tipperary v Kerry, Nenagh, 5.30,

M Condon (Waterford)

Verdict: Kerry

Munster IHC

quarter-final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Tipperary v Limerick, Nenagh, 7.30, C Lyons (Cork)

Verdict: Tipperary

Tomorrow

Munster SHC

quarter-final

Limerick v Tipperary, Thurles, 4.0, B Kelly (Westmeath)

*Live RTE

It's five years since Limerick last won a game in the Munster SHC, a record that's likely to run to six tomorrow. It's their bad luck that they were drawn (a) in the only quarter-final and (b) against Tipperary, the dominant force in Munster. To add to Limerick's pressures, the rota despatches them to Semple Stadium.

It's likely to be all too much for them, but they can rescue something from the day by working Tipperary hard and doing enough to build confidence for the qualifiers.

As for Tipperary, it's all about a smooth lift-off to the championship bid. An air of uncertainty has been hanging over the Premier side all year, but the focus was always on the championship and this is their opportunity to show that they are primed for another big summer.

Last championship meeting: Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7 (2009 All-Ireland semi-final)

Odds: Tipperary 1/6; Limerick 9/2; Draw 12/1

Verdict: Tipperary

Limerick -- N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O'Grady, G O'Mahony; P Browne, J Ryan; D Breen, C Allis, S Dowling; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin.

Tipperary -- B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O'Mahony, P Maher; J Woodlock, B Maher; G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke; E Kelly, B O'Meara, J O'Brien.

Munster SFC

quarter-final

Tipperary v Kerry, Thurles, 2.0, Marty Duffy (Sligo)

*Live RTE

How unlucky can Tipperary be? Drawn against Kerry in the quarter-final for a third successive year, it can hardly have been helpful to their general mood all year that another early Munster exit was on its way.

Kerry beat Tipperary by 12 points in 2010 and by 11 points last year and since this is the Kingdom's final outing before the big clash with Cork on June 10, they will drive on as powerfully as possible. Looks like another tough afternoon for Tipp.

Last championship meeting: Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 (2011 Munster quarter-final)

Odds: Kerry 1/50; Tipperary 14/1; Draw 28/1.

Verdict: Kerry

Tipperary -- P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; B Fox, R Costigan, A Campbell; G Hannigan, H Coughlan; L Egan, P Acheson, S Scully; A Maloney, M Quinlivan, P Austin.

Kerry -- B Kealy; S Enright, D Bohan, K Young; T O Se, E Brosnan, P Crowley; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, Darran O'Sullivan, K O'Leary; C Cooper, Declan O'Sullivan, P Curtin.

Leinster SFc rd 1

Meath v Wicklow, Dr Cullen Park, 3.30, P Hughes (Armagh)

With Meath hitting heavy turbulence after being relegated from Division 2 and Wicklow promoted from Division 4, could this be the day when the Garden boys beat the Royals in the championship for the first time since 1957?

The prospect has sent pulses racing in Wicklow, although manager Harry Murphy warns against runaway expectations.

"This is Meath in the championship. Their record there speaks for itself. We've played well this year, but we've got to do even better now because this is a major step up for us," he said.

Last championship meeting: Meath 2-13 Wicklow 1-8 (2004 Leinster 1st rd)

Odds: Meath 2/5; Wicklow 5/2; Draw 9/1.

Verdict: Meath

Meath -- D Gallagher; M Burke, K Reilly, S McAnarney; D Tobin, B Menton, S Kenny; C Gillespie, B Meade; A Forde, M Collins, G Reilly; B Farrell, J Sheridan, C Ward.

Wicklow -- J Flynn; C Hyland, A McLoughlin, A Byrne; D Healy, M McLoughlin, S Kelly; J Stafford, R Finn; L Glynn, D O'Sullivan, D Hayden; T Hannon, s furlong, J McGrath.

Ulster SF

quarter-final

Monaghan v Antrim, Clones, 3.30, M Deegan (Laois)

*BBC 2 (deferred 7.0)

Testing times for Monaghan who, rather unluckily, it must be said, have dropped from Divisions 1 to 3 in successive seasons. Add in their injury problems and it creates a climate where Antrim will fancy their chances in what will be the first Ulster championship clash between the counties for 22 years.

The markets don't see Antrim in such a favourable light, however, and probably rightly so. If Monaghan get their game working, they are a really formidable force as they showed when beating Kildare by five points in the league.

Last championship meeting: Monaghan 3-17 Antrim 0-8 (1990 Ulster preliminary round)

Odds: Monaghan 1 /2; Antrim 2/1; Draw 15/2

Verdict: Monaghan

Monaghan -- M Keogh; D Morgan, V Corey, C Walshe; K O'Connell, D Mone, K Duffy; P Dooney, D Clerkin; M McKenna, S Gollogly, J Turley; C McGuinness, P Finlay, C McManus.

Antrim -- C Kerr; A Healey, R Johnston, K O'Boyle; T Scullion, J Crozier, J Loughery; M McCann, A Gallagher; C Murray, M Sweeney, M McAleese; P Cunningham, M Magill, T McCann.

Ulster MFC

quarter-final

Monaghan v Antrim, Clones, 1.45,

I Molloy (Donegal). Verdict: Monaghan

Ulster MFC

quarter-final

Derry v Donegal, Omagh, 7.0, B Rice (Down). Verdict: Derry

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