Tuesday 16 January 2018

Weekend's club GAA previews


Burren v Clonduff, Pairc Esler, 7.0

Burren come into this one as heavy favourites to retain their title.

Clonduff's defence impressed in the semi-final win over Kilcoo and they'll have to come up with a plan for Donal O'Hare, who scored 1-5 in Burren's semi-final win over Rostrevor.

Odds: Burren 2/7, Clonduff 10/3, Draw 8/1

Verdict: Burren



Glencar/Manonhamilton v Tourlestrane, Carrick on Shannon, 3.0

Glencar have dominated Leitrim football without ever making a dent in Connacht and their mission is to change that with a first provincial win. In their way is a Tourlestrane side without Eamonn O'Hara, but who came through the Sligo final in strong form.

Odds: Glencar/Manorhamilton 1/1, Tourlestrane 11/10, Draw 6/1

Verdict: Glencar/Manorhamilton


Cavan Gaels v Glenswilly,

Kingspan Breffni Park, 3.30

Glenswilly broke new ground with their first ever Donegal title, but the task facing Michael Murphy's men is a big one against a Cavan Gaels team infused with 11 players who won minor or U-21 Ulster titles at county level this season.

They have supplemented the efforts of Seanie Johnston and should see their side through.

Odds: Cavan Gaels 1/3, Glenswilly 3/1, Draw 7/1

Verdict: Cavan Gaels


Crossmaglen Rangers v Ballymacnab, Athletic Ground, 4.0

Ballymacnab have overcome the odds to reach a first ever Armagh final, but a date with the regal Crossmaglen is scant reward. The All-Ireland champions will fancy this one to make it 15 out of the last 16 titles.

Odds: Crossmaglen 1/9, Ballymacnab 13/2, Draw 10/1

Verdict: Crossmaglen


Old Leighlin v Tinryland,

Dr Cullen Park, 3.45

Having beaten Eire Og in the semi-final it appears to be Old Leighlin's to lose, but Tinryland brought last year's final to a replay and will test Old Leighlin to the limit.

Odds: Old Leighlin 4/5, Tinryland 5/4, Draw 13/2

Verdict: Old Leighlin


St Josephs Doora/Barefield v Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Cusack Park, 3.30

Kilmurray are red-hot favourites for a third Clare title in four years and after losing their crown last year, they will be hungry to win it back.

With Kilmurry having gone 2011 undefeated, St Joseph's Doora/Barefield will need to produce something big to shock them.

Odds: St Joseph's Doora/Barefield 7/2, Kilmurry Ibrickane 2/7, Draw 15/2

Verdict: Kilmurray Ibrickane


UCC v Castlehaven,

Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 3.30

Sigerson champions UCC face former team-mate Mark Collins, who should have the inside track for Castlehaven. Up front they'll be hoping the likes of Daithi Casey and Paul Geaney can get going against a Castlehaven backline that was superb in the semi-final and with a big crowd behind them, they'll be expecting a first title since 2003.

Odds: UCC 6/4, Castlehaven 8/11, Draw 13/1

Verdict: Castlehaven


Ballinderry v Kilrea, Celtic Park, 3.15

Kilrea are seeking a first title, but Eoghan Rua Coleraine upset the mould last year. But Ballinderry -- Eoghan Rua's victims last year -- will be wary of underestimating unheralded opponents and shouldn't let history repeat itself.

Odds: Ballinderry 2/5, Kilrea 12/5, Draw 7/1

Verdict: Ballinderry


Monaleen v Newcastlewest,

Gaelic Grounds, 3.30

Newcastlewest are bidding to end a 19-year wait for a county title, but champions Monaleen will take some beating, despite struggling in the group phase. Stephen Kelly will be key to Newcastlewest's efforts, while Muiris Gavin is among Monaleen's stars.

Odds: Monaleen 8/13, Newcastlewest 7/4, Draw 6/1

Verdict: Newcastlewest


Parnells v Fulham Irish, Ruislip, 3.0

Plenty of former county talent on display at Ruislip tomorrow with an intriguing battle between former Cavan man Lorcan Mulvey and Dublin's Niall Corkery at midfield in store. Having lost last year's final, Parnells will be hungry and could edge it in terms of quality.

Odds: Parnells 4/7, Fulham Irish 7/4, Draw 13/2

Verdict: Parnells


St Patrick's v Newtown Blues,

Drogheda, 3.30

Paddy Keenan's St Patrick's are odds-on favourites but Newtown are no mugs and will fancy a crack at the title. With Colm Judge, Jamie Carr and Andy McDonnell among their number, the Blues have plenty of potential, but St Patrick's look to have the edge.

Odds: St Patrick's 8/15, Newtown Blues 2/1, Draw 13/2

Verdict: St Patrick's


Dunshaughlin v Summerhill,

Pairc Tailteann, 3.0

The consensus in Meath appears to be that Dunshaughlin missed their opportunity two weeks ago in the drawn game, and Summerhill will be keen to take their second chance. Caomhin King and Co will try to prove they were worthy of the title the first time around.

Odds: Dunshaughlin 13/8, Summerhill 4/6, Draw 13/2

Verdict: Summerhill


Castletown-Liam Mellows v Horeswood, Wexford Park, 3.15

Castletown go into this title defence as favourites but after an improbable run to the final, Horeswood will fancy their chances. They'll need PJ Banville to fire on all cylinders, but even that might not be enough to dethrone the champions.

Odds: Castletown 8/15, Horeswood 15/8, Draw 7/1

Verdict: Castletown


Ballyduff v Crotta O'Neills,

Austin Stack Park, 3.30

Champions Ballyduff will take some stopping for a Crotta O'Neills side looking to end a 43-year wait for a title.

Odds: Ballyduff 1/8, Crotta O'Neills 5/1, Draw 14/1

Verdict: Ballyduff


Athleague v Four Roads, Athleague, 4.0

It's been a long time since Athleague beat Four Roads in a county final, but if they can get goals they could be celebrating on home turf.

Verdict: Athleague


Clonoulty-Rossmore v Drom & Inch,

Semple Stadium, 3.30

Beaten finalists last year, Clonoulty ousted Sarsfields in a bad-tempered semi-final and will fancy their chances. Timmy Hammersley and Ciaran Quirke will have to be stopped for Clonoulty, while Seamus Callanan (pictured left) is key for Drom & Inch, who look to have a slight edge.

Odds: Clonoulty Rossmore 11/10, Drom & Inch 5/6, Draw 9/1

Verdict: Drom&Inch


Ballygunner v Tallow, Walsh Park, 3.30

Tallow are the surprise package this season, but it will be tough to stop Ballygunner reclaiming the title they lost to De La Salle last season. They got the better of the champions in the semi-final and after Robert Cunningham, Willie Kiely and Barry Coughlin repelled John Mullane and Co in that game, they'll have little to fear here.

Odds: Ballygunner 1/4, Tallow 10/3, Draw 11/1

Verdict: Ballygunner


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