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What time, what channel, team news and all you need to know about Cavan v Westmeath


The Tailteann Cup. Picture: Sportsfile

The Tailteann Cup. Picture: Sportsfile

The Tailteann Cup. Picture: Sportsfile

The first ever Tailteann Cup final tales place this weekend with Cavan up against Westmeath at Headquarters. Here’s all you need to know about the game.

Where and when is it on?

Saturday’s match takes place at Croke Park in Dublin with a 3.00pm throw-in.

What’s the team news?

We'll bring you team news from both camps as soon as it's released.

Where can I watch the game?

The match is being shown on RTE 2 from 2.30pm as a double header with the Derry v Galway All-Ireland semi-final which throws in at 5.30pm. It will be streamed through the RTE Player.

What can I read about and listen to on Independent.ie?

Colm Keys has been talking to Oisin Kiernan, who resumed his career with Cavan in 2020 after overcoming cancer the previous year and is hoping to add a Tailteann Cup medal to the Ulster title in he won in 2020,

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For the Wetsmeath perspective, Frank Roche has spoken to Ronan O'Toole about the character in their squad.

And Saturday's winners are in line for a €60,000 top-up towards their end-of-year team trip.

Earlier in the week, two-time Ulster title winner Dick Clerkin gave his predictions for both of this weekend's All-Ireland semi-finals, as has Tommy Conlon.

'The melee gave them a new cause and if they were down about squandering that big lead, it all disappeared with the gouging of Comer.'

In their Sunday Independent columns, Colm O'Rourke covered Galway and how they were galvanised by what happened at full-time in their quarter-final with Armagh, while Joe Brolly had his say on where he believes the responsibility lies.

Donnchadh Boyle also has his regular weekend wrap-up for you.

For the latest on all the GAA action you can listen to The Throw-In podcast.

Vincent Hogan and John Mullane join Will Slattery and Michael Verney on this week’s edition to discuss the hurling semi finals and to look ahead to the Limerick v Kilkenny final.

Plus on Philly McMahon’s weekly show he gives his take on the Football Championship. This episode sees Philly join Sinéad Kissane and the Irish Independent’s Conor McKeon to preview the weekend semis. He explains how the Dubs can get at the Kerry defence and also how he would approach marking David Clifford.

For more from The Throw-In visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/

What are the match odds?

Cavan are favourites at 8/13 with Westmeath 13/8. The draw after 70 minutes is 15/2., with the Breffni County 8/15 to lift the cup and the Lake County 11/8.

What are the camps saying?

Mikey Graham:

“It is a bit like the FA Cup over in England, Liverpool and Man City in the early stages of the competition, they will throw out maybe half their reserve squad but once they get to a FA Cup semi-final or final, you can see all the first team players returning.

“The reality is that there is a cup there to be won and then they take it serious.”

Ronan O’Toole:

“It’s probably going to be the most packed Croke Park that we’ve played in.

“There’s just a great feeling in the county at the minute when you see the bunting up and levels of support around the county. It’s just brilliant and something this county hasn’t seen in almost 20 years.”

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