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Henry Shefflin's Galway can guarantee their place in the Leinster SHC final against Dublin today. Photo: Sportsfile

Henry Shefflin's Galway can guarantee their place in the Leinster SHC final against Dublin today. Photo: Sportsfile

Henry Shefflin's Galway can guarantee their place in the Leinster SHC final against Dublin today. Photo: Sportsfile


Leinster SHC round 5
Kilkenny v Wexford, Nowlan Park, 6.0, F Horgan (Tipperary), Sky Sports

Two teams who are looking to secure their progress, though Kilkenny are in a much healthier position. Only defeat here and a draw or a win for Dublin would see them tied on six points with Wexford, where the Slaneysiders would advance on the head-to-head rule. For Wexford, who are coming off the back of a draw with Westmeath, only a win will keep their season alive.

Verdict: Kilkenny

Galway v Dublin, Pearse Stadium, 6.0, J Murphy (Limerick)

A draw would be a enough for Dublin for third place at least, and it might be enough for a Leinster final spot if Wexford win in Kilkenny. Defeat for Dublin would mean they need either a draw or a Kilkenny win in Nowlan Park, as a three-way tie would see Dublin go out on score difference. Galway are already assured of progress but can nail down a Leinster final spot for manager Henry Shefflin.

Verdict: Galway

Laois v Westmeath, O’Moore Park, 6.0, C Cunning (Antrim)

Kerry getting to a Joe McDonagh final earlier in the day could offer a stay of execution but otherwise it would be straightforward here, with the losers dropping down to the Joe McDonagh Cup. Westmeath should be bouncing after holding Wexford.

Verdict: Westmeath

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Tailteann Cup prel. Round*
Wicklow v Waterford,
Aughrim, 3.0, D Coldrick

The first ball of the brand new competition will be kicked in Aughrim with Wicklow, after their big win over Laois, having the better form of late.

Verdict: Wicklow

Joe McDonagh Cup Round 5
Antrim v Kerry, Corrigan Park, 1.0, J Keenan (Wicklow)

Antrim are already assured of a final spot, while Kerry need to win here and hope Carlow take out Offaly to bring it to score difference for the other spot.

Verdict: Antrim

Offaly v Carlow, O’Connor Park, 1.0, C Lyons (Cork)

A draw will be enough to secure a final spot and a place in the All-Ireland series for Michael Fennelly’s Offaly.

Verdict: Offaly

Down v Meath, Ballycran, 1.0, T Gleeson (Dublin)

Meath’s form has been poor throughout this campaign and they are looking at the trap door.

Verdict: Down

Christy Ring Cup Final*
Kildare v Mayo, Croke Park, 5.0, M Kennedy (Tipperary), Sport TG4

Kildare had an astonishing 30 points to spare when they met in round one and that seems like too much of a gap for Mayo, who are in their first Ring final, to bridge.

Verdict: Kildare

Nickey Rackard Cup Final*
Roscommon v Tyrone, Croke Park, 3.0, C McDonald (Antrim) Sport TG4

Roscommon won when the sides met earlier this month and hit 3-25 last time out but Tyrone’s Damian Casey will need watching.

Verdict: Roscommon

Lory Meagher Cup Final*
Longford v Louth, Croke Park,
1.0, C Flynn (
Sport TG4

Just a point separated the teams when they met in round three last month.

Verdict: Longford

All-Ireland MHC quarter-final Round 1
Galway v Clare, Athenry, 1.0

Ulster MFC semi-finals
Cavan v Derry, Athletic Grounds, 5.0, E Mallon (Armagh)

Donegal v Tyrone, Celtic Park, 7.0, M Moore (Down)


Glen Dimplex Senior Championship

Waterford v Dublin, Walsh Park, 5.0, A Larkin (Cork)

Verdict: Dublin

Wexford v Cork, Bellefield, 5.0, G Donegan (Dublin)

Verdict: Cork

Tipperary v Clare, The Ragg, 5.0 J Heffernan (Wexford)

Verdict: Tipperary

Galway v Limerick, Pearse Stadium, 3.30, A Hogg (Clare)

Verdict: Galway

Down v Kilkenny, Liatroim, 3.0, E Cassidy (Derry)

Verdict: Kilkenny

Offaly v Antrim, Birr, 5.0, B Nea (Westmeath)

Verdict: Offaly


Munster SHC Round 5
Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, 4.0, P O’Dwyer (Carlow), RTÉ2

Clare are already in a Munster final thanks to their performance against Limerick, while Waterford suddenly find themselves fighting for their season. It’s out of their hands and they need to better Cork’s result against Tipp to progress.

Verdict: Clare

Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, 4.0, S Stack (Dublin), RTÉ1

This game was pegged as a dead rubber but Cork are suddenly alive and with their season in their own hands. The only have to match Waterford’s result in Ennis to secure a spot in the preliminary quarter-final, something that seemed unlikely a few weeks ago.

Verdict: Cork

Tailteann Cup Prel Round*
Wexford v Offaly, Enniscorthy, 2.0, M Deegan (Laois)

A repeat of the Leinster clash from a few weeks back when Wexford prevailed. Once again, Shane Roche’s men have home advantage but they know that Offaly will have a much bigger hand to choose from this time around.

Verdict: Offaly

All-Ireland U-20HC final*
Kilkenny v Limerick, Semple Stadium, 1.30, T Walsh (Waterford) TG4

Kilkenny have shown stomach for a fight with a one-point extra-time success in their Leinster semi-final, followed by another minimum margin win in the provincial decider. But Limerick’s form, which has seen them beat Cork, Clare, Waterford and Tipperary, is hard to ignore.

Verdict: Limerick

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TG4 Ulster SFC Final

Armagh v Donegal, Clones, 3.45

Donegal might feel like they should have a Division 1 title under their belt.

Verdict: Donegal

(* Extra-time and winner on day)

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