Friday 23 February 2018

All-Ireland IHC final (Extra-time if necessary)


Kilkenny v Clare, Semple Stadium, 7.0, D Kirwan (Cork)

Despite being barred from selecting players from senior clubs, Kilkenny have an admirable record at this level with Willie O'Dwyer, who was involved with the senior side for a couple of seasons, their best-known player.

Clare have been impressive in their campaign to date. Niall Gilligan has rolled back the years with some vintage displays for Kevin Kennedy's side and with Clare having three games under their belts to Kilkenny's one, the Banner have a real advantage.

Verdict: Clare.

All-Ireland Minor 'B' HC final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Meath v Roscommon, The Downs, Westmeath, 6.45, C Browne (Galway)

After reaching last year's All-Ireland semi-final where they were beaten by Kildare, Roscommon's young guns went one better this time around when beating the same opposition, with Hugh Rooney to the fore.

Meath hammered Armagh in their semi-final thanks largely to the efforts of James Toher and Ciaran Fitzsimons and they can edge it here.

Verdict: Roscommon.

All-Ireland Minor 'C' HC final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Wicklow v Sligo, The Downs, Westmeath, D Hughes (Carlow)

Gary Cadden and Jonny Durkin were in good form for Sligo as they beat Mayo to help see them through to this stage. Wicklow came out in their group in convincing fashion and have enjoyed success at schools level and that can prove decisive.

Verdict: Wicklow.


All-Ireland MFC semi-final

(Extra-time if necessary)

Dublin v Galway, Croke Park, 1.30, R O'Donnell (Donegal) *LIVE RTE2

From a long way out, Dublin have looked dead certs to win this competition and are priced at 1/5 to lift the Tom Markham Cup.

Their performance against Cork was remarkable as they held the Rebels scoreless for the first half. Galway have classy performers in Shane Walsh and James Shaughnessy but while carrying the favourites tag into minor games has often shown to be perilous, Dublin can advance past the beaten Connacht finalists.

Odds: Dublin 1/5 Galway 4/1 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Dublin.

Irish Independent

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