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Your guide to the weekend GAA action

Derry football manager Rory Gallagher: Can his team upset Donegal in the Ulster semi-final? Photo: Sportsfile


*Extra-time and pens if necessary

Munster SFC semi-final*

Tipperary v Limerick, Thurles, 7.0, P Neilan (Roscommon)

An intriguing repeat of their 2020 semi-final, when Conor Sweeney’s touchline stroke of genius forced extra-time and paved the way for ultimate Munster glory. They were almost inseparable then but Limerick have progressed further in the 18 months since. Tipp must win to avoid the Tailteann Cup but Billy Lee’s men, steeled by their dramatic penalty triumph over Clare, have momentum.

Odds: Tipperary 5/6 Draw 7/1 Limerick 5/4

Verdict: Limerick

Leinster SHC Rd 4

Laois v Galway, O’Moore Park, 5.0, S Cleere (Kilkenny)

No chance that Cheddar will give Henry Shefflin the silent handshake treatment here – the Laois boss has enough on his plate trying to sort out his sieve-like defence.

Odds: Laois 20/1 Draw 40/1 Galway 1/100

Verdict: Galway

Westmeath v Wexford, Cusack Park, 6.30, S Hynes (Galway)

Joe Fortune’s rank outsiders have already offered brave resistance on home turf, against Kilkenny and Dublin, and will hope for more of the same. But Wexford can’t afford to slip up and they won’t.

Odds: Westmeath 14/1 Draw 28/1 Wexford 1/50

Verdict: Wexford

Dublin v Kilkenny, Parnell Park, 7.0, T Walsh (Waterford), Sky

Dublin craved a Donnycarney statement in March only to suffer a bruising 13-point defeat. How much has changed since? Well, Mattie Kenny’s men are motoring well, but the two biggest challenges await. The Cats have lost in Galway (don’t mention the war) and another slip-up here would mean they have to beat Wexford to stay in the race.

Odds: Dublin 2/1 Draw 9/1 Kilkenny 1/2

Verdict: Kilkenny

Joe McDonagh Cup SH Rd 4

Kerry v Offaly, Austin Stack Park, 1.0, R McGann (Clare)

A critical game likely to decide who joins Antrim in the final. It could be fraught, and close.

Odds: Kerry 15/8 Draw 9/1 Off’ 1/2

Verdict: Offaly

Carlow v Down, Dr Cullen Park, 2.0, K Jordan (Tipperary)

At home, Carlow have to win to keep their slim final hopes alive.

Odds: Carlow 1/2 Draw 9/1 Down 15/8

Verdict: Carlow

Christy Ring Cup Rd 5

Kildare v Sligo, St Conleth’s Park, 12.0, R Fitzsimons (Offaly)

Verdict: Kildare

Mayo v Derry, MacHale Park, 1.0, B Keon (Galway)

Verdict: Mayo

London v Wicklow, Ruislip, 1.0, T Gleeson (Dublin)

Verdict: London

Nickey Rackard Cup SH Rd 5

Fermanagh v Roscommon, Brewster Park, 3.30, K Parke (Antrim)

Verdict: Roscommon

Tyrone v Donegal, Carrickmore, 3.30, J Judge (Mayo)

Verdict: Donegal

Warwickshire v Armagh, Páirc Na hÉireann, 3.30, K Brady (Louth)

Verdict: Armagh

Lory Meagher Cup SH Rd 5

Cavan v Longford,
Breffni Park, 12.30, A McAleer (Donegal)

Verdict: Longford

Monaghan v Lancashire, Inniskeen, 12.30, J Clarke (Cavan)

Verdict: Monaghan

Leitrim v Louth, Ballinamore, 12.30, C Flynn (Westmeath)

Verdict: Leitrim

Eirgrid All-Ireland U-20 FC final*

Kildare v Tyrone, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 5.0, TG4

Tyrone faced the more daunting semi-final but the brilliance of Ruairí Canavan (yes, another son of Peter) helped them to squeeze past Kerry. They can expect another fierce examination from Leinster’s finest.

Odds: Tyrone 8/11 Draw 7/1 Kil’ 6/4

Verdict: Tyrone

Ulster MFC Rd 3

Cavan v Antrim, Breffni Park, 3.30, D Boylan (Monaghan)

Verdict: Cavan

Monaghan v Donegal, Clones, 3.0, B McMenamin (Cavan)

Verdict: Monaghan

Leinster Ladies SFC

Meath v Westmeath, Navan, 3.0

Their respective results against Dublin tell you all you need to know about the gulf that now exists here.

Verdict: Meath

Ulster Ladies JFC final

Antrim v Fermanagh, Omagh, 6.0

Verdict: Antrim

Ulster Ladies IFC final

Down v Tyrone, Omagh, 8.0

Verdict: Tyrone

Munster Snr Camogie Final

Cork v Clare, Páirc Uí Rinn, 6.0

Verdict: Cork


Ulster SFC semi-final*

Monaghan v Derry, Athletic Grounds, 4.0, D Gough (Meath), BBC2

A fascinating chess battle on paper, whose outcome could remain a mystery most of the way. Derry’s belief in Rory Gallagher’s methods have received the ultimate boost – an 11-point thrashing of the All-Ireland champions. On the same weekend, Monaghan made light work of a hopelessly bereft Down. They’ve survived (again) in Division 1, and Banty’s varied inside options can pose far more of a threat than Tyrone’s blunted attack. Enough to win it? Only just.

Odds: Monaghan 4/5 Draw 15/2 Derry 11/8

Verdict: Monaghan

Leinster SFC semi-final*

Kildare v Westmeath, Croke Park, 2.15, S Hurson (Tyrone)

Straight up, Westmeath should have won this fixture last summer. Equally straight up, their 2022 form has been hit-and-miss whereas Kildare, under Glenn Ryan, are showing more intensity, energy and scoring prowess.

Odds: Kildare 1/6 Draw 12/1 Westmeath 11/2

Verdict: Kildare

Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, 4.30, D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

The Royals’ rousing second-half comeback last July masks how totally outclassed they had been in the first half. That game hinted at Dublin’s spectacular 2021 decline; but with Brian Fenton and Con O’Callaghan in the groove against Wexford, they appear to be edging back to a better place. And if that’s true, Meath won’t last the pace.

Odds: Dublin 1/14 Draw 20/1 Meath 8/1

Verdict: Dublin

Munster SHC Rd 3

Waterford v Cork, Walsh Park, 2.0, J Owens (Wexford), RTÉ2

The Rebels are on the brink of falling – who would have thought it last August? Maybe impending doom will ignite something deep within them against the Déise; but they are facing a serious outfit who can’t afford a slip-up either, so we’re not banking on a Cork win.

Odds: Waterford 2/5 Draw 10/1 Cork 5/2

Verdict: Waterford

Clare v Limerick, Cusack Park, 4.0, C Lyons (Cork), RTÉ2

Brian Lohan’s Banner have been the surprise act, so far. We’ll know more about their credentials tomorrow, even if a Limerick side already sure of top-three qualification could be excused falling shy of their usual tunnel-vision focus.

Odds: Clare 15/8 Draw 9/1 Limerick 8/15

Verdict: Limerick

Joe McDonagh Cup SH Rd 4

Meath v Antrim, Navan, 1.0, C Mooney (Dublin)

Results don’t lie. Nor will this one.

Odds: Meath 16/1 Draw 33/1 Antrim 1/100

Verdict: Antrim

Connacht Ladies SFC final

Galway v Mayo, Tuam, 4.0

The Tribeswomen are going for a (long-delayed) four-in-a-row but, in their February league meeting, Mayo went goal-crazy.

Verdict: Mayo

Munster Ladies SFC s-final

Waterford v Cork, Fraher Field, 2.0

Verdict: Cork

Leinster Ladies IFC s-final

Kildare v Wexford, Cullen Pk, 4.0

Verdict: Kildare

Connacht Ladies IFC final

Leitrim v Roscommon, Tuam, 2.0

Verdict: Roscommon