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Declan Bogue previews fixtures in Calling the Shots

Ulster Senior Football Championship, Fermanagh v Monaghan (Tomorrow, Kingspan Breffni Park, 4pm)

Published 20/06/2015

Declan Bogue
Declan Bogue

Drew Wylie’s absence means Monaghan are able to squeeze in Colin Walshe, an All-Star in 2013

Such embarrassment of riches among the Oriel ranks, along with manager Malachy O’Rourke’s meticulous preparation and knowledge of Fermanagh football, backs up the odds surrounding this fixture. Fermanagh have named what appears to be a dummy team and it is expected captain Eoin Donnelly will start. They will need everything at their disposal to remain close.

Ultimately, the replacements will decide this one. While O’Rourke was able to showcase Monaghan’s strength in that sector against Cavan, his opposite number Pete McGrath is notoriously reluctant to use substitutes in tight games, while the final quarter is when the big players and big characters are needed.

For that reason, Monaghan will advance.

VERDICT: Monaghan

Ulster Senior Hurling Championship

Armagh v Down

(Tomorrow, Athletic Grounds, 3.30pm)

Armagh will feel robbed after Roscommon’s last-minute Nicky Rackard smash and grab goal a fortnight ago, but even fired up by that, they will not have enough composure to get the better of Michael Johnston’s outfit.

VERDICT: Down

Derry v Donegal

(Tomorrow, Celtic Park, 3.30pm)

With Tom McClean’s Derry hurting badly from their heavy defeat in the Christy Ring final to Kerry, they are hungry to put things right. Donegal’s lack of game activity in recent weeks will harm them here.

VERDICT: Derry

Connacht Senior Football Championship

Sligo v Roscommon

(Today, Markievicz Park, 7pm)

John Evans has targeted some lofty ambitions in the coming years for Roscommon. He has named two changes from the team that started against London and leaves himself with the luxury of introducing Donie Shine into the fray.

VERDICT: Roscommon

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

Galway v Laois

(Today, O’Connor Park Tullamore, 5pm)

For all the good work achieved by Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett over the last few years with Laois, especially given his walk-out and walk-back-in of recent weeks, they need a statement win over a serious contender for Liam McCarthy.

Galway have been sufficiently conditioned across two games against Dublin to prevent that from happening.

VERDICT: Galway

Kilkenny v Wexford

(Tomorrow, Nowlan

Park, 2pm)

Liam Dunne’s Wexford could be in a better place as they go into this one to face the All-Ireland champions. There will be some turbulence, but otherwise a safe passage for Brian Cody’s men.

VERDICT: Kilkenny

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Limerick v Tipperary

(Tomorrow, Gaelic Grounds Limerick, 4pm)

Beating Clare is not simple, and now Limerick have a home fixture to look forward to. But the added consistency that Tipp boss Eamonn O’Shea has acknowledged in their game, will stand to them.

VERDICT: Tipperary

All-Ireland Football

Qualifiers

Laois v Antrim

(Today, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 2.30pm)

After two games in the last two weekends against a decent Kildare outfit, Laois have got themselves to a pitch where defeat at home appears highly unlikely against an Antrim team who appear lacking in almost all departments.

VERDICT: Laois

London v Cavan

Today, Ruislip, 2pm

It feels like an age since Cavan blew their chance to knock Monaghan out of Ulster, but since then, manager Terry Hyland has reported no annual exodus of players to America and they will be targeting a run in the back door to Croke Park. This is Hyland’s side’s first, gentle step.

VERDICT: Cavan

 

Declan Bogue

 

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Fermanagh v Monaghan

(Tomorrow, Kingspan

Breffni Park, 4pm)

Drew Wylie’s absence means Monaghan are able to squeeze in Colin Walshe, an All-Star in 2013.

Such embarrassment of riches among the Oriel ranks, along with manager Malachy O’Rourke’s meticulous preparation and knowledge of Fermanagh football, backs up the odds surrounding this fixture. Fermanagh have named what appears to be a dummy team and it is expected captain Eoin Donnelly will start. They will need everything at their disposal to remain close.

Ultimately, the replacements will decide this one. While O’Rourke was able to showcase Monaghan’s strength in that sector against Cavan, his opposite number Pete McGrath is notoriously reluctant to use substitutes in tight games, while the final quarter is when the big players and big characters are needed.

For that reason, Monaghan will advance.

VERDICT: Monaghan

Ulster Senior Hurling Championship

Armagh v Down

(Tomorrow, Athletic Grounds, 3.30pm)

Armagh will feel robbed after Roscommon’s last-minute Nicky Rackard smash and grab goal a fortnight ago, but even fired up by that, they will not have enough composure to get the better of Michael Johnston’s outfit.

VERDICT: Down

Derry v Donegal

(Tomorrow, Celtic Park, 3.30pm)

With Tom McClean’s Derry hurting badly from their heavy defeat in the Christy Ring final to Kerry, they are hungry to put things right. Donegal’s lack of game activity in recent weeks will harm them here.

VERDICT: Derry

Connacht Senior Football Championship

Sligo v Roscommon

(Today, Markievicz Park, 7pm)

John Evans has targeted some lofty ambitions in the coming years for Roscommon. He has named two changes from the team that started against London and leaves himself with the luxury of introducing Donie Shine into the fray.

VERDICT: Roscommon

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

Galway v Laois

(Today, O’Connor Park Tullamore, 5pm)

For all the good work achieved by Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett over the last few years with Laois, especially given his walk-out and walk-back-in of recent weeks, they need a statement win over a serious contender for Liam McCarthy.

Galway have been sufficiently conditioned across two games against Dublin to prevent that from happening.

VERDICT: Galway

Kilkenny v Wexford

(Tomorrow, Nowlan

Park, 2pm)

Liam Dunne’s Wexford could be in a better place as they go into this one to face the All-Ireland champions. There will be some turbulence, but otherwise a safe passage for Brian Cody’s men.

VERDICT: Kilkenny

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Limerick v Tipperary

(Tomorrow, Gaelic Grounds Limerick, 4pm)

Beating Clare is not simple, and now Limerick have a home fixture to look forward to. But the added consistency that Tipp boss Eamonn O’Shea has acknowledged in their game, will stand to them.

VERDICT: Tipperary

All-Ireland Football

Qualifiers

Laois v Antrim

(Today, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 2.30pm)

After two games in the last two weekends against a decent Kildare outfit, Laois have got themselves to a pitch where defeat at home appears highly unlikely against an Antrim team who appear lacking in almost all departments.

VERDICT: Laois

London v Cavan

Today, Ruislip, 2pm

It feels like an age since Cavan blew their chance to knock Monaghan out of Ulster, but since then, manager Terry Hyland has reported no annual exodus of players to America and they will be targeting a run in the back door to Croke Park. This is Hyland’s side’s first, gentle step.

VERDICT: Cavan

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