Antrim hurling manager Darren Gleeson will share the same goal with Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin today at Darver (2.00).
While Gleeson is particularly keen to see his side land what would be a first win in their Walsh Cup campaign, Shefflin is anxious that the Galway side which he now manages will show they have recovered from their heavy defeat to Dublin last week-end.
Gleeson was unhappy about aspects of his side’s performance against Offaly last Sunday and is keen to see his players step up to the mark against the Tribesmen who have already beaten Offaly in the competition.
Neil McManus and Ciaran Clarke are the players to whom Gleeson is most likely to turn for scores while Shefflin has made it clear that his defence will need to offer much more resistance than they did last week-end.
With both managers already strongly focussed on the Allianz League, today’s game is seen as another important stepping stone in this context.
Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Club Football Championship semi-final Fermanagh and Ulster champions Kinawley will take on Dublin and Leinster title-holders St Sylvester’s at Broomfield tomorrow (1.00).
Joanne Doonan has been an inspirational force in the Kinawley side to date but all the players will require to be on top of their game tomorrow as the St Sylvester’s side has been showing particularly consistent form of late with Sinead Aherne, Niamh McEvoy, Kate Sullivan and Nicole Owens leading the way.
In the All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Club semi-final Monaghan side Carrickmacross Emmets will carry the flag for Ulster against a strong St Jude’s outfit from Dublin that includes several established county players at the St Margaret’s club in Dublin tomorrow (1.00).
The Corn Uan Uladh Camogie final between Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle and St Louis, Ballymena will be staged today at Quinn Park, Ballymena (11.00).
The Ballymena side staged a dramatic recovery to beat a spirited St Patrick’s, Maghera at the semi-final stage and will look to Orlagh Convery, Katie Molloy and Niamh Neeson for inspiration while Cassie McArthur, Fionnuala Kelly, Nuala Devlin and Orlagh Lavery can spearhead the Cross and Passion school’s challenge for the coveted trophy.