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Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL

TYRONE v MONAGHAN

4pm, Today, Croke Park

Anyone you talk to, be they wearing a Red Hand Tattoo or the most rabid Monaghan supporter ever, whistling a medley of Big Tom’s Greatest Hits, nobody is confident of this one. There is so much at stake, that it will come down to the most random thing ever – human error. Both teams are equipped with clever management and stellar talents, and both have a strong kickout game and will have goalkeepers supporting the open play. We say Tyrone as we fancy them to hold their nerve.     

VERDICT: Tyrone   

NICKY RACKARD FINAL

TYRONE v MAYO

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1.30pm, Today, Croke Park

Just soon after Tyrone captain Damian Casey lambasted the county board prior to the leagues starting for a lack of ambition in filling the managerial position, they announced Michael McShane. With his successes in charge of Slaughtneil, he clearly has a huge talent and did some smart recruiting by getting CJ McGourty on board. Tyrone scored a league victory over Mayo a couple of seasons back, but they are a different animal now.

VERDICT: Mayo

LORY MEAGHER FINAL

FERMANAGH v CAVAN

6.30pm, Today, Croke Park

A narrow loss to Cavan in their group game, meant Fermanagh had to go the hard road to get back to Croke Park for their second final in succession. Wins over Monaghan and Longford, both who operate at a higher league level, has given them much in the way of belief. With all players fit and Kevin McGarry recovered from an eye injury, they could add to their 2015 triumph.

VERDICT: Fermanagh

CHRISTY RING FINAL

 DERRY v OFFALY

1pm, Tomorrow, Croke Park

The Christy Ring Cup has found itself in an odd position of having five teams this year. In their group, Derry beat Wicklow and Roscommon, before disposing of Sligo in the semi-final. 

Offaly annihilated Sligo in their single ‘group’ game, before pasting Roscommon. Under Michael Fennelly, they badly need a cup of this kind to begin a climb back into the light. As polished as Derry have been so far under Dominic McKinley, it probably ends here.

VERDICT: Offaly

LEINSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL

DUBLIN v KILDARE

4pm, Tomorrow, Croke Park

One wonders what goes on inside the dressing rooms of Dublin right now. You have bookmakers trying to drum up some publicity by making Kerry favourites for Sam after beating a wretched Cork, knowing full well they will have Dublin back in pole position come Sunday evening. Eric Lowndes dropping off the panel is the latest mark in the debit column used to construct an argument that they are finished. The truth is, we will not know that until they face Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final.

VERDICT: Dublin
LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP

ARMAGH v MEATH

2pm, Tomorrow, Clones

On paper and in any other year this might be a gimme for Armagh, but the progress of Meath over the last18 months or so deserves recognition.

The form Armagh, and Aimee Mackin in particular are in, they have designs on going all the way. Recent additions and enhancements to their backroom team would suggest they are coming good at the right time. 

VERDICT: Armagh

DONEGAL v DUBLIN

4pm, Monday, Carrick-on-Shannon

The four-in-a-row All-Ireland champions are a serious outfit by any stretch of the imagination.

But what happens when you have Sinead Goldrick, launchpad of many attacks, and their most tigerish presence in Lauren Magee both in Australia?

Donegal will feel they are in with a chance here, with a clean bill of health. 

VERDICT: Donegal

CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIP

DOWN v DUBLIN

5pm, Today, Newry

This represents a huge opportunity for Derek Dunne’s Down camogs to get some points on the board after opening round defeats to Waterford and Cork. The performances however have been encouraging, even without Paula O’Hagan and Sara-Louise Carr in the last game. Dublin have lost heavily to both Waterford and Cork and will not relish this. 

VERDICT: Down

CORK v ANTRIM

1pm, Tomorrow, Cork Camogie Grounds

Cork have considerable success with their second string in this Intermediate competition, beating Down in a recent All-Ireland final. Antrim – despite missing some players through Covid – beat Kilkenny last weekend in Dunloy, but this could be a stretch. 

VERDICT: Cork

KERRY v DERRY

2pm, Today, Lixnaw

Both teams have started the campaign with a win each, Derry over Laois while Kerry triumphed over Tipp. The  journey might  ta k e an effect   thou  gh   .  

VERDICT: Kerry


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