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John Campbell's predictions for all the weekend action.


AIB Ulster Club Football Championship semi-finals.

Crossmaglen Rangers v Dromore St Dympna's

(Clones 2.15pm)

It's the seasoned campaigners against the newcomers, the old against the new. Rangers are old hands at this, having amassed five provincial titles within the last decade while Dromore have arrived in from the cold to win the Tyrone crown for the first time. They have already suggested that their honours achievements may not end there but then it's fair to say that they have not quite encountered a side of Rangers formidable pedigree. Dromore will bring plenty to the table, certainly in terms of spirit and desire, but Cross are still likely to dine out on yet another win.

Verdict: Rangers to win by two points.

St Galls v Glenullin

(Healy Park, Omagh 2.15pm)

St Galls have made a habit of winning Antrim titles since the turn of the century and while this certainly bolsters their confidence, they will be facing a Glenullin outfit who turned in a superb performance to win the Derry title for the first time sine 1985. St Galls have experience, craft and skill but Glenullin have their own assets - a wonderful team spirit, a sharp attack and plenty of resilience.

Verdict: St Galls to win by two points

Ulster Intermediate Football Championship semi-finals

Newbridge v Dunloy

(Casement Park 12.30pm)

Derry champions Newbridge face surprise packet Dunloy in what should prove a lively battle. Newbridge contain a generous ration of experience and this should stand them in good stead.

Verdict: Newbridge to win by four points

Fanad Gaels v Ballinagh

(Casement Park 2.15pm)

Fanad Gaels have got to this stage of the competition the hard way and face a huge challenge against Cavan aces Ballinagh who looked very comfortable in winning their county championship.

Verdict: Ballinagh to win by three points

AIB Ulster Junior Football Championship semi-finals

Rock v Killesandra

(Clones 12.30pm)

Tyrone champions Rock have been making waves recently and if they maintain this form, then they should have something to spare over their Cavan rivals.

Verdict: Rock to win by four points

Aughnamullan v Naomh Mhuire

(Healy Park, Omagh 12.30pm)

Monaghan title-holders Aughnamullan will travel to Omagh fortified by impressive credentials to face the Donegal representatives who may not quite have the fire-power to make the final.

Verdict: Aughnamullan to win by three points

Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-final replays

Seneschalstown v St Vincent's

(Navan 2.15pm)

Meath champions Seneschalstown will relish the task of confronting the Dublin kingins at home and this indeed could prove a big spur in helping to take them into the final.

Verdict: Seneschalstown to win by two points

Dromard v Moorefield

(Longford 2.15pm)

Kildare representatives Moorefield should have made the most of their chance last week-end - they are unlikely to fail this time although Dromard will be difficult to overcome.

Verdict: Moorefield to win by three points

Connacht Senior Hurling Championship Final

Portumna v James Stephens

(Athleague 2pm)

Portumna's experience and class should see them safely into the All Ireland semi-finals given that Athleague lack big-match experience.

Verdict: Portumna to win by eight points

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals

Ballyhale Shamrocks v Birr

(Nowlan Park 2.15pm)

It's a clash of old rivals, the Kilkenny side boasting a number of All Ireland winners and the Birr outfit relying on a number of old hands. Ballyhale may have the edge, though - as you would expect given the dominance the Cats currently enjoy in all spheres.

Verdict: Ballyhale to win by four points

Ballyboden St Enda's v Camross

The Dublin club have been making big headway on the hurling front but Camross have been supplying the bulk of their players to the Laois side and they may come good here.

Verdict: Camross to win by three points

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