SFC Final: Fermanagh v Donegal - Calling the shots
ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
DONEGAL v FERMANAGH
(Sunday, Clones, 2.00pm)
A Fermanagh Ulster title would equate to something along the lines of a Mayo All-Ireland win.
In all the various supplements and features for the build-up to this final, this observer has not seen anybody from outside the county giving them a realistic chance. But that will be music to their ears.
Donegal are coming in fancied and are reckoned to have too much quality in the forward ranks — with Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty, along with Odhran MacNiallais to come in — for Rory Gallagher’s men to hold out forever.
It’s impossible to argue with that logic, but at the same time a Fermanagh win simply would not be the shock of the century. VERDICT: Donegal
ULSTER UNDER-20 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
DERRY v ARMAGH
(Sunday, Clones, 11.45am)
A game that has taken on a life of its own, nobody in either county will ever forget the tumultuous beginnings of the Under-20 grade after Armagh received a raft of suspensions following the scenes against Tyrone in the semi-final.
With their hearings tomorrow, the chances are some more will get off the hook and are free to play on Sunday.
However, there can be no doubt their preparation has been compromised and manpower will be down.
MUNSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
CORK v KERRY
(Saturday, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 7.00pm)
A game not set to get the pulses racing and former Rebels ace Joe Kavanagh said this week that the new Pairc will hardly be half full.
Hard to see anything other than a routine Munster title for Kerry.
LEINSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
DUBLIN v LAOIS
(Sunday, Croke Park, 4.00pm)
One word; Dublin.
ALL-IRELAND QUALIFIERS ROUND TWO
CARLOW v TYRONE
(Saturday, Carlow, 5.00pm)
Carlow will be organised, feisty and in-your-face as they test themselves against a side from the top flight, but looked distinctly average in defeating Meath a fortnight back.
Carlow have progressed well again this year, but Tyrone will have too much discipline to slip. The home side to put up a brave, but ultimately doomed effort here.
CAVAN v DOWN
(Saturday, Brewster Park, 5.00pm)
Down’s effort in the Ulster semi-final speaks of a team that want out of county football for the year and it may appear difficult for Eamonn Burns to sufficiently rouse his men to go on a run through the back door.
Cavan recovered from their own personal horror show against Donegal to wallop Wicklow, and should edge this.
SLIGO v ARMAGH
(Saturday, Sligo, 6.00pm)
Annihilated by Galway in the Connacht semi-final, Sligo are hardly a team that appear to be going places.
In that respect, Armagh and Kieran McGeeney appear to have been lucky in their qualifiers draw, beating the hapless Westmeath in the last round.
WATERFORD v MONAGHAN
(Saturday, Dungarvan, 2.00pm)
The road to redemption begins here for Monaghan, who will take their first steps to the Super 8s.
TIPPERARY v MAYO
(Saturday, Thurles, 5.00pm)
Tipp will make life uncomfortable for the great survivors, but they will prevail.
LEITRIM v LOUTH
(Saturday, Carrick-on-Shannon, 7.00pm)
LONGFORD v KILDARE
(Saturday, Navan, 5.00pm)
OFFALY v CLARE
(Sunday, Tullamore, 1.30pm)