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Today: Christy Ring Cup Armagh v Wicklow (Athletic Grounds, Armagh 2.30pm)

WICKLOW lost out to Kildare after a replay and could be feeling the after-effects of this contest while Armagh will be keen to atone for their lapse against Mayo. Home advantage might just tilt the scales in favour of John Lennon's side.

Verdict: Armagh

Kildare v Kerry (Newbridge 2.30pm)

KILDARE'S 'reward' for beating Wicklow is a meeting with the Kingdom who humbled Derry in their last outing and are hardly likely to be halted here.

Verdict: Kerry

Nicky Rackard Cup

Donegal v Louth (Dowdallshill, Dundalk 1.00pm)

DONEGAL have been showing promise under Ray Durack and they could rise to the occasion against the 'Wee County'.

Verdict: Donegal

Lory Meagher Cup Longford v Fermanagh (Longford 2.00pm)

THIS is quite a test for the Erne county who tripped up Warwickshire in their last outing. They might find their hosts too sharp up front, though.

Verdict: Longford

Leitrim v Warwickshire (Carrick-on-Shannon 1.00pm)

BOTH teams now find themselves striving to make progress through the back door and Warwickshire might show sufficient powers of recovery from their defeat to Fermanagh to come out on top.

Verdict: Warwickshire.

Leinster Senior Football Championship Westmeath v Louth (Cusack Park, Mullingar 7.00pm)

FORMER Armagh All-Ireland winner Aidan O'Rourke is hoping the Louth side which he manages can make a championship breakthrough again following the heartbreak they endured in the provincial final a few years ago when they were the victims of rank injustice. There is certainly quality in the Louth side and they have some talented individual players. They will need a big performance and O'Rourke's motivational skills might just elicit this from them.

Verdict: Louth.


Ulster Senior Football Championship Tyrone v Down (Healy Park, Omagh 4.00pm)

THERE could hardly be a better championship opener than this clash between a Tyrone side that has won five titles in the last 14 years and a Down team desperately anxious to end a famine that dates back to 1994 when current manager James McCartan was in the side.

Tyrone have maintained their status in Division One while Down ended their league campaign by losing to Laois and Meath in Division Two. While league form cannot necessarily be taken as a barometer of what might happen tomorrow, nevertheless Tyrone's pedigree is such that their credentials cannot be overlooked.

Verdict: Tyrone

Ulster Minor Football Championship Tyrone v Down (Healy Park, Omagh 2.15pm)

TYRONE reached both the Ulster and All-Ireland finals last year but lost on each occasion. Yet manager Mickey Donnelly believes that his team, which includes a number of players from 2013, can benefit from the experience they gained.

Down manager Shane Mulholland accepts that his side are going into the contest as underdogs and although they reached the Ulster Minor League semi-final, they are not playing with any great level of conviction. They have several promising starlets in their side, though, but Tyrone's overall cohesion might just take them through.

Verdict: Tyrone.

Leinster Senior Football Championship Longford v Offaly (Longford 3.30pm)

LONGFORD have probably performed marginally better than Offaly so far this year and their ability to post points from distance should help them make it into the next stage of the competition.

Verdict: Offaly

Wicklow v Laois (Aughrim 3.30pm)

WICKLOW are well down the pecking order just now while Laois are on a painfully slow rehabilitation but they have the kind of forwards who can shoot the Garden County down.

Verdict: Laois

Connacht Senior Football Championship Roscommon v Leitrim (Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon 3.00pm)

LEITRIM have been showing feisty form recently but Roscommon's win over Cavan in the Division Three final will surely have given them the incentive to now make their play for championship recognition.

Verdict: Roscommon

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship London v Laois (Ruislip 12.30pm)

ANTRIM have a bye this weekend and so can take stock of the two games that are on offer. London fell to the Saffrons at Ballycastle last weekend and may find Laois too crafty for them.

Verdict: Laois.

Carlow v Westmeath (Dr Cullen Park, Carlow)

BOTH teams have had their problems recently and are desperately in search of renewed credibility. Carlow have flattered to deceive to date but they might just scrape home in this one.

Verdict: Carlow

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