With the Championship kicking off this past weekend the action will continue this Saturday and Sunday. The Joe McDonagh round two of games will continue, the quarter-finals of the Ulster Football championship will kick off and the Leinster and Munster games will continue.
On Saturday at 3pm, the Antrim hurlers are faced with an away trip to Portlaois to face the Laois guided by former All-Ireland winner Eddie Brennan. In round one of the Joe McDonagh the Saffrons convincingly defeated a Kerry side 3-19 to 0-14 to get their campaign off to a flying start.
While Laois overcame Offaly in a high scoring affair with the full-time score reading 4-22 to 3-21. The O’Moore County welcomed key forward Ross King back into the panel after he was unavailable during the league season.
Westmeath had a first-round bye in the opening round and will kick-off their campaign by welcoming Offaly to Mullingar. The away side managed by Kevin Ryan will need to secure victory after a first-round defeat to Laois, only a win will do
Later that night at 7pm live on Sky Sports, the quarter-final of the Ulster Football championship sees Cavan take on Monaghan and on Sunday, Down will take on Armagh in the other quarter-final which will be broadcast on BBC.
Cavan were relegated to division one in the Allianz League, while Monaghan finished sixth in what was a poor campaign for both teams.
Tyrone defeated Derry 1-19 to 1-13 in the preliminary round of the Ulster championship this past Sunday to face Antrim in their quarter-final. Who will progress to the last four?
Back to the hurling, and in the second round of the Munster championship. At 2pm Tipperary welcome Waterford to Thurles, in a game that should provide a high scoring affair! The Premier County defeated Cork last weekend 2-28 to 1-24 and looked excellent, while Waterford were narrowly defeated 1-20 to 0-22 by Clare and need to put in a huge performance.
In the other Munster hurling contest Limerick will start their journey to retain the Liam McCarthy. Cork will travel to the Gaelic Grounds with manager John Meyler needing to rally his troops, to square off against the reigning All-Ireland champions.
Cork will need to put in a much better performance compared to their last outing against Tipperary, and will need more than Patrick Horgan for scores otherwise their championship season will be over early.
The Leinster hurling championship continues with Carlow welcoming Kilkenny to Cullen Park. The Joe McDonagh 2018 winners Carlow fell to a six-point defeat at the hands of Galway last time out, while Kilkenny came back from the brink to beat Dublin 2-23 to 1-21 despite being hit with an injury crisis.
Dublin continues their Leinster championship in the hope to secure a place in the next round, while Wexford began their campaign away at Parnell Park. Davy Fitzgerald’s team look to add to their excellent championship season last year, as Dublin’s reinvented hurlers look to shock the world.
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