With the GAA Championship season in full swing, teams are gaining momentum and others hanging on for their place in the All-Ireland series for 2019.
Lets take a look at this weekend’s round of games with the Ulster teams continuing their championship journey in both football and hurling, with two cracking Munster hurling contests on Sunday!
Antrim v Offaly-Joe McDonagh Cup-Round 3
The Antrim Hurlers travel to Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park, Tullamore to face an Offaly side in the Joe McDonagh Cup. Can the Saffrons take one step closer to a place in the Leinster Championship?
Antrim sit third on an even keel with Westmeath and Kerry, and Neil Peden’s men will hope to take advantage of a win-less Offaly who sit bottom of the Joe McDonagh recently sacking manager Kevin Martin after two years in charge and a poor run of form.
As slight favorites and with a new manager will come a fresh energy within the camp for the newly appointed Joaquim Kelly at the helm. Antrim don’t tend to travel well, but will hope the experience of Cushendall’s Neil McManus, Paddy Burke and Ballycastle’s Ciaran Clarke mixed with the talent of captain Conor McCann, Eoin O’Neill and Conor Boyd can get the Saffrons another vital two points.
Cavan v Armagh-Ulster Senior Football semi-final
With Tyrone and Donegal progressing to the Ulster Football championship semi-finals last weekend, its the turn of the Orange County and the Lake County to produce some magic of their own.
Armagh the favorites will travel to Clones to take on home-side Cavan at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. Armagh defeated a dogged-Down side that wouldn’t give up the charge, forcing the game into extra time. Kieran McGeeney squad won last time out by a whisker but that won’t matter the Armagh lads.
The former Armagh inter-county footballer now turned manager, has the task of plotting the downfall of a Cavan side led by manager Michael Graham who surprisingly beat 2015 Ulster Football champions Monaghan to weeks ago.
A 1-13 to 0-12 final score rung around Breffni Park two Saturdays ago, with a youthful and spirited Cavan side pushing on to defeat Malachy O’Rourke’s men, which begged the question ‘how good is this young Cavan side?’.
Clare v Tipperary-Munster Hurling Championship
A huge clash between consistent Clare and Liam Sheedy’s Tipperary is certainly the featured game of the week! Both sides have enjoyed a rich vein of form.
Tipp travel to Ennis off the back of two fine championship wins, the first a 36-18 destruction over division 1B Waterford and a 34-27 victory against Cork last time out. Clare themselves begun their Munster championship off to a flying start, beating Waterford by a single score.
Clare will look to rely on the scores of Tony Kelly, Ian Galvin and Shane McDonnell who have proved to be a thorn in the side for opposition teams. While Tipp’s John O’Dwyer, Jason Forde, John McGrath and Maher relations in Paidraic, Ronan and Brendan have been a dominant dynamic, how will Clare’s defense hold up?
Carlow v Dublin-Leinster Hurling championship
Waterford v Limerick-Munster Hurling championship
Cork v Limerick-Munster Football championship
Clare v Kerry-Munster Football championship