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GAA Matchbox.. the stats / analysis on this weekend's games: May 25 and 26 2019

BAN: Carlow coach Steven Poacher must watch from the sidelines Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Compiled by Padraig Kelly


Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final

Antrim v Tyrone

(Athletic Grounds, 6pm, live on BBC2)

COLM Cavanagh has been named in the Tyrone team with Brian Kennedy the man to drop out from their harder than expected win over Derry. Antrim have made a switch in goals from their last League game with Patrick Nugent replacing Andrew Hasson. The Saffrons opted for a very defensive approach against Down last year in their Ulster opener and are likely to be in conservative mode once again here. Like Derry, a competitive loss wouldn’t be the worst outcome for them.

Odds: Antrim: 20/1 D: 40/1 Tyrone: 1/80

Verdict: Tyrone

Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-finals

Carlow v Meath

(O’Moore Park, 5pm)

CARLOW’S build up to the game has been dominated by their unsuccessful appeals against the suspensions imposed on midfielder Brendan Murphy, manager Turlough O’Brien and selector Steven Poacher. They must put that to the side now and focus on a Meath team that very nearly fell to Offaly last time out. Meath have never lost to Carlow in the Championship and won their last outing by a massive 28 points back in 2014. They’ll get their fill of it this time though but they’ll still progress.

Odds: Carlow: 15/2 D: 14/1 Meath: 1/10

Verdict: Meath

Dublin v Louth

(O’Moore Park, 7pm)

DUBLIN’S five-in-a-row bid begins tonight against Louth and it’s unlikely to be anything other than a stroll in the park for Jim Gavin’s side. The manager said that Rory O’Carroll will not walk straight back into the team but he may see some action in what would be his first Dublin appearance since the 2015 All-Ireland final. Louth had a heartening comeback win against Wexford and they have done well under new boss Wayne Kierans, but a heavy defeat is inevitable here.

Odds: Dublin: 1/100 D: 50/1 Louth: 25/1

Verdict: Dublin

Joe McDonagh Cup round three

Westmeath v Kerry

(TEG Cusack Park, 3pm)

THESE sides had contrasting opening rounds with Kerry losing by 14 points to Antrim while Westmeath were 13-point winners against Offaly. The Kingdom have a long absentee list including Jason Diggins, Daithi Griffin, Brandon Barrett and Fionnán Mackessy, and this looks a bridge too far.

Odds: H: 1/5 D: 11/1 A: 4/1

Verdict: Westmeath

Lory Meagher Cup round two

Fermanagh v Lancashire

(Brewster Park, 1pm)

FERMANAGH produced a fine second-half comeback against Cavan last weekend as they took control and held their opponents scoreless for the final 26 minutes. Lancashire, meanwhile, were pushed very hard by Leitrim in Manchester with Ronan Crowley’s free-taking getting them over the line.

Verdict: Fermanagh

Leitrim v Cavan

(Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 3pm)

BOTH sides are chasing their first points despite promising performances last week. Cavan led Fermanagh by five points early in the second half but fell apart after that. Leitrim, who had Cathal O’Donovan sent off in the 45th minute, lost by two points to Lancashire. Manager Martin Cunniffee hit out at the fact that there were no official umpires or linesmen appointed for that game.

Verdict: Leitrim


Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final

Fermanagh v Donegal

(Brewster Park, 4pm, live on BBC2)

FERMANAGH had the best defensive record across the four divisions of the National League and their hopes of an upset rely on their ability to frustrate the Donegal attack. That’s easier said than done though with Paddy McBrearty expected to make his long awaited return to the Tir Chonaill side after recovering from the cruciate injury suffered in last year’s Ulster final. Donegal won that game by 12 points and while this match should be much closer, the outcome shouldn’t change.

Odds: H: 9/2 D: 11/1 A: 1/5

Verdict: Donegal

Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-finals

Westmeath v Laois

(Bord Na Mona O Connor Park, 2pm)

THESE sides know each other well after two Division Three meetings. Wsetmeath won both of those, including the final, but they will need to be wary of the sting in the tail. Laois boss John Sugrue has claimed they are trying to bring something different to the game, and he has shown enough in his short career to suggest that he can manage that.

Odds: Westmeath: 1/1 D: 15/2 Laois: 11/10

Verdict: Laois

Longford v Kildare

(Bord Na Mona O Connor Park, 4pm)

MAKE no mistake, there’s pressure on Kildare boss Cian O’Neill with fans once again questioning him after they made very hard work of getting past Wicklow last time out. Longford are without a host of players from last year due to retirement and players opting out. Still, they could make this very tricky for the Lilywhites.

Odds: Longford: 3/1 D: 8/1 Kildare: 4/11

Verdict: Kildare

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship round three

Galway v Wexford

(Pearse Stadium, 4pm, live on RTE2)

WEXFORD should still be smarting from their draw with Dublin last week when their opponents scored a goal from a free in the final moments to deny them. Galway weren’t in action last week but Micheál Donoghue will be expecting a better performance after a rather lacklustre opening showing against Carlow.

Odds: H: 2/5 D: 10/1 A: 5/2

Verdict: Galway

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