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GAA Matchbox: weekend analysis at a glance: Dec 14 and 15 2019

FLYNN'S IN: Kildare's Daniel Flynn is due to start against Wicklow having been a late withdrawal against Longford. Picture: Seamus Loughran
By Padraig Kelly

MATCHBOX

O’BYRNE CUP

Westmeath v Meath

(today, Lakepoint Park, 2pm)

MEATH suffered a rare loss to Louth last week but it was a young Royal side with goalkeeper Dominic Yorke and attackers Tomas O’Reilly and Matthew Costello showing well. Westmeath started with a win in Wexford and there was more good news this week as manager Jack Cooney scotched rumours that Kieran Martin would be leaving the panel to go travelling.

Verdict: Westmeath

Wexford v Laois

(today, Enniscorthy, 2pm)

PAUL Galvin’s Wexford tenure started with a three-point loss to Westmeath although the Kerryman opted for a watching brief from the stand with U20 manager Brendan Kehoe running the line. Laois also suffered a home loss as they went down by two points to Offaly. O’Moore boss Mike Quirke will hand debutants to four more players this afternoon.

Verdict: Wexford

Louth v Offaly

(today, Gaelic Grounds, 2pm)

BOTH these sides had good opening away wins with Sam Mulroy’s penalty helping Louth to a win over Meath while Bernard Allen’s seven points gave Offaly the points in Laois. Cian Farrell also grabbed a goal for John Maughan’s side in their 1-17 to 2-12 win.

Verdict: Offaly

Wicklow v Kildare

(today, Aughrim, 2pm)

NEW Kildare boss Jack O’Connor will be expecting much better after the Lilywhites lost by six points to Longford last week. Daniel Flynn has been named at full-forward once again despite being a late withdrawal last weekend. A young Wicklow side lost to Carlow by three points last week and Davy Burke has made a raft of changes for the clash with his native county.

Verdict: Kildare

Longford v Carlow

(tomorrow, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 2pm)

LONGFORD started their 2020 season with a fine win in Newbridge as Daniel Mimnagh and Joe Hagan hit the net in a 2-14 to 0-14 win against Kildare. Two goals also proved crucial for Carlow in their low-scoring victory over Wicklow although Daniel St Ledger’s three-pointer was more than a little fortunate as his ‘45’ somehow deceived everyone and landed in the net.

Verdict: Longford

WALSH CUP

Westmeath v Dublin

(tomorrow, TEG Cusack Park, 1pm)

WESTMEATH are aiming to make it two wins from two after seeing off Carlow in difficult conditions last week. Dublin boss Mattie Kenny has hit out at the idea of December matches so expect an experimental side from him.

Verdict: Westmeath

Carlow v Laois

(tomorrow, Netwatch Cullen Park, 2pm)

CARLOW lost out to Westmeath last weekend and much of that was down to their overreliance on Chris Nolan who scored 11 of their 14 points. Laois’s opener with Dublin last weekend was postponed until January.

Verdict: Carlow

KEHOE CUP

Wicklow v Meath

(tomorrow, Arklow, 2pm)

BOTH these sides here suffered heavy defeats to Antrim so the winner here will advance to the semi-final while a draw would be enough to see Meath progress on scoring difference. Home advantage may just swing this the way of the Royals.

Verdict: Meath

Munster Hurling League

Tipperary v Clare

(tomorrow, Nenagh, 2pm)

TIPP boss Liam Sheedy has shaken up his backroom team on the eve of this match with former player Eoin Kelly moving into a coaching role while Eamon O’Shea has become the new performance director. New Clare boss Brian Lohan has included midfielder David Reidy in his first 15 after the player opted out in 2019.

Verdict: Tipperary

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