HERE’S a question for you. How does a man who has given Cork the runaround at Croke Park and scored 3-7 in an All-Ireland club final find himself turning out in front of two men and a dog in hurling’s fourth tier competition?
Nicky Rackard Cup round 2A: Derry v Longford (tomorrow, 3pm, Owenbeg) CALL it the weight of expectation or call it the comfort of coming at things with a strong hand but either way, Derry know what they’ve produced over the last fortnight will not do.
Christy Ring Cup round 2A: Antrim v Down (today, Cushendall, 2pm) ON current form Antrim, riding high with just one defeat all year and two trophies already in the bag, should win comfortably against a Down outfit that is short on resources and struggling to find form.
EirGrid All-Ireland U21 Football Championship final: Dublin v Galway (today, O'Connor Park, 5pm, live on TG4) GIVEN the recent history of the competition, it’s not entirely surprising that the Clarke Cup will be residing in Dublin or Galway after this evening’s U21 final in Tullamore.
Sidelines (Ulster u-17 fixtures must be included) TODAY Christy Ring Cup Round 2A Kildare v Wicklow (Newbridge, 3pm) KILDARE stumbled past Mayo last week in a game they were expected to win and manager Joe Quaid will be hoping for much better today.