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Experience will go out the window against Armagh says Tyrone coach Dermot Carlin

Pádraig Ó Meiscill
Ulster U20 FC quarter-final: Armagh v Tyrone (Today, Athletic Grounds, 1pm) THE fact that Tyrone have a core of star players from last year’s Ulster Championship success may seem like an advantage to most observers, but Dermot Carlin insists experience will go out the window once the ball is thrown in at the Athletic Grounds today.

Conor Deegan has braced himself and Down for the perfect storm

Pádraig Ó Meiscill
Ulster U20 FC quarter-final: Cavan v Down (Today, Breffni Park, 1pm) DOWN boss Conor Deegan says the GAA’s “perfect storm” of fixtures congestion could be made even worse if bad weather was to force the postponement of any Ulster U20 FC quarter-finals for the second time in the space of a week.

Down finishers to see them past Longford

Cahair O'Kane
Allianz Football League Division Three: Down v Longford (tonight, 7pm, Páirc Esler) IN winning their must-win game against Derry, it must have felt a strange sensation for Down to be heading into the break knowing they were back behind the Oak Leafers in the table.

Division Two leaders Armagh face difficult trip to Westmeath

Andy Watters
Allianz National Football League Division Two, round four: Westmeath v Armagh (tomorrow, TEG Cusack Park, 2pm) ARMAGH’S assured performance against Kildare a fortnight ago reinforced the belief that their surprise loss in Laois the previous weekend had been a temporary blip and so the team should travel to Mullingar with full confidence restored.

Fermanagh host Cavan in Division Two derby showdown

Andy Watters
Allianz National Football League Division Two, round four: Fermanagh v Cavan (Brewster Park, 7pm) (Andy Watters, 600-word preview) FOR the first 105 minutes (give or take a bit of added-time) of this League campaign, Cavan looked nailed-on for relegation.

Monaghan look to break Mayo's winning run in top flight Clones battle

Andy Watters
Allianz National Football League Division One, round four: Monaghan v Mayo (tomorrow, Clones, 2pm, deferred coverage on TG4) MONAGHAN were widely tipped for relegation at the start of the season and, despite their good start, the Farneymen need to keep their heads down as they begin the second chapter of an enthralling top flight saga.

Donegal prepped and ready to go thanks to Leo Murphy Cup

Pádraig Ó Meiscill
Ulster U20 FC quarter-final: Donegal v Monaghan (Today, Ballyshannon, 1pm) DONEGAL U20 manager Shaun Paul Barrett says his squad’s involvement in the Leo Murphy Cup was an invaluable asset to their preparations for the Ulster Championship.

Feb 22: NHL Matchbox: Derry aiming for big win

Compiled by Padraig Kelly
National Hurling League Division 2B: Derry v Warwickshire (today, Celtic Park, 1pm) DERRY remain joint top of Division 2B on four points, despite last weekend’s crunch clash with Kildare being called off due to the impact of Storm Dennis, writes Pádraig Ó Meiscill.

Feb 22: NFL Matchbox: Down hoping to boost promotion chances

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE TODAY Division One Dublin v Donegal (Croke Park, 7pm) DUBLIN haven’t lost to Donegal in their last seven encounters, winning six and drawing one, but maybe there is just a chink of light there for Declan Bonner’s side.