Football

National Leagues: What’s on the box this weekend?

The Allianz NFL has all sorts of permutations in Round 7, while the hurling semi-finals will separate the best from the rest.

Down's Conor Laverty at the start of the GAA Allianz Football  Division Three Round Four game between Down and Offaly  at Páirc Esler, Newry 0n 02-24-2024
Shot at promotion: Down's Conor Laverty at the start of the GAA Allianz Football Division Three Round Four game between Down and Offaly at Páirc Esler, Newry 0n 02-24-2024

The all-Ulster clash of Cavan and Fermanagh will be one of four football matches to be broadcast this weekend, with both Division One Allianz NHL semi-finals also live from Croke Park and Laois Hire O’Moore Park respectively.

Cavan captain Raymond Galligan celebrates after Saturday night's Division Three final win over Fermanagh. Picture by Mark Marlow
In the hotseat: Former Cavan captain and current manager Raymond Galligan celebrates after the 2023 Division Three final win over Fermanagh. Picture by Mark Marlow

Fermanagh will be seeking a victory to secure safety in a repeat of last year’s Division Three final, although they remain without the services of their goalscorer from that occasion, Darragh McGurn.

Cavan have little to play for, but will be hoping to end a decent campaign on a high and avoid a third defeat to Ulster opposition this spring, with a Championship meeting with Monaghan on the horizon.

Louth’s match with relegated Kildare is the other live game in Division Two, as the Wee County aim to avoid joining Glenn Ryan’s charges in the third tier for 2025.

The NHL semis see Limerick meet Kilkenny on Saturday, while Clare face off against Tipperary on Sunday.

Strength to strength: Kilkenny ace Paddy Deegan of O'Loughlin Gaels.

The full TV listings for this weekend’s action are as follows:

SATURDAY, March 23rd

- Allianz Hurling League Division 1: Semi-Final
Limerick v Kilkenny (4:30pm, Supervalu Páirc Uí Chaoimh) Live on TG4

- Allianz Football League Division 2: Round 7
Kildare v Louth (7pm, Netwatch Cullen Park) Live on TG4

Cavan v Fermanagh (7pm, Kingspan Breffni Park) Live on BBC iPlayer

- Ladies National Football League Division 1
Armagh v Dublin (2:45pm, BOX-IT Athletic Grounds) Live on TG4

Armagh’s Clodagh McCambridge stands dejected as Meath players celebrate their win over the Orchard county in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final two years ago. Armagh also lost at the last-eight stage last year, to Kerry, but hope to bury the memories of those defeats when Cork travel to the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds tomorrow		        Picture: Sportsfile
Skipper: Armagh’s Clodagh McCambridge stands dejected as Meath players celebrate their win over the Orchard county in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final. (Picture: Sportsfile)
SUNDAY, March 24th

- Allianz Football League Division 1
Kerry v Galway (1:45pm, Fitzgerald Stadium) Live on TG4

-Allianz Football League Division 3
Down v Clare (2pm, Páirc Esler) Live on TG4 App

-Allianz NHL Division 1: Semi-final
Clare v Tipperary (4pm, Laois Hire O’Moore Park) Live on TG4