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Limerick's Aaron Gillane could give the Laois defence a torrid time tomorrow. Pic Philip Walsh.
Andy Watters


Allianz HL Division 1 quarter-final: Laois v Limerick (O'Moore Park, 7pm, live on TG4)

TOP of Division 1A meets the fourth best in Division 1B in what, let's be honest, should be a total mis-match at O'Moore Park this evening.

All-Ireland champions Limerick should be far too strong for a Laois side that lost their first two League games – Waterford ran them ragged scoring 4-22 – before registering their only win of the season against Offaly.

With Aaron Gillane outstanding, John Kiely's Treatymen got off to a great start in Division 1A with three wins on-the-trot before Cork ended a four-game losing sequence with a three-point win last month.

Limerick needed Gillane to snatch a draw in Ennis last week but they should have too much for Laois this evening.

Prediction: Limerick

Allianz HL Division 2B relegation play-off: Donegal v Warwickshire (Pearse Park, Longford, 12.30pm)

THESE sides met last weekend in the final round of Division 2B fixtures and, after their 16-point win in that game, Donegal go into this evening's rematch as overwhelming favourites.

The Tir Chonaill men have struggled to post-match winning totals this season and lost their first four games but they are up against a Warwickshire defence that has conceded 18 goals and 91 points already this year.

Prediction: Donegal


Allianz HL Division 1A round 5: Cork v Tipperary (Pairc Ui Rinn, 2pm, TG4)

RESCHEDULED after last weekend's bad weather, this clash pits the bottom two in Division 1A against each other.

A poor start to the League saw Cork lose to Kilkenny and Wexford but they have rallied since and beat Clare and All-Ireland champions Limerick in their last two outings. Meanwhile, Tipp began by beating Clare but have lost three on-the-spin against Limerick, Wexford and Kilkenny (the last two by just a point).

Prediction: Cork

Allianz HL Division 1A round 5: Wexford v Kilkenny (Innovate Wexford Park, 2pm, TG4)

THERE might not be much in this one as two evenly-matched sides battle it out with the winner certain of a place in the League quarter-finals.

Both sides have beaten Cork and Tipp and lost to Clare and Limerick and they will hope to lay down markers ahead of their Leinster Championship meeting in June.

Prediction: Kilkenny

Allianz HL Division 1B round 5: Waterford v Galway (Walsh Park, 2pm)

GALWAY, the only unbeaten side in the top two divisions, travel to Walsh Park to take on a free-flowing Waterford side that has handed out a few tankings this season before Dublin halted their run last time out despite 3-9 from the Bennett brothers, Shane and Stephen.

Meanwhile, Galway hold a win over the Dubs and have also accounted for Laois and Wicklow but drew with Carlow.

Prediction: Waterford

Allianz HL Division 1B relegation play-off: Offaly v Carlow (O'Connor Park, 2pm)

THESE sides met last weekend and Offaly registered their first win of the season with a 4-8 to 1-10 success at Dr Cullen Park. That match was a dress-rehearsal for tomorrow's relegation showdown and Carlow, whose two points have come from draws with Galway and Westmeath, will hope to reverse the result in Tullamore.

Offaly were humbled by Waterford in their League opener but four goals saw them past Carlow, who were promoted from 2A last year.

Prediction: Offaly

Allianz HL Division 2A final: Westmeath v Kerry (Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm)

ONLY Sligo, in Division 3B, can match Westmeath's 100 per cent record this year and it includes a 4-13 to 2-17 over Kerry, their opponents in tomorrow's final, at Austin Stack Park.

That was the Kingdom's only defeat and they have returned to winning ways since then with victories over Mayo, London and Meath.

Westmeath lost to Carlow in last year's final. They have had to battle to get here and there was only a puck of the ball between them and Meath, Antrim and Kerry this year so another tight affair is expected.

Prediction: Westmeath

Allianz HL Division 2A round 2: London v Mayo (McGovern Park, 1pm)

THIS is a relegation shoot-out. Bottom side London have drawn four blanks so far while Mayo, second-from-bottom, managed a draw with Meath but have fallen short against Westmeath, Antrim and Kerry.

The Exiles were in the same position last year and beat Kildare to survive. Home advantage may be the key to another Houdini act.

Prediction: London

Allianz HL Division 2B final: Derry v Wicklow (Inniskeen, 2pm)

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Allianz HL Division 3A final: Roscommon v Armagh (Pairc Tailteann, 2pm)

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Allianz HL Division 3B final: Sligo v Longford (Connacht GAA Centre, 2.30pm)

ANOTHER repeat of a phoney war last weekend. Longford were hammered 3-15 to 0-3 but they showed 10 changes to the side that had beaten Cavan the previous weekend and manager Derek Frehill will expect a better result in Claremorris tomorrow.

Sligo have amassed 11 goals and 62 points in four games so far and are one of two teams with a 100 per cent record (Westmeath are the other). The Yeatsmen finished third in 3B last year while Longford were relegated from 3A and will hope to bounce straight back up.

Prediction: Longford

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