League: Leinster Championship

Leinster Football final – Dublin v Meath – Live score commentary

It’s the Leinster Football Final on Saturday Dublin v Meath, its a 7pm throw time, we have a live score commentary stream for the match.

Dublin returned to GAA HQ last weekend and their knowledge of the vast pitch was evident. They ruthlessly put Laois to the sword to continue their quest for a tenth Leinster Championship on the run. Meanwhile, Kildare vs Meath was a far more tightly contested semi-final. But, by the end Meath were comfortable winners after being six-points down at the beginning of the second-half.

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A few weeks ago, Dublin vs Meath saw the reigning champions claim a four-point win in the league. On that occasion, Dublin came out on top of a high-scoring encounter. However, Meath showed that they have the tools to hurt Dessie Farrell’s team. Direct runs from deep proved hard for Dublin to deal with and resulted in plenty of frees within scoring distance.

Last weekend, the same direct running style saved the Royals when they looked down against Kildare. Meath managed just four points in the first-half as opposed to Kildare’s eleven. As the sides took the field for the second part of the contest, things were looking desolate for Meath. But, they soon showed the hunger and drive that saw them compete with some of the best in Division 1 of the League.

Jordan Morris and Matthew Costello both found the net just minutes after the restart. The two goals were excellent examples of how hard running and moving the ball quickly can open up defences. That brought the deficit back to a point. Then, when Cillian O’Sullivan scored Meath’s third goal in the 45th minute after a turnover high up the pitch, Meath never looked back. Joey Wallace and Jason Scully added two more majors before full time. This came just a week after they netted seven against Wicklow.

On the other hand, it was just the two goals for Dublin as they swatted aside the challenge of Laois. The Dubs don’t need goals in the same way other teams do though as their 23 points would have likely been enough to win a game in itself.

In truth, Dublin were slow to get going as uncharacteristic errors peppered the first quarter. For example, Paddy Small hit a hat-trick of wides, James McCarthy was dispossessed twice, and Cluxton sent a kick-out over the sideline. Then, they found their rhythm and Sean Bugler’s 24th minute goal justified his continued selection at wing-forward.

Likewise, Ciarán Kilkenny continues to perform at the top of his game. A personal 1-4 tally looked effortless. Brian Fenton looked as dangerous as ever. He scored four points that could have easily included a goal. Furthermore, Cormac Costello stole the headlines despite only playing 25 minutes. Seven points from him is surely enough for Dessie Farrell to finally consider putting Costello in from the start. However, Costello could be his own worst enemy by proving himself as an impact sub over and over again.

Meath may have the tools to threaten Dublin but there’s little doubt they will need to continue their goal-scoring run to do so. 12 goals in 2 games is a promising trend to carry into such an encounter, but they need to be equally as tigerish in defence. Farrell won’t underestimate Andy McEntee’s team and his instructions will be for his players to come out firing. The first 20 minutes of this game will be played at breakneck speed. The other fifty will give us a demonstration of the gap between Dublin and the chasing Leinster pack.

The Royal County last won Leinster in 2010 after that controversial final against Louth. Since then, they have lost to Dublin in four finals.

The Leinster Final is live on RTÉ on Saturday.

Dublin are 1/20 with Paddy Power. Meath are 9/1 and a draw is 25/1.

Prediction: Dublin.

Team News

Dublin : Stephen Cluxton; Michael Fitzsimons, Jonny Cooper, Eoin Murchan; James McCarthy, John Small, Robert McDaid; Brian Fenton, Tom Lahiff; Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny, Sean Bugler; Paddy Small, Con O’Callaghan, Dean Rock

Meath: Marcus Brennan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, David Toner; Donal Keogan, Shane McEntee, Matthew Costello; Bryan Menton, Ronan Jones; Cillian O’Sullivan, Bryan McMahon, Ronan Ryan; Jordan Morris, Shane Walsh, Thomas O’Reilly.

Subs: Andrew Colgan, Eamon Wallace, Cathal Hickey, Eoin Harkin, Brian Conlon, Ethan Devine, Joey Wallace, Jason Scully, James Conlon, Donal Lenihan, Darragh Campion.

Leinster Football Final: Dublin vs Meath, Saturday, 21st November, 19:00 (Croke Park).

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Saturday 21 November

Leinster Football final
Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, 7pm – RTÉ

All-Ireland Hurling quarter-finals
Clare v Waterford, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 3.45pm – Sky
Galway v Tipperary, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 1.15pm – RTÉ

Joe McDonagh Cup round 4
Kerry v Carlow, Austin Stack Park, 1.30pm
Meath v Westmeath, Pairc Tailteann, 1.30pm

 

Sunday 22 November 

Ulster Football final
Cavan  v Donegal, Athletic Grounds, 4pm – RTÉ/BBC

Munster Football final
Cork v Tipperary, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 1.30pm – RTÉ

Christy Ring Cup final
Down v Kildare, Croke Park, 4pm – TG4 YouTube

Nicky Rackard Cup final
Donegal v Mayo, Croke Park, 1.30pm – TG4 YouTube

 

Saturday 28 November

All-Ireland Hurling semi-final
Kilkenny v quarter-final winner, TBC, 6pm – RTÉ

Joe McDonagh Cup round 5
Westmeath v Carlow, TEG Cusack Park, 1.30pm
Meath v Antrim, Pairc Tailteann, 1.30pm

Lory Meagher Cup final
Fermanagh v Louth, TBC, TBC

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Dublin v Laois – Leinster Football Live Score Commentary

The All Ireland champions have another easy runout today as Dublin face Laois, we have live score commentary and starting team news.

Dublin reminded everyone why they are very much the team to beat with a comfortable win over Westmeath last weekend. The Champions led throughout as Dessie Farrell’s stint in the hot seat got off to a convincing start. Now, they come up against Laois. It’s been two years since Laois last featured in a Leinster final. But, that was their first appearance since 2007. After having to battle past Longford to get to this semi-final, all the odds are stacked against Mike Quirke’s team.

Laois were the slower to get going against Longford. In fact, they left it until the last 20 minutes before really getting themselves into the game. At that stage, Longford were five points up. If it wasn’t for two great saves by Niall Corbet in the Laois goal at the start of the second half, the game could have been over.

But, sensing they were on their last chance, Laois came roaring back. Seven consecutive points turned the tables and sent them through but the win was far from convincing.

There was a great spread of scorers for Laois with nine different contributors to their  1-16 tally. But, Corbet was their best player between the sticks. He will need to be at the ready again on Sunday to keep out the Dubs.

Much of the talk about Dublin going into the Championship was about how the team would transition into the post-Gavin era. Seamlessly is the apparent answer. Dublin never really left third gear. Although there are some ponderings about their lack of a goal, it’s almost as if they just decided they didn’t need one.

After going 0-4 to 0-0 up, the Dubs set the tone. From Cluxton’s precise kick-outs to Rock’s accuracy with the dead ball, the blue machine was purring. The likes of Seán Bugler and Robbie McDaid were able to get themselves on the scoresheet and claim their spot in the team.

But, it was the ever-reliable Ciarán Kilkenny who stood out. The Castleknock man dictated play from 11 and scored 5 points of his own. In addition to this, he was more than willing to help out at the other end of the pitch, popping up in defence on more than one occasion.

The only complaint Farrell can have is losing Eoin Murchan to an apparent injury. However, the Dubs in reserve are more than just second-stringers. Whatever team Farrell chooses should be too much to Laois to handle.

This semi-final is live on the RTÉ NEws Channel after Meath vs Kildare.

Dublin are a short 1/500. Meanwhile, Laois are 20/1 for an upset and a draw is 50/1.

Prediction: Dublin.

Team News

Dublin : Stephen Cluxton; Michael Fitzsimons, Jonny Cooper, Eoin Murchan; James McCarthy, John Small, Robert McDaid; Brian Fenton, Tom Lahiff; Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny, Sean Bugler; Paddy Small, Con O’Callaghan, Dean Rock

Leinster Championship Semi-Final: Dublin vs Laois, Sunday, 15th November, 15:30 (Croke Park).

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Meath vs Kildare: Leinster Football Live score commentary

It’s a 1pm throw-in on Sunday, we have Meath vs Kildare: Leinster Football Live score commentary and starting team news.

Meath and Kildare have had the luxury of avoiding Dublin in Leinster before a potential final. But, these two sides are well-matched and a place in the final will have to be earned. Last year, Meath made it to the Leinster decider where they lost to Dublin. Likewise, Kildare lost to Dublin in their last Leinster Final in 2017.

Last weekend, Kildare hit 0-20 to beat the challenge of Offaly. Despite their impressive scoreline, the Lilywhites were never comfortably ahead. A total of 14 wides is a very wasteful statistic and Jack O’Connor will be sure that his team rectify their efficiency in front of goal before this semi-final.

O’Connor put faith in his young guns and they rewarded him with a strong performance. Darragh Kirwan was dangerous in the forward line alongside Jimmy Hyland and the returning Daniel Flynn. In midfield, Aaron Masterson made an impressive debut by controlling the middle third.

Perhaps most impressively, Shea Ryan won his battle at full-back against Offaly’s danger man Niall McNamee. A clean sheet for Kildare is a great confidence booster, especially in the midst of knock-out Championship. But, Offaly had goal chances and O’Connor will know that Meath can threaten Mark Donnellan’s goal.

Kildare have all the tools to launch an attack on the Leinster Championship. But, they need to use them to full effect to reach their potential. The game against the royals could be exactly what they need as they will be punished for not performing.

Meath make their mark

Meath are here after beating Wicklow emphatically. On paper, the game was a mismatch and Meath proved it by turning the screw on their Division 4 opponents.

Despite being relegated from Division 1 after earning just one point on the final day, Meath were impressive against some top tier opposition. For example, they hit 0-19 against Dublin in the first game back after lockdown. Then, they showed some steel to steal a late draw with Monaghan.

As a result, Meath entered the Championship with optimism and Andy McEntee’s team proved their worth last Sunday. It was a successful Championship debut for Jordan Morris. The U-20 player scored 3-4 (two goals from the penalty spot) in an all-round impressive performance. In addition, McEntee avoided any injuries by running his bench in the final 20 minutes. Last year’s Leinster finalists never let up. To illustrate, they scored 4 goals in the final 15 minutes.

This prolific attitude in front of goal is exactly what could see them past Kildare.

Whatever team emerges victorious on Sunday will go into the Leinster final well prepared for what comes next.

This game is live on RTÉ News’ Channel.

Paddy Power expect Meath to win. They’re 8/11 as opposed to Kildare’s 11/8. A draw is far from unlikely and is priced at 15/2.

Prediction: Draw. This could be a high-scoring shootout in which a goal could prove to be a game winner. If it does go to extra time, Meath may just have that extra bit in the tank.

Facts and Figures

They last met in the championship three years ago when Kildare won a Leinster semi-final  by nine points. 

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES 

2017: Kildare 2-16 Meath 0-13 (Leinster semi-final) 

2014: Meath 2-16 Kildare 0-17 (Leinster semi-final) 

2012: Meath 1-17 Kildare 1-11 (Leinster semi-final) 

2011: Kildare 0-16 Meath 0-10 (Leinster quarter-final) 

2010: Kildare 2-17 Meath 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final) 

*Meath are attempting to reach the Leinster final for a second successive year: Kildare were last there in 2017. 

*Meath, for whom Jordan Morris scored 3-4, beat Wicklow by 7-14 to 0-7 in the quarter final. Kildare beat Offaly by 0-20 to 0-16 in their quarter-final. 

*The last competitive clash between the counties was in the 2019 Allianz League when Meath won by a point.

Team news
Kildare – Mark Donnellan; Mark Dempsey, Shea Ryan, Darragh Malone; David Hyland, Con Kavanagh, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Aaron Masterson; Matty Byrne, Ben McCormack, Paddy Brophy; Daniel Flynn, Darragh Kirwan, Jimmy Hyland.

Meath : Marcus Brennan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, David Toner; Donal Keogan, Shane McEntee, Matthew Costello; Bryan Menton, Ronan Jones; Cillian O’Sullivan, Bryan McMahon, Ronan Ryan; Jordan Morris, Shane Walsh, Thomas O’Reilly.

Subs: Andrew Colgan, Eamon Wallace, Cathal Hickey, Eoin Harkin, Brian Conlon, Ethan Devine, Joey Wallace, Jason Scully, James Conlon, Donal Lenihan, Darragh Campion.

Leinster Championship Semi-Final: Meath vs Kildare, Sunday, 15th November, 13:00 (Croke Park).

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Leinster Hurling Final 2020 Kilkenny v Galway – Live score commentary

Kilkenny (Leinster SHC v Galway): Eoin Murphy; Conor Delaney, Huw Lawlor, Tommy Walsh; Cillian Buckley, Padraig Walsh, Conor Fogarty; Richie Leahy, Conor Browne; John Donnelly, Martin Keoghan, Walter Walsh; TJ Reid, Eoin Cody, Colin Fennelly.

Subs: Darren Brennan, Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Ciaran Wallace, Darren Mullen, Alan Murphy, Richie Reid, Richie Hogan, Ger Aylward, Liam Blanchfield, Niall Brassil.

It’s the Leinster Hurling Final 2020,  Kilkenny v Galway and we have starting teams and Live score commentary, match start time is 6:15pm on Saturday.

In 2020, Kilkenny lost the Leinster Final to Wexford after topping the group. Now, after just one game they are back to compete in the final again. On the other hand, Galway suffered a disappointing season last year when they failed to progress from Leinster. The 2017 All-Ireland Champions lost out on points difference in a very competitive Leinster group. Recently, Galway showed they are out to right that wrong by defeating Wexford in Croke Park to advance to the final. Shane O’Neill’s team demonstrated their ambition with a strong performance after a long absence.

In their opening Championship game Kilkenny came up against Dublin. The Dubs had come past Laois strongly and were at the advantage of having a competitive game under their belts. However, Kilkenny didn’t need any time to ease themselves into action.

Brian Cody’s team showed no signs of rust. In fact, by half-time they had established a remarkable 15 point lead and looked destined to waltz into the final. However, Dublin were not ready to go down without a fight. They came roaring back in the second half and Kilkenny just couldn’t find a way to extend their lead. By the 71st minute, Dublin had completed a remarkable comeback.

Surprisingly, it was the corner-back Huw Lawlor who emerged as the matchwinner for the Cats. His long-range free in the 74th minute ensured there wasn’t another Championship upset on the cards. It finished 3-20 to 2-22. Billy Ryan, TJ Reid and captain Colin Fennelly were the goalscorers for Cody’s team. Reid ended up with a personal tally of 1-10 and was influential in the first half. All three Kilkenny goals came in the first half. Hence, Brian Cody will be frustrated at his side’s inability to kick-on after the break.

Cody made 5 changes to the team that lost the All-Ireland final last year for this game. So, it will be interesting to see if he keeps faith in this side for the game on Saturday evening.

In contrast, Galway won’t have many complaints about their victory over last year’s Leinster Champions Wexford.

By the full-time whistle there was 17 points between the teams and the performance reflected the comfort of the scoreline.

Shane O’Neill’s men won the battle in the middle third which never allowed Wexford to get to grips with the game. Their domination was capitalised on with efficiency in front of goal.

What was most impressive for Galway was the balance that the team seems to have found between 2017 veterans and newer faces such as Brian Concannon, Fintan Burke, Sean Loftus, and Eanna Murphy. The Galwegians grew in confidence as the game went on. By the end, they had slashed their odds for winning the Championship.

O’Neill’s team seem very much determined to make up for the poor Championship they had last season. A win over last year’s runners-up to progress to a semi-final would be a big statement.

The winner of this tie will earn themselves a two-week break before the All-Ireland semi-final. Whereas, the loser of this one is out again the following week to play one of the winning qualifiers.

RTÉ are showing the game live from Croke Park.

Galway’s performance against Wexford has them 8/11 favourites for this one versus Kilkenny’s 11/8. A draw is 9/1.

Prediction: Galway. If they can replicate the performance they put in a fortnight ago the Connacht team will be considered real All-Ireland contenders again. Meanwhile, the near-miss against Dublin might have just sewn some doubt into Cody’s team.

Leinster Hurling Final: Kilkenny vs Galway, Saturday, 14th November, 18:15 (Croke Park). 

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Kildare vs Offaly: Leinster Football – Live score commentary

We have starting team news and live score commentary from Kildare vs Offaly in Leinster Football championship, match starts at 5:30pm in O’Moore Park.

Kildare begin their Championship this Sunday in Portlaoise. However, their opposition have already featured in the competition. Last Sunday, Offaly overcame Carlow to make it to this Leinster Championship quarter-final.

The saying of ‘goals win games’ rang true for Offaly in Tullamore on Sunday. Their three majors went a long way in seeing off a dogged Carlow team. Firstly, Niall McNamee and Jordan Hayes found the net in the first half when Offaly were finding points hard to come by. Carlow were never out of touch though as Offaly took a three-point lead into half-time.

Then, Bernard Allen made the lead six just before the second-half water break with a third well taken goal. Carlow had chances of their own but failed to gain any significant foothold to launch a comeback.

Kildare will be hoping to make it to a Leinster final and challenge Dublin. Hence, Offaly may need to show such efficiency in front of goal again to advance.

Kildare manager Jack O’Connor will be grateful for avoiding the preliminary round in Leinster. Since football resumed, Kildare have beaten Cavan and Westmeath. Unfortunately for O’Connor’s team, poor results in the spring meant they came up short of promotion. However, the former Kerry manager will know that form is a crucial asset entering the Championship.

Losses to Dublin and Tyrone eliminated Kildare from the competition last year. Now, they are on the opposite side of the Leinster draw to the All-Ireland Champions. Two good performances will see them in a Leinster final. However, form is temporary and there is no doubt that the Lilywhites will have to battle to get there.

Offaly are 7/2 underdogs with Paddy Power despite their win last week. Kildare are 1/4 and a draw is 10/1.

The game is live on GAAGo.

Prediction: Kildare.

Leinster Football Championship Quarter-Final: Kildare vs Offaly, Saturday, November 8th, 17:30 (O’Moore Park, Portlaoise).

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Leinster Football – Longford v Laois – Live score commentary

We have starting teams and live score commentary from Leinster Football quarter-final Longford v Laois, start time is 1:30pm on Sunday at Glennon Bros Pearse Park.

Longford progressed to the Leinster quarter-finals with a win over Louth last weekend. Now, they come up against Laois with the winner playing Westmeath or Dublin a week later.

It was a rude introduction to Winter Championship for Longford last Sunday. The conditions made handling and distribution challenging. As a result, neither team made any big moves in the opening half and Longford led by a single score at the interval with both teams finding the net.

The second half continued in the same way. It wasn’t until the closing ten minutes that Longford finally managed to open a gap. In that period they outscored Louth 0-3 to 0-1 and took a 2-point win.

Padraic Davis will be glad his team had a taste of tough winter football and came away unscathed. If the conditions are the same against Laois, the lessons they learned against Louth will stand to them.

Last year, Laois won at this stage of this competition and ended up coming close to being in the Super 8s. However, with no second chances this season they need to be flawless. A win here will likely set up a crack at Dublin which the players will surely relish.

In the League, a final day win against Fermanagh saw them retain their Division 2 status. Compared to Longford, they enter this game fresh after a week off from competitive action. In their last game, Laois found the net three times. If they can find such efficiency again, they will get through this game.

Laois are the favourites for this one. Paddy Power price them at 4/7. Meanwhile, Longford are 7/4 and a draw is 15/2.

GAAGo are showing the game live.

Prediction: Laois.

Leinster Championship Quarter-Final: Longford vs Laois, Sunday, November 8th, 13:30 (Glennon Brothers Pearse Park).

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Wicklow vs Meath: Leinster Championship – Live score commentary

Wicklow vs Meath: Leinster Championship quarter-final we have starting teams and live score commentary, match starts at 1:30pm on Sunday.

Wicklow enter this Leinster quarter-final with a game already under the belt. Last weekend they knocked out Wexford to get their Championship campaign underway. But, Meath will be a much tougher test. Despite being relegated from Division 1 with no wins, Meath performed impressively against many big teams.

Wicklow proved too good for Wexford last weekend. Previously, they had beaten their southern rivals by three points to win promotion from Division 4. Last Sunday, they were even more convincing and won by four.

This time around, they had just 0-2 after 27 minutes versus Wexford’s 0-6. However, they won the rest of the game by 2-7 to 0-5.

Davy Burke kept faith in his League team and made just one change. James Sheeran replaced Eoin Darcy.

Niall Donnelly’s goal on 34 minutes was crucial for Wicklow as it kept them in touch just before the break. But, Wexford stretched the lead to three points again and it wasn’t until the 54th minute that Wicklow finally hit the front.

Then, in the 57th minute, Wicklow capitalised on Wexford being down to 13 men and Conor Byrne raised their second green flag. Desperation followed from Wexford but Wicklow tagged on a couple of insurance points in injury time.

The two goals will be something Davy Burke wants his team to try and replicate this Sunday. Meath are a strong team and it’s likely that Wicklow will need to find the net once if they are to advance.

Could Meath be a Dark Horse?

Since the restart, Meath lost to Dublin and drew with Monaghan in the League. The latter was their only point in the League but that doesn’t necessarily reflect their performances. In fact, they pushed Dublin for 70 minutes in the first game back and often looked very dangerous going forward. Likewise, they looked beat against Monaghan but never gave up and a late Jordan Morris point sealed a draw.

The Royal county were finalists in Leinster last year but scored just 0-4 against the Dubs. After the League game two weeks ago they will take heart in the improved scoreline. Andy McEntee will be itching for another shot at the holders but first they must see off Wicklow.

Paddy Power expect Meath to advance. They have last year’s Super 8 contenders at 1/12. Wicklow are 7/1 and a draw is 16/1.

The game is live on GAAGo.

Prediction: Meath.

Leinster Football Championship Quarter-Final: Wicklow vs Meath, Sunday, November 8th, 13:30 (Aughrim). 

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GAA Results – Dublin footballers struggle past Westmeath

Last updated on Nov 12th, 2020 at 12:48

Dublin footballers struggled past Westmeath in horrendous conditions at O’Moore Park, the Dubs only won the second half by 2pts. Ray Connellan and Ciaran Kilkenny were the star players on show.

Preview 

Dublin begin their Championship defence on the road on Saturday evening against Westmeath. The five-in-a-row winners haven’t lost a Championship game since 2014 and Westmeath will have a job to end their dominance in Leinster.

Last year, Westmeath lost to Laois at this stage before going out in round 3 of the qualifiers. However, there is no back door in this year’s competition so Jack Cooney’s side will have to do the seemingly impossible and dethrone Dublin.

Westmeath returned to action a few weeks ago with a promising win over Laois. However, they couldn’t do the same a week later against Kildare. As a result, they remain in Division 2.

Originally, this game was supposed to be a home fixture for Westmeath. But, Sky are televising the game so floodlights were required to accommodate the 6.15pm throw-in time.

Cooney was less than pleased with the decision.

“Why not bring it to Cusack Park is what I would ask. They could bring it forward a few hours and give us a right crack at it.” However, he continued to say his team will bring their best to Portlaoise regardless for a crack at the holders.

Meanwhile, Dublin are entering their first Championship of the post-Gavin era. Dessie Farrell has taken control of the helm and so far the Dubs have shown no signs of slowing down.

Two wins from two since football returned was nothing less than expected. But, they had to work for the win in both games. Teething issues are nothing unusual as a team transitions to new management. In spite of this, Dublin retain most of their five-time All-Ireland winners. Thus, their dominance in Leinster will likely continue.

Paddy Power are offering 20/1 for Westmeath to cause an upset. Dublin are a very short 1/500 and a draw is 50/1.

You can watch the game on Sky Sports Mix.

Prediction: Dublin.

Leinster Football Championship Quarter-Final: Westmeath vs Dublin, Saturday, November 7th, 18:15 (O’Moore Park, Portlaoise).

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Offaly v Carlow Leinster Football – Click for live score commentary

Carlow Starting Team

Robbie Molloy; Josh Moore, Shane Redmond, Conor Lawler; Eoghan Ruth, Mark Furey, Mikey Brandbrick; Sean Gannon (C)  Darragh Foley; Darragh O’Brien Ross Dunphy, Jodon Morrissey; Paul Broderick, Chris Blake, Jamie Clarke;

Offaly Starting Team;

Paddy Dunican; Declan Hogan, Eoin Rigney, Niall Darby; Eoin Caroll, Johnny Moloney, Colm Doyle; Aaron Leavy, Jordon Hayes;  Shane Horan, Ruairi McNamee, Anton Sullivan; Nial McNamee, Peter Cunningham, Bernard Allen

 

Offaly v Carlow Leinster Football – Click for live score commentary, Sunday 1st November throw in 13:30 Bord Na Mona O Connor Park.

Offaly vs Carlow is an interesting one in the Leinster Championship on Sunday. Offaly stayed safe in Division 3 despite losing to Tipperary and Derry in their last two games. In contrast, Carlow claimed four points from their last two league games. However, they only got one game under their belts as London conceded in round 7.

As a result, it is hard to gauge how the sides match up heading into this one. Last year, Meath defeated both sides in Leinster. Carlow didn’t survive in the qualifies but Offaly claimed a couple of scalps before being eliminated.

But, there is no such second chance this year so these two sides will be up for this one. It is a great chance for both teams to advance provincially. The winner on Sunday earns a shot at Kildare.

After 50 minutes, Offaly only had 1-03 on the scoreboard against Derry. They did creep back towards the end but the damage was done. In the Championship, they won’t be allowed such time to settle in.

Carlow netted twice in their one game against Sligo. Goals win games and Carlow will be looking to attack Offaly in a similar way.

Paddy Power have Offaly the favourites at 4/9 as opposed to Carlow at 9/4. A draw is 15/2.

The game is live on GAA GO.

Prediction: Draw.

Leinster Senior Football Championship Round 1: Offaly vs Carlow, Sunday, November 1st, 13:30 (Bord na Mona, O’Connor Park).

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Louth vs Longford Leinster Football – Click for live score commentary

Louth take on Longford at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar in the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship. we have live score commentary and starting teams.

Longford Starting Team

Paddy Collum; Andrew Farrell, Patrick Fox, Barry O’Farrell; Donal McElliot, Gary Rogers, Colum P Smyth ; Darren Gallagher , Kevin Diffley ; Dessie Reynolds, Joseph Hangan,  Daniel Mimnagh; Rian Brady , Liam Connerton, Oran Kenny.

In Leinster, it’s Louth vs Longford in the opening round. Recently, Louth were dropped from Division 3 after winning just once in the League. In contrast, Longford remained safely above the dropzone despite conceding their final game with Cork.

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Louth and Longford were both successful at this stage of the competition in 2019. But, initial success was followed by defeats. For Louth, that was as good as it got as they were knocked out in the first qualifying round GAA fixture. Longford went just one round further before being dumped by Tyrone.

In January, these sides met in the first round of the League. On that occasion, Longford were three-point winners.

That set the trend for Louth in the League. However, most recently the beat Down on the final day to gather some much-needed confidence ahead of the Championship. Otherwise, Longford are without as much match practice. Furthermore, the one competitive game they have played since the restart ended in defeat to Derry.

Longford manager Padraic Davis hasn’t had the luxury of using a full club Championship to prime his players. Unfortunately, Longford’s club Championship suffered worse than most and many games were postponed. In fact, the Senior Football Championship has still not been completed. Hence, it is hard to know what to expect from Longford when they are in the heat of knock-out Championship.

Paddy Power still see Longford as 1/2 favourites to advance. Meanwhile, Louth are 2/1 underdogs and a draw is 15/2.

The match is live on GAA GO.

Prediction: Louth.

Leinster Senior Football Championship Round 1: Louth vs Longford, Sunday, November 1st, 13:30 (Mullingar). 

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