Time and Venue to be confirmed
We have team news and live score commentary from the U20 Munster hurling championship match Tipperary v Clare
Tipperary vs Clare marks the beginning of The Premier’s County title defence. After defeating Cork in last year’s All-Ireland final, Tipperary could make it three-in-a-row this year. Meanwhile, Clare are a young side but still boast a host of senior players in their ranks.
Tipperary manager John Devane is able to recall six of the fifteen who started last year’s final to the starting line-up. Captain Eoghan Connolly is joined by Aaron Browne, Johnny Ryan, Gearóid O’Connor, Conor Browne, and Andrew Ormond. Their experience makes the side a strong blend of youth and stature. Furthermore, Seán Hayes and Kian O’Kelly are named to start against Clare after coming off the bench in the final last August.
Captain Connolly is the sole survivor of the 2018 U-21 team that claimed the All-Ireland. Should they win this year, Connolly will have three-in-a-row.
Boris-Ileigh trio Ray McCormack, Kevin Maher, and James Devaney who featured in January’s All-Ireland Club final loss to Ballyhale Shamrocks strengthen John Devane’s side even futher.
Likewise, Clare are not lacking experience in their young side. However, Sean Kelly’s team will have to make do without talisman Aidan McCarthy. McCarthy has a broken thumb but could return if Clare advance on Monday night. Furthermore, Conner Hegarty has a knee injury but a broken nose shouldn’t prevent Shane Meehan from lining out.
Meehan and McCarthy are members of Clare’s senior squad. In addition to them, Cian Galvin, Mark Rodgers, Paddy Donnellan, and Darragh Lohan are members of Clare’s senior panel and are still at Sean Kelly’s disposal.
This amount of firepower makes Clare a threat to Tipperary’s crown. The game is live on TG4.
Tipperary vs Clare: Munster U20 Hurling Championship, Monday October 19th, 7.30pm (Thurles).
Tipperary : Aaron Browne; Johnny Ryan, Conor Whelan, Eanna McBride; Fintan Purcell, Eoghan Connolly, Ray McCormack; Kevin Maher, Kevin McCarthy; Gearoid O’Connor, Conor Bowe, Devon Ryan; Andrew Ormonde, Kian O’Kelly, Sean Hayes.
Subs: Rhys Skelly, Darragh Flannery, John Ryan, Keith Ryan, Kieran Moloney, Max Hackett, Jack Morrissey, Sean Ryan, James Devaney.
It may be a dreary Monday, but we've still got some GAA_BEO
to look forward to as Clare
take on Tipperary in the U20 Munster
LIVE this evening @19:20 on TG4 pic.twitter.com/Qab4e6qfKt
— Clare Gaa (@GaaClare) October 19, 2020
Clare vs Fermanagh – Preview and live score commentary for the division two match, throw-in is 1pm on Sunday.
The Division 2 fixture of Clare vs Fermanagh has been thrown into doubt after an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Ulster county. Last Wednesday, Fermanagh GAA announced the suspension of all GAA activity within the county at both club and county level. As a result, Stephen McMenamin’s side could have little or no preparation before the Championship begins.
Several members of Fermanagh’s team tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, the squad is stretched ahead of the return to inter-county action. McMenamin has called for the game against Clare to be postponed due to the lack of preparation his team will have.
“We’re in no shape to play… even long-term if you look at the Ulster Championship, we do want to play it but you’re looking at the level of preparation.”
The former Tyrone defender added that his side should be afforded the chance to enter their League fixtures on a level-playing field. More importantly, with relegation a serious threat for Fermanagh they need to be playing at full capacity.
“It’s not a fair playing field. You kind of ask yourself should there be relegation in the league, if we’re not afforded the same chances as Clare?”
Fermanagh GAA have announced that all training and all games within the county have been suspended until further notice, at both club and county level, as a result of a spike in Covid-19 cases within the county.
Read more at https://t.co/btLMGRiFqW
— Fermanagh GAA (@FermanaghGAA) October 7, 2020
Division 2 Dogfight
Currently, Fermanagh sit bottom of Division 2. Therefore, they likely need at least a win and a draw in their remaining two fixtures to have any chance of survival. Their only win to date was a one-point victory against Roscommon.
In a similar way, Clare are flirting with relegation and need a strong finish to the League. As it stands, they are safe but only thanks to their points difference. A win over Fermanagh would allow them some breathing room ahead of their round 7 game with Armagh. Wins over Kildare and Cavan earlier in the year could stand to them in the end.
Clare open their Championship campaign away to Tipperary in the Munster quarter-final. This game is just a week following the League’s conclusion. Hence, the Banner men have no time to ease themselves in.
Meanwhile, Fermanagh are scheduled to face Down in the Ulster quarter-final on November 8th. The fixture is subject to change though in light of the situation among McMenamin’s team. If their League games are postponed they will have little match practice before then. However, if they play their remaining games with a weakened squad to fulfill the fixtures, the manager may not have an honest look at his squad prior to the Championship.
Allianz National League: Clare vs Fermanagh, Sunday October 18th, 1pm (Cusack Park).
— The GAA (@officialgaa) October 7, 2020
Preview and live score commentary from Westmeath v Laois in division two, the game start time is 2pm on Saturday.
Westmeath vs Laois is the game that will mark the return of Division 2 of the Allianz National League. The sides meet on Saturday, October 17 as inter-county football returns from a seven-month absence.
Before the world of inter-county football was put on hold, these two sides were flying along under the radar in Division 2. Their records are equal with Westmeath edging the standing on points difference. Therefore, this will be a competitive restart as Westmeath and Laois battle it out to pip the other. Importantly, a loss could leave either of these counties in relegation territory ahead of round 7. On the other hand, a win could project them towards the summit with just one game remaining.
Previously, Westmeath suffered defeats to Roscommon and Cavan. But, wins over Clare and Fermanagh made amends for this. In February, they played out a thrilling 3-12 to 2-15 draw with table toppers Armagh.
Likewise, Laois had wins over Clare and Armagh cancelled out by losses to Cavan and Kildare. A draw on the opening weekend in January in Roscommon has them equal with Westmeath.
These are the two sides who won promotion from Division 3 in 2019. In the final, Westmeath were three-point victors. Nonetheless, both sides have justified their presence in Division 2 so far. As a result, Westmeath and Laois’ primary concern will be remaining where they are. But, a win for either side in this fixture could tee them up for a hopeful final position.
The Championship is played in a straight knock-out format this year. Therefore, Westmeath and Laois will need to use their League games to get them as prepared as possible. To illustrate, Westmeath have the toughest of starts available as they face Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final. That same weekend (7/8 November), Laois face the winners of Longford and Louth.
Allianz National League Division 2: Westmeath vs Laois, Saturday October 17th, 2pm (Cusack Park).
— The GAA (@officialgaa) October 7, 2020
Last updated on Apr 27th, 2020 at 14:54
Last updated on Apr 2nd, 2020 at 16:19
Scorers for Westmeath: John Heslin 1-6 (5fs, 1-0 pen), Luke Loughlin 1-2 (1 45), Denis Corroon 1-0, Ronan O’Toole 0-2, Ray Connellan 0-1, Boidu Sayeh 0-1.
Scorers for Armagh: Rory Grugan 1-4 (2fs), Oisin O’Neill 0-2 (1 mark), Rian O’Neill 0-4 (4fs), Jamie Clarke 1-0, Aidan Forker 0-1, Conor Turbitt 0-1, Jarleth Og Burns 0-1, Mark Shields 0-1, Jason Duffy 0-1.
WESTMEATH: Jason Daly; Killian Daly, Ronan Wallace, Boidu Sayeh; Sam Duncan, Kevin Maguire, James Dolan; Denis Corroon, Ray Connellan; Anthony McGivney, Ronan O’Toole, David Lynch; Callum McCormack, John Heslin, Luke Loughlin.
Subs: Conor Coughlan for David Lynch (55), Tommy McDaniel for Callum McCormack (57), Noel Mulligan for Anthony McGivney (62), Jack Smith for Sam Duncan (70 + 4).
ARMAGH: Blaine Hughes; Paddy Burns, Aidan Nugent, Aidan Forker; Conor O’Neill, Stephen Sheridan, Joe McElroy; Niall Grimley, Oisin O’Neill; Rory Grugan, Stefan Campbell, Mark Shields; Conor Turbitt, Rian O’Neill, Jarlath Og Burns.
Subs: Jason Duffy for Conor Turbitt (45), Jamie Clarke for Aidan Nugent (51), James Morgan for Joe McElroy (57), Ethan Rafferty for Oisin O’Neill (64).
REFEREE: Barry Cassidy (Derry).
Last updated on Apr 2nd, 2020 at 15:30
Laois – N Corbett (0-1); C Healy, M Timmons, G Hanrahan; P O’Sullivan, R Pigott, T Collins; J O’Loughlin, K Lillis; D O’Connor, E Lowry (0-2), S Byrne; R Munnelly (0-4), C Murphy (1-2), E O’Carroll (0-3). Subs: B Byrne for C Healy, M Keogh for D O’Connor, B Carroll for S Byrne, M Barry for C Murphy.
Clare – S Ryan; K Harnett, C Brennan, G Kelly; P Lillis (0-1), S Collins, A Sweeney; D Masterson, C O’Connor (0-1); D Coughlan, K Sexton, C O’Dea; E Cleary (0-4), D Tubridy (1-4), G O’Brien (0-1). Subs: E Tubridy for S Ryan, C Murray for G O’Brien, E McMahon for D Masterson, J McGann for K Sexton, E Collins for K Harnett.
Referee – L Devenney.
Last updated on Apr 8th, 2020 at 9:40
Clare – E Quilligan; J Browne (0-1), S Golden, L Corry; S O’Halloran, C Malone, A McCarthy (0-1); D McInerney, T Kelly (0-8); D Reidy (0-1), D Fitzgerald, S Morey; R Taylor, S O’Donnell, A Cunningham (0-1). Subs: D McMahon (0-1) for D Fitzgerald, A Shanagher (0-3) for A Cunningham, I Galvin (0-1) for S Morey, P Collins for S O’Donnell, N Deasy for R Taylor.
Laois – E Rowland; F Flanagan, D Hartnett, D Conway; P Delaney, R Mullaney, C McEvoy; C Stapleton, F Fennell; W Dunphy (0-2), J Ryan, P Purcell (0-1); R King (0-5), S Bergin, J Keyes. Subs: J Lennon for C Stapleton, M Whelan for D Conway, A Dunphy (0-1) for R Mullaney, R Broderick for F Flanagan, C Taylor for S Bergin.
Referee – J Keenan.
Last updated on Apr 2nd, 2020 at 15:50
Westmeath – J Daly; J Smith, R Wallace, B Sayeh; P Holloway, K Maguire, J Dolan; D Corroon, R Connellan (0-2); K Daly, R O’Toole (0-1), D Lynch (0-1); C McCormack (0-1), J Heslin (0-5), L Loughlin. Subs: S Duncan for C McCormack, A McGivney for P Holloway, T McDaniel for R O’Toole.
Fermanagh – J McGrath; J Cassidy, E Shiels, K McDonnell; D McCusker, D McGurn, Stephen McGullion (0-1); E Donnelly, R Jones (0-2); A Breen (0-2), U Kelm, C Corrigan; Shane McGullion (0-1), C Jones (0-2), L McStravick. Subs: D Teague for L McStravick, M McCauley for E Shiels, E McManus for K McDonnell, N Cosgrove for D McGurn.
Referee – N Mooney.