Clare vs Wexford: Hurling Qualifiers – Team News & Live score commentary

Clare vs Wexford in the Hurling Qualifiers we have starting team News & live score commentary steam, match throws in at 2pm on Saturday.

Unlike the football Championship, there is a second chance for teams in the Hurling Championship through qualifiers. Having both lost their opening games, Clare and Wexford find themselves in round 2 of these qualifiers but a win here will see them in a quarter-final.

Firstly, Clare lost in Munster to a strong Limerick side. Then, they saw of a competitive Laois in their first qualifier.

On the other hand, Wexford had their first outing against Galway on Halloween night. That was a horror show for Davy Fitzgerald’s side who were well beaten by a rejuvenated Galway team. Now, last year’s Leinster Champions are in a fight to stay in the competition.

Tony Kelly was on fire for Clare last weekend. He hit 0-13 as the Banner county progressed past Laois. Clare were very much on top in the first half. Despite losing David McInerney to a red card before half-time, they had a 7 point lead at the interval.

Being a man short didn’t hinder Clare in the third quarter. By the 55th minute, they still had their 7 point lead. However, that’s when Laois got on top. The Leinster team outscored Clare 1-6 to 0-3 in the final minutes. But, Clare held on to advance. If they are to reach the quarter-final, Brian Lohan’s side need to perform for the full 70 minutes on Saturday.

On the other hand, Wexford were disappointing in their only Championship outing so far. Galway were the opposition for last year’s All-Ireland semi-finalists. But, Davy Fitzgerald’s side looked out of practice on a wide-open Croke Park. Their usual slick hand-passing game and direct running was strictly managed by the Connacht side.

As a result, Wexford fell to a 13 point loss. Fitzgerald will be glad for having last weekend off to work on his game plan. A rude awakening could prove to be exactly what his team needed. It is no secret that Wexford can match anyone on their day. But, there is no more room for error. So, if Wexford are to challenge for an All-Ireland they need to quickly find their rhythm.

Wexford are favourites for this despite their previous loss. Paddy Power price them at 8/13. Meanwhile, Clare are 13/8 and a draw is 8/1.

The game is live on GAAGo.

Prediction: Wexford. Davy Fitzgerald knows how to get the best out of his team and with their backs against the wall now is the time to do so. On the other hand, Clare just got over the line against Laois despite playing well.

Hurling Championship Round 2 Qualifier: Clare vs Wexford, Saturday, 14th November, 14:00 (Portlaoise).

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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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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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Laois vs Kilkenny

Last updated on Apr 27th, 2020 at 14:55

Laois vs Kildare Division 2 Football

Last updated on Oct 23rd, 2020 at 11:10

Scorers for Kildare: Adam Tyrrell 0-4 (3fs), Paddy Brophy 0-3, Paul Cribbin 0-2, Kevin Flynn, Kevin Feely (f), Liam Power, Tommy Moolick, Niall Kelly, Neil Flynn (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Laois: Evan O’Carroll 0-4 (3fs), Niall Corbet 0-2 (2fs), Sean O’Flynn, Kieran Lillis, John O’Loughlin, Brian Byrne 0-1.

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Mick O’Grady, Shea Ryan, Eoin Doyle; David Hyland, Con Kavanagh, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Liam Power, Paul Cribbin, Paddy Brophy; Adam Tyrrell, Daniel Flynn, Niall Kelly.

Subs: Keith Cribbin for K Flynn (34-35+2 mins, blood-sub), Conor Hartley for Power (47), Jack Robinson for Kelly (65), Jimmy Hyland for D Flynn (67).

LAOIS: Niall Corbet; Trevor Collins, Mark Timmons, Gearoid Hanrahan; Sean O’Flynn, Robbie Pigott, Patrick O’Sullivan; John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis; Sean Byrne, Eoin Lowry, Damien O’Connor; Ross Munnelly, Colm Murphy, Evan O’Carroll.

Subs: Mark Barry for O’Connor (42), Michael Keogh for Munnelly (47).

REFEREE: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

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Laois vs Carlow

Last updated on Apr 8th, 2020 at 10:00

Laois – E Rowland; L Senior, M Whelan, D Hartnett; C McEvoy (0-1), P Delaney, J Kelly; J Lennon, F C Fennell; P Purcell, J Ryan, A Dunphy (0-1); R King (0-12), W Dunphy (0-1), E Gaughan. Subs: C Taylor for A Dunphy, R Broderick for J Kelly, C Comerford for F C Fennell.

Carlow – D Jordan; M Doyle, P Doyle, R Smithers; A Corcoran, D English, G Bennett; A Amond, K McDonald; D Byrne, JM Nolan, J Kavanagh; T Joyce, M Kavanagh (0-11), P Coady. Subs: C Nolan (0-2) for P Coady, J Nolan (0-1) for A Amond, S Whelan for T Joyce, E Byrne for D Byrne, M Malone for JM Nolan.

Referee – C McAllister.

Cavan vs Laois Division 2 Football

Last updated on Oct 23rd, 2020 at 11:23

Cavan – R Galligan (0-1); M Reilly, P Faulkner, K Brady; G Smith (0-3), C Brady, O Kiernan; T Galligan, C Conroy; L Fortune, B Magee (0-3), E Doughty (1-0); O Pierson (0-3), G McKiernan, J Smith. Subs: S Murray (2-0) for L Fortune, C Madden for C Conroy, L Buchanan for J Smith, P Gilcreest for E Doughty, S Smith for B Magee.

 

Laois – N Corbett; B Byrne, M Timmons, G Hanrahan; S O’Flynn, R Pigott, P O’Sullivan; J O’Loughlin (0-2), S Byrne; M Keogh, C Murphy, E Lowry (1-0); M Barry (0-1), K Lillis, E O’Carroll (0-3). Subs: D O’Connor for M Keogh, T Collins for B Byrne, R Munnelly for C Murphy, G Walsh for S O’Flynn, D Whelan for E O’Carroll.

 

Referee – N Cullen.

Laois vs Armagh Division 2 Football

Last updated on Oct 21st, 2020 at 21:13

Laois – N Corbett; B Byrne (0-1), M Timmons (0-1), G Hanrahan; S O’Flynn, R Pigott, P O’Sullivan; K Lillis (0-1), J O’Loughlin; S Byrne, M Barry (0-7), E Lowry; M Keogh (0-1), C Murphy, E O’Carroll (0-5). Subs: T Collins for M Keogh, D O’Connor for S Byrne, R Munnelly for C Murphy, C Healy for B Byrne, D Connolly for E O’Carroll.

Armagh – B Hughes; P Burns, A McKay, B Donaghy; G McCabe, C O’Neill, S Sheridan; N Grimley (0-1), O O’Neill; M Shields, C Cumiskey, S Campbell; R O’Neill (0-5), C Turbitt (0-1), J Duffy. Subs: A Nugent for M Shields, J Og Burns (0-1) for J Duffy, J McElroy for G McCabe, J Hall for C Cumiskey, J Clarke (0-2) for O O’Neill.

Referee   J Henry.

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Laois vs Wexford

Last updated on Oct 21st, 2020 at 19:12

Wexford – M Fanning; S Donohoe, L Ryan, Joe O’Connor; D Reck, S Murphy (0-1), P Foley (0-3); K Foley (0-2), Jack O’Connor (0-6); L Og McGovern (0-2), R O’Connor (0-3), A Nolan (1-0); A Rochford, C McDonald (1-3), P Morris (0-4). Subs: C Dunbar (0-3) for A Nolan, H Kehoe for Jack O’Connor, S Reck for S Donohoe, S Casey for R O’Connor, J Cullen for D Reck.

Laois – E Rowland (1-1); L Senior, R Mullaney, D Hartnett; J Kelly (0-1), P Delaney, C McEvoy; F C Fennell, C Comerford; A Bergin (0-1), P Purcell, J Ryan; R King (0-11), W Dunphy (1-0), S Bergin. Subs: F Flanagan for C Comerford, E Gaughan (0-1) for W Dunphy, J Keyes (0-1) for A Bergin, A Connolly for L Senior, C Stapleton for J Kelly.

Referee – F Horgan.

 

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