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GAA weekend previews: Throw-in times, TV details, predictions Seán Moran looks ahead to this weekend’s hurling and football championship fixtures about 12 hours ago Westmeath vs Wexford Live Online Westmeath vs Wexford Live Online Dublin’s Brian Fenton in action during his team’s impressive win over Wexford. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho Dublin’s Brian Fenton in action during his team’s impressive win over Wexford. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho Saturday Munster SFC semi-final Tipperary v Limerick, FBD Semple Stadium, 7.0 These two had contrasting quarter-final wins - with Limerick making championship history going to penalties to beat Clare, whereas Tipp laboured a bit to get past Waterford. David Power was pointing out the Limerick motivation to beat his team after they came so close two years ago. Since then Tipp have slipped, losing a lot of players, even if they’re currently rallying and Limerick have bounced on to reach Division Two. Looks tight but Limerick’s improvement can be the difference. Verdict: Limerick. Leinster SHC round 4 Laois v Galway, MW Hire O’Moore Park, 5.0 Laois’ hard season continues with the visit of Galway, buoyant after the last-gasp defeat of Kilkenny. Between injuries and a red card against Wexford, resulting in a heavy defeat, Laois are just holding out for the effective playoff on the last weekend of the round-robin. Overly dependent on PJ Scully’s free taking, they’ll do well to keep this decent. Verdict: Galway Westmeath v Wexford, TEG Cusack Park, 6.30 Westmeath have been feisty so far even if ultimately outgunned. Unfortunately for them Wexford need a high-scoring performance in case they end up relying on scoring difference but they also need form for the closing weekend trip to Kilkenny. Verdict: Wexford Dublin v Kilkenny, Parnell Park, 7.0 – Live Sky Sports Arena This same fixture more than two months ago placed a question mark over Dublin’s apparent improvement when they were as now unbeaten in the campaign up until then. Mattie Kenny’s team top the table but by doing just enough. They haven’t thrashed the weaker teams with the same enthusiasm as others but they secured the critical win against Wexford, their obvious rivals for third place. Jim McGuinness: Monaghan cannot survive uncontested Derry possession Monaghan’s McCarron and McManus partnership set to flourish ‘Nothing changes bar the route’: Padraig O’Hora ready for qualifiers Kilkenny’s TJ Reid struggled against Galway. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho Kilkenny’s TJ Reid struggled against Galway. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho Kilkenny’s defence shut them down in March and the championship scoring hasn’t greatly improved since and still has an outsized reliance on Dónal Burke. Kilkenny haven’t been without trouble either and TJ Reid struggled to re-adapt in Galway. They still look too much for Dublin to crack. Verdict: Kilkenny All-Ireland under-20 football championship final Kildare v Tyrone, Carrick-on-Shannon, 5.0 – Live TG4 The temptation is to see this as a shoot-out between stars of the semi-finals, Kildare’s Aaron Browne who kicked 0-5 against Sligo, and Ruairí Canavan, who scored 0-8, just three from frees, in a legacy attack with Michael McGleenan. The reality though is that the defences stood out as much, Kildare’s especially. Verdict: Kildare Sunday Ulster SFC semi-final Monaghan v Derry, Athletic Grounds, 4.0 – Live BBC Two Derry exuberantly revisited the past in the quarter-final with an accomplished display to beat the All-Ireland champions for the first time in 16 years. Tyrone undoubtedly contributed to this by getting two red cards and putting in a wan and ineffectual display but Derry, studded with class players from Chris McKaigue through to Shane McGuigan, played really well. Monaghan didn’t have to in order to beat Down but they were efficient and calmly managed a mid-match crisis. Their league ended gloriously but overall the campaign was inconsistent. Maybe that was a means to an end but they’ll need the tactical competence that’s a feature of their play at best and with Jack McCarron picking up where he left off in the league, they can edge a close encounter. Verdict: Monaghan Leinster SFC semi-finals Kildare v Westmeath, Croke Park, 2.15 – Live, GAAGO For all the talk that Dublin were back in the groove, there was little focus on how well Kildare had done in handing Mickey Harte’s Louth, a happening team, a walloping. That corroborated the league evidence that they were improving. Westmeath veteran Ger Egan recovered in time for the quarter-final and could claim an assist for John Heslin’s goal in a tidy win over battling Longford but they should find this a bit hot to handle. Verdict: Kildare


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