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GAA previews: Rivals Cavan, Mayo to duel in Kearney Cup Final

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

12:30 p.m.

Kearney Cup Final

Cavan vs. Mayo

The two leading lights of the Ladies GAA get a rare showcase in this match as rivals Cavan and Mayo go at it. Cavan, a six-time champion, took this title last year against these same opponents and Rosie O’Reilly and Sue Bennett will be looking to lead the Breffni back to glory.

Mayo laughed last as they annexed the Ladies Championship at Cavan’s expense and Louise McMahon, Elen McGrail and Denise Durnion will try to recapture that form and add another prestigious title.

2 p.m.

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Senior Hurling

Westmeath vs. Offaly

This Midlands derby always gets the blood boiling on both sides and Sunday’s clash should be no exception. Westmeath are deeper and more talented, but their season has yet to really take flight, and their record stands at 1-1. Peter Dalton, Jonathan O’Callaghan and Martin Finn are among the top-flight hurlers in New York and nothing less than a victory will be expected.

Offaly continue to search for their first win since their promotion to the Senior ranks. Sean Nolan, Enda Condren and Eammon Coleman will lead the Faithful’s effort, but where will the scoring come from? Unless Offaly pull a top-notch forward out of the hat or the shuttle, Westmeath will claim local bragging rights.

3:30 p.m.

Senior Football A

Donegal vs. Stamford

This should be a great match as two slightly desperate teams hook up. Defending champions Donegal have staggered out to a 1-2 record. It may be too soon to panic, but not by much. Donegal would love to have Owen Cummins back to steady the backs. Martin Coll has been starting in the forwards, but he and the team both perform better when he is in his more accustomed midfield role.

Stamford will be anxious to wash the bitter taste of the Cavan match from their mouths. They dominated for so much of that match but let too many chances to clinch go by, and they paid for it. Kevin Newell, Phil Wickham and Richie Purcell will make you earn your scores. Up front, Ronan Mooney, Fergal O’Neill, Stephen Owens and Padraig Craven were all good against Cavan. If they are all available and Stamford have learned their lesson this could be their week.

5 p.m.

Senior Football B

Clare vs. Monaghan

Monaghan are cruising along at 3-0 with a well-balanced side that won’t be easily toppled in the “B” division. They boast a strong defense, with a nasty edge, led by Martin Slowey and Bernard Traynor. Hughie O’Sullivan is an underrated midfielder with a knack for making the big play. The Monaghan attack is led by Micheal Slowey — and good luck trying to stop him. Even if you contain him from play, he’s liable to kill you from frees.

Clare are the underdogs, but they are not without talent. Gary Dowd is their top man. Whether operating in the forwards or the middle of the field, Dowd sprints through the opposing defense can be electrifying. Dave O’Halloran and Gary Rocks can also cause damage, but not enough for the upset.

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