By Mike Fitzpatrick
Junior Football, Div. A
Fermanagh vs. Rockland
Having lost two out of three games so far this season, Fermanagh will be looking for a win to entertain any hopes they have of venturing further in this years competition.
Rangers are clearly the team to beat, but Donegal are also looking good. Rockland have won one and drawn the only other game they’ve played, so they are obviously still well in contention for honors this season.
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Fermanagh were well beaten by Donegal a number of weeks back, though if Ronan McCabe starts the game upfront for the Ulster side, Fermanagh will surely fancy their chances versus the favored Rockland side. I’m going for a Rockland win.
Clare vs. Waterford
Waterford failed in their quest to overtake Limerick in the league table due to their heavy defeat at the hands of the Limerick hurlers last week, so Jimmy Duggan’s men will surely be anxious to get back on a winning track and claim the points with a win here.
Clare have had something of a rollercoaster ride so far this year, winning, losing and drawing a game each.
Waterford will certainly enter the game as favorites, but should Clare have a full strength side out, they will cause problems.
Clare’s last appearance at Gaelic Park resulted in a loss, though they were missing key players.
I feel Waterford will clinch this game, but if they go into the game on a downbeat note after last week’s defeat, Clare will certainly take full advantage.
Senior Football Div. 1
Cavan vs. Donegal
Donegal are in an enviable position at the top of the table, having won all four games so far this season, whereas Cavan, despite having opened the season with a trouncing of champs Leitrim, have gone on to lose their three games.
Cavan must face this daunting tie with optimism, for if they let their guard down at all, Donegal could run riot. Having utilized the services of Niall Buckley, Glenn Ryan and Anthony Rainbow in recent weeks, Donegal continued their fabulous run this season and no doubt will continue it with a win over their Cavan counterparts.
Senior Football Div. 1
Leitrim vs. Westmeath
Leitrim have been a little out of sorts recently, never really displaying the talents they are so obviously in possession of. Losing recently to a stirring Donegal performance despite being the better side for much of the tie, Leitrim really need the points if they are to keep up hope of lengthening their reign as team of the ’90s.
Westmeath have proved that they can match any of the bigger sides and have pulled off a number of good looking wins so far this season. Leitrim will no doubt be favorites, but I feel that Westmeath could just provide a little shock on Sunday in beating the champs.