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GAA PreviewsAt last, hurling knockout stage arrives

February 15, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By John Markey

Junior Football “A”Mayo vs. Rangers1 p.m.

It was a great debut for the Westeners in their opening encounter and they will have gained both valuable experience and confidence. They will need to call upon all of their reserves to force the issue this Sunday.

A comfortable victory for Rangers in their first outing, and with Westport, vanquished opponents on that occasion, having recorded a victory last week, all augers well for the blues.

Senior Hurling FinalWestmeath vs. Limerick2:30 p.m.

Yes, indeed, it really is “knockout” time. Westmeath looked impressive in their only outing so far, and with several newcomers fitting into their system well, and led by a resurgent Brian McCabe, all the omens look good for a victory on Sunday and a final appearance.

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Limerick displayed impressive glimpses in overcoming Clare, but they will have to show a lot more on Sunday to Advance.

Senior Football Div. 1Cork vs. Roscommon4 p.m.

Cork were the surprise package of the opening round. Forcing a draw with the defending champions was impressive, but they will also count themselves unlucky not to have secured two points. A similar performance this week should obtain the full return.

Roscommon displayed a lot of character in coming from behind to see off Cavan and another similar outing will pose Cork problems.

Senior Football Div. 2Clare vs. Sligo5:30 p.m.

A farcical outing for Clare in their opener saw them romp home. An easy two points which they won’t read too much into. A much more difficult proposition this week, but a victory will leave Pat Scanlon’s side sitting pretty.

Sligo left their best much too late against Offaly. A better performance will be required this week to keep their championship ambitions alive.

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