By John Markey
Junior Football “A”Dublin vs. Fermanagh1 p.m.
The Dubs found their opening game in Junior “A” a daunting task and were no match for Rockland. However, in light of recent circumstances, Rockland were found guilty of breaching the rules and the match was awarded to Dublin. Two points behind them now a win will leave them in a great position.
Fermanagh looked good in the opening half of their game with Mayo. Lack of fitness was to cost them dearly as was some terrible shooting. Unless their performance in front of goal improves they may fall to another surprise defeat.
Senior HurlingWaterford vs. Cork2:30 p.m.
The opening championship clash brings together two of recent promotees to senior ranks.
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Waterford, last season’s junior champions, were impressive despite their defeat at the hands of Westmeath in the Brendan Keane knock-out Cup. If their front men can be as active this week they should be too strong for Cork.
Cork have found the transition to senior ranks a difficult one. An uninspiring season last year almost led to the break up of the club over the close season and unless significant improvement is forthcoming, it looks like being another long season.
Senior Football Div. ILeitrim vs. Cavan4 p.m.
The defending champions struggled for long periods in their last outing against Cork. Then again, the Rebels have been the only side to test them in recent years. They forced a share of the spoils, but with several panel members expected to return this week, they look good for their first victory in the ’98 season.
Cavan were dealt a severe body blow with their manager, selectors and three of their panel suspended for a year. One wonders if they can recover and against the current holders, they won’t hold out much optimism for two points on Sunday.
Senior Football Div. IILongford vs. Kerry5:30 p.m.
Longford fell at the first time of asking this season. They had no answers for an impressive Monaghan outfit and against another formidable opponent on Sunday, they could find themselves in real trouble so early in the season.
Kerry overcame Celtics in their first outing after a bumpy start. Once they settled they played much the better football and if they can continue the momentum, will be looking to claim an early divisional lead.