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Thursday 19 October 2017

No more Rebel hell against the Premier

Football Championship

Tipp manager Liam Kearns. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Tipp manager Liam Kearns. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

MUNSTER SFC SEMI-FINALS

CORK v TIPPERARY

(Páirc Uí Rinn, Today 5.0, RTÉ2)

Amazing how one God-awful performance can be turned into a positive?

So it is with Cork's dice with death in Dungarvan ... once the initial onslaught of criticism had subsided, there quickly emerged a consensus that this was the ideal wake-up call for our reeling Rebels and the very last result that Tipperary would have wanted.

But what if Cork are as bad again? Then all bets are off, especially against a team of Tipp's vibrant attacking capabilities.

For all that, Cork are at home where they will surely up their game. Moreover, it remains to be seen if the visitors can replicate last summer's stellar performance level (in that historic Thurles toppling of Cork but also against Derry, Galway and even in defeat to Mayo).

Liam Kearns has named four SFC debutants but it's one of those missing - suspended 'keeper Evan Comerford - who could prove most costly.

ODDS: Cork 4/7 Draw 8/1 Tipperary 15/8

VERDICT: Cork

CLARE v KERRY

(Ennis, Tomorrow 3.30)

IN case you forgot, with the furore over Brendan O'Sullivan's doping saga and their 'war of words' with Sport Ireland, Kerry are league champions. The men who finally downed the Dubs. And their most likely SFC challengers.

Twice last summer they cruised past Clare. Hard to see anything different here.

ODDS: Clare 9/1 Draw 16/1 Kerry 1/14

VERDICT: Kerry

ULSTER SFC QUARTER-FINAL

CAVAN v MONAGHAN

(Breffni, Tom 2.0, live RTÉ1/BBC2 NI)

The last four SFC meetings, dating back to 1995, have all been one or two-point games.

That's what happens in derbies, even if Monaghan have clearly moved ahead in the Ulster and even All-Ireland pecking order. Now Conor McManus, Jack McCarron & Co can prove it.

ODDS: Cavan 2/1 Draw 7/1 Monaghan 4/7

VERDICT: Monaghan

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