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Saturday 10 December 2016

Rossies to set up Mayo showdown

CONNACHT SFC SEMI-FINAL

SLIGO v ROSCOMMON

(Markievicz Park, Today, 7.0, Live Sky)

MAYBE John Evans' (above) predictions of global domination were tempered somewhat by Mayo's show of strength in Salthill last Sunday and maybe not.

But if the first stop to Roscommon's totalitarianism is provincial success, then Evans' team will need something they haven't yet shown just to get going.

Sligo shouldn't present too many traps, even if Markievicz Park makes this one a littl e tricker than it should be.

Stephen Coen was axed from their panel this week for a breach of discipline and their outrageous and unnecessary period of inactivity will likely work against them.

ODDS: Sligo 3/1, Draw 8/1, Roscommon 4/11

VERDICT: Roscommon

ULSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL

MONAGHAN v FERMANAGH

(Breffni Park, Tomorrow, 4.0)

FOR Malachy O'Rourke, the selection of Colin Walshe to start here must be a bitter-sweet sort of managerial experience.

He did the business off the bench against Cavan and with the former All Star now fully back in tune following his cruciate injury absence, an elevation to a starting spot was always probable.

That he does so in place of Drew Wylie, who has fallen foul of the same cruel injury, is the cloud on the silver lining for O'Rourke.

Monaghan have too much quality - in their first XV and reserve - and winning experience to trip up here.

ODDS: Monaghan 2/9, Draw 10/1, Fermanagh 9/2

VERDICT: Monaghan

BOYLESPORTS CHARITY BET

THE BLANCHE BET:

€30 Accumulator - Galway, Kilkenny, Tipperary to win Hurling & Monaghan (Football) @ 13/8. €20 - Joe Canning to score the 1st Goal V Laois @ 7/2.

Running total: €355

THE HERALD WAGER:

€20 on Waterford to beat Offaly @ 11/4. €30 Accumulator - Laois (-8) to beat Galway @ 5/4, Wexford (+6) @ 6/5 and Tipperary (-4) @ 6/4.

RUNNING TOTAL: €290.09

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