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In brief: Banner set to boost push for promotion with win over Kerry

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO

CLARE v KERRY (Ennis, Today 2.30)

ALREADY this division is starting to resemble a predictable two-horse race at the top.

Expect the Banner to tighten their grip on second place with plenty to spare.

ODDS: Clare 1/20, Draw 16/1, Kerry 9/1

VERDICT: Clare

DOWN v LAOIS (Ballycran, Tomorrow 1.30)

Laois boss Brendan Fennelly isn't best amused by Down's split personality, judging from the following quote: "Up there, Down have beaten Carlow and were leading Limerick with 12 minutes remaining. But then they go down to Clare and made a mess of the league."

By that he means shipping a 31-point defeat.

Home comforts should ensure a much closer (albeit losing) contest.

ODDS: Down 16/5, Draw 12/1, Laois 1/4

VERDICT: Laois

CARLOW v LIMERICK (Dr Cullen Pk, Tom. 2.30)

Carlow's slim promotion hopes took a battering when losing in Antrim by a point.

High-flying Limerick will now inflict the killer blow.

ODDS: Carlow 9/2, Draw 12/1, Limerick 1/6

VERDICT: Limerick

WESTMEATH v ANTRIM (Cusack Pk, Tom. 2.30)

Westmeath prevailed by a point in last year's corresponding fixture, a result that ultimately helped to stave off relegation.

Now they're desperate for history to repeat itself, but you couldn't be overly confident.

ODDS: Westmeath 11/5, Draw 10/1, Antrim 2/5

VERDICT: Antrim



Cats scalp can ease the Ernesiders crisis

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE

DIVISION FOUR

KILKENNY v FERMANAGH (Jenkinstown, Today 5.0)

The perfect cure for a ruptured squad in crisis -- bring on the Cats!

ODDS: Kilkenny 25/1, Draw 33/1, Fermanagh 1/1000

VERDICT: Fermanagh

WICKLOW v ROSCOMMON (Aughrim, Tom. 2.30)

Forgive us our fence-sitting trespasses -- more stalemate for Micko's draw specialists.

ODDS: Wicklow 11/10, Draw 7/1, Roscommon 10/11

VERDICT: Draw

LEITRIM v CARLOW

(Carrick-on-Shannon, Tom 2.30)

Close but no cigar for Carlow.

ODDS: Leitrim 4/7, Draw 7/1, Carlow 7/4

VERDICT: Leitrim

CLARE v LONGFORD

(Ennis, Tomorrow 2.30)

Buoyed by their U21 heroes, Longford to keep promotion dream alive.

ODDS: Clare 13/8, Draw 7/1, Longford 8/13

VERDICT: Longford

By Frank Roche