Tuesday 25 June 2019

Farney to edge dour day in Breffni


CAVAN V MONAGHAN (Breffni Park, Tomorrow, 2.0, Live RTÉ 2)

AVERT your gaze. Lock up your children. Turn off your tele'.

Those offended - and there are many - by the loutish goings on in Ballybofey last Sunday are in for an Ulster sequel of spite and grit...or so we're expecting.

Just don't expect goals, though. Monaghan have that experience of refusing to blink first.

ODDS: Cavan 2/1, Draw 15/2, Monaghan 4/7

VERDICT: Monaghan


Clare v Limerick (Cusack Park, Tonight, 7.0)

PAT Burke will make his Championship debut for Clare here, some four years after his last competitive appearance for Dublin.

That was in the League final that Pat Gilroy's team lost to Cork before winning that year's All-Ireland but in the mean time, Burke has maintained his form as one of Dublin club football's most consistent performers.

Clare are relatively stacked in comparison to other years, though neither Davy O'Halloran or Cathal McInerney are picked, despite their defections from the county's hurling squad.

Colm Collins will begin his summer-long suspension from the line but it shouldn't stop his team.

ODDS: Clare 8/13, Draw 15/2 , Limerick 15/8



LONDON v ROSCOMMON (Ruislip, Tomorrow, 3.0)

THE nadir for London's status as a banana skin arrived in 2011 when James Horan's Mayo were taken to extra time and administered with the fright of their collective lives and the peak for the current bunch may well have been the 2013 Connacht final, when Mayo extracted all kinds of revenge for their near embarrassment.

Provided the Rossies don't take their manager's public pronouncement of their soon-to-be status as All-Ireland contenders too seriously, they'll be OK.

ODDS: London 10/1, Draw 25/1, Roscommon 1/25

VERDICT: Roscommon


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