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Thursday 14 December 2017

MATCH CENTRE

TODAY

AIB ALL-IRELAND CLUB SHC SEMI-FINALS

BALLYHALE SHAMROCKS (Kilkenny) v GORT (Galway)

Tullamore: 2.0, live TG4, J Ryan (Tipperary)

MOVING the match from a frozen Thurles may alter the atmosphere but not, we suspect, the result. Ballyhale, shaken and stirred by their extra-time escape to victory over Kilcormac/Killoughey, should have too much firepower for the conquerors of Portumna.

ODDS: Ballyhale 1/4, Draw 10/1, Gort 7/2.

VERDICT: Ballyhale

KILMALLOCK (Limerick) v PORTAFERRY (Down)

Mullingar: 2.0, deferred TG4, J Keenan (Wicklow)

THE good news for Portaferry? Mullingar is a lot closer than Thurles. The bad news? Kilmallock, having graduated with honours from a thrilling Munster campaign, will surely march on to Croker on March 17.

ODDS: Kilmallock 1/10, Draw 14/1, Portaferry 13/2.

VERDICT: Kilmallock

WALSH CUP SH FINAL

DUBLIN v GALWAY

Croke Park: 5.0, S Cleere (Kilkenny).

ODDS: Dublin 4/6, Draw 17/2, Galway 11/8.

VERDICT: Dublin

ALLIANZ FL DIVISION 1

DUBLIN v DONEGAL

Croke Park: 7.0, live Setanta 1, M Deegan (Laois).

ODDS: Dublin 1/2, Draw 8/1, Donegal 11/5.

VERDICT: Donegal

DIVISION 2

DOWN v ROSCOMMON

Pairc Esler: 7.0, B Cassidy (Derry).

ODDS: Down 8/13, Draw 15/2, Roscommon, 7/4. VERDICT: Down

LAOIS v CAVAN

Portlaoise: 7.0, P Neilan (Roscommon).

ODDS: Laois 13/10, Draw 7/1, Laois 5/6. VERDICT: Draw

MEATH v KILDARE

Navan: 7.0, live Setanta Ireland, C Branagan (Down).

ODDS: Meath evens, Draw 15/2, Kildare 11/10.

VERDICT: Kildare

TOMORROW

Allianz Football League Division 1

DERRY v KERRY

Celtic Park: 2.0, J McQuillan (Cavan)

A LONG and desperately tricky engagement for a Kerry team playing catch-up; but we've an inkling that, even understrength, they might sneak it.

ODDS: Derry evens, Draw 15/2, Kerry 11/10.

VERDICT: Kerry

MAYO v TYRONE

Elverys MacHale Park: 2.0, live TG4, E Kinsella (Laois).

CRISIS? What crisis? Facing Mayo away should tell us whether the lights going out against Monaghan was merely a Tyrone hiccup or heralded something worse.

ODDS: Mayo 4/9, Draw 15/2, Tyrone 5/2. VERDICT: Mayo

MONAGHAN v CORK

Castleblayney: 2.0, deferred TG4, F Kelly (Longford).

CORK showed true grit against an understrength Dublin but Monaghan, away, looks a daunting ask.

Odds: Monaghan 4/5, Draw 15/2, Cork 11/8. Verdict: Monaghan

Division 2

WESTMEATH v GALWAY

Mullingar: 2.0, C Reilly (Meath).

ODDS: Westmeath 7/4, Draw 15/2, Galway 8/13. VERDICT: Galway

Division 3 (2.0)

Templetuohy: Tipperary v Limerick, E O'Grady (Leitrim); Drogheda: Louth v Clare, M McNally (Monaghan); Markievicz Park: Sligo v Fermanagh, D Fahy (Longford); Wexford Park: Wexford v Armagh, C Lane (Cork).

Division 4 (2.0)

Netwatch Cullen Park: Carlow v London, 1.0, B Cawley (Kildare). Glennon Brothers Pearse Pk: Longford v Antrim, S Hehir (Galway). Tullamore: Offaly v Waterford, S Joy (Kerry). Aughrim: Wicklow v Leitrim, N Ward (Westmeath).

Kehoe Cup Final

Trim: Meath v Wicklow, 2.0, K Brady (Louth).

COMPILED BY FRANK ROCHE

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