Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1, Round 6 Previews
Donegal v Kildare, O’Donnell Park, 2.00, (J Niland)
This is a crucial game for both sides but for vastly different reasons. Donegal remain just three points behind top of the table Monaghan and will be looking to push for a home semi-final with two wins in their final two games, while Kildare can ease the pressure of relegation with a much needed win. Kildare will be encouraged by the number of points conceded by Donegal’s defence this year but will need to be wary of the Donegal attack with the likes of young Geraldine McLaughlin in superb scoring form, scoring 10-9 in Donegal’s five League games to date.
Laois v Monaghan, O’Moore Park, 2.00, (K Delahunty)
Monaghan currently sit on top of the Division 1 table with five wins from five but they have both Donegal and Cork hot on their heels. But a win this weekend will most likely ensure a home semi-final for the Farney girls and they will be looking to Catriona McConnell to inspire them once again following her 1-6 last time out against Galway. Laois who currently lie fourth would do their own chances of a semi-final spot the world of good with a win at home, but they will be up against it.
Tyrone v Mayo, Eskra, 2.00, (G Corrigan)
This is the typical relegation six pointer as Mayo travel to Tyrone on Sunday with both teams continuing to struggle in the bottom two. Winless Mayo look certain to be relegated but will look to make the most of their last two competitive games ahead of the championship. Tyrone have been boosted by the recent return from injury of Joline Donnelly and know that a win, with favourable results elsewhere, could see them leap frog Kildare and Galway in the table.
Galway v Cork, Mountbellew, 2.30, (M Kenny)
Galway pushed Monaghan hard last time out and can count themselves unlucky not to have got something from the game with Barbara Hannon in fine form. Results this weekend could see Galway climb into the semi-final places or drop down in the relegation zone and that fact will not be lost on Gay O’Brien’s charges. But they also know that they must first overcome Cork who are coming into form with fine wins over Mayo, Donegal and Laois recently and who incidentally beat Galway in last year’s Division 1 decider.
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Dublin v Sligo, Naomh Mearnóg, 2.00, (P Kehoe)
Armagh v Cavan, Athletic Grounds, 12.30, (T McSorley)
Waterford v Kerry, Fraher Field, 2.00, (J Flood)
Meath v Tipperary, Seneschalstown, 1.30, (K Tighe) - Saturday 26th March
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Clare v Longford, Cooraclare, 2.00, (R O’Connor)
Limerick v Wexford, Croagh, 2.30, (S O’hEithir)
Wicklow v Leitrim, Eire Óg, 2.00, (T Lennon)
Fermanagh v Down, Bewester Park, 2.00, (M Farrelly)
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Westmeath v Louth, The Down’s, 2.00, (P Fahy)
Derry v Carlow, Desertmairtin, 2.00, (B McCallion)
Offaly v Kilkenny, Tubber, 3.00, (G Guinan)
Roscommon v Antrim, Kiltoom, 2.00, (G Chapman)