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London Make First Connacht Final Appearance As Donegal Aim For Three In A Row

Connacht Senior Football Final

Mayo v London

London come into this game as underdogs but they have been threatening to pull off a shock victory for a while. London will be looking at players like Lorcan Mulvey and Mark Gottsche help them overcome the power of Mayo. Mayo will be well aware of the threat the exiles possess as they only scraped by them last year. Mayo should win this game without too much trouble. London have done exceptionally well and should enjoy this game at the weekend. I think Mayo will win this game by six or seven points at the final whistle.

Verdict : Mayo

Ulster Senior Football Final

Donegal v Monaghan

Monaghan come into this game as complete underdogs as they face the reigning All-Ireland Champions. Monaghan will be hoping Conor McManus, Paul Finlay and Tommy Freeman can halt the Donegal men from claiming their third Ulster title in a row. Donegal will be looking for good performances from McFadden, Murphy and McBrearty to get the scores they need as Monaghan will set up defensively in what could be quite a physical encounter between the two teams in the Ulster Final. Donegal have enough scoring power to come through this game and reach the All-Ireland Quarter Final.

Verdict: Donegal

All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 3

Galway v Armagh

Galway progress to this game after narrow wins over Waterford and Tipperary, while Armagh have  all ready annihilated their opponents in their last two games against Wicklow and Leitrim. Armagh will be hard to beat with players like McVerry, Kernan and Clarke which all have impressed in the qualifiers. Galway will need a good start to the game and will need to play out of their skins to win this game. They will be looking for a huge performance from Michael Meehan up front. Galway need more time to rebuild a strong team to play against better opposition. Armagh have the firepower to put the tribesmen out of the championship.

Verdict: Armagh

Derry v Cavan

This will be an interesting game that involves one team with plenty OF firepower and the other with a solid tough grafting work ethic. Derry haVE the forwards to win the game while Cavan still have the determination and hunger to succeed. Home advantage will be more crucial at this time of the year with most games heading for Croker. Derry will be hoping that Eoin Bradley and Enda Lynn can continue a good run in the qualifiers for them. Cavan’s defensive effort over the last few games to turn possession over and into scores is quite remarkable. Derry will need to open this game up with quick play to get inside the Cavan defensive system. Derry should progress but don’t rule out Cavan just yet.

Verdict: Derry

Wexford v Laois

This is going to be a fascinating game of forward play. Laois have been scoring goals at will, since the start of the qualifiers and have been doing nicely over the last number of weeks. This will be a test for Laois as they face a slightly superior Wexford forward line. Laois will be hoping the likes of David Conway and Ross Munnelly can continue scoring goals for their side to help them progress. Wexford have an abundance of forwards including Banville, Brosnan and Lyng that can help them triumph over their Leinster rivals. Wexford’s only problem in this game will be getting sufficient possession. This tight game will be won by the team who punishes defensive mistakes the best.

Verdict: Wexford

Kildare v Tyrone

Kildare will need to show the same spirit that they had in their previous game against Louth to upset the odds against Tyrone. Kildare will be hoping players like Johnny Doyle and Tomas O’Connor can help them get through this game. Kildare will need to replicate what they did against Louth , with the exception of conceding early to their opponents. Home advantage will be a massive boost for the Lilywhites. Tyrone still pose a huge threat to the Lilywhites with players like Sean Cavanagh and Stephen O’Neill on their side. Tyrone have progressed nicely in the qualifiers and would also need a vast improvement on their previous qualifier game with Roscommon.

Verdict: Tyrone

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