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GAA: Exiles Ready To Shake Things Up In Connacht

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Down v Tyrone

This games sees these two formidable opponents off again in another titanic battle in the North-east with home advantage providing the Ulster champions with the best possible opportunity to overcome Ulster rivals Tyrone. The red hand county will look again to the inspirational Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh to pull this game out of the hat and should be more consistent than the Mourne men. Down will be disappointed that they let the game slip away last time out, with poor discipline in the closing stages costing them victory. Down still have enough potential to turn the game in their favour but they haven’t been a very consistent team in the championship and that alone may cost them.

Verdict: Tyrone

Derry v Donegal

This will be another hard fought classic in the Ulster Championship. League finalists Derry have been in relatively good form this season, with Donegal not far behind, setting up a hard-hitting neighbouring derby game between these two teams. 2012 All-Ireland champions Donegal failed to hit the same heights last year and this will be a chance for them to get their campaign off to the best possible start. Derry started the year well, beating some strong sides and maintaining their division 1 status, although they didn’t maintain their form after all rounds of the league finished. Home advantage may be a crucial factor also for the oakleafers. Donegal might spring a surprise for their near neighbours and possibly pull this game out of the bag.

Verdict: Donegal

Connacht Senior Football Championship

London v Galway

This game is open for both sides to advance to the next round. Galway have been over dependent on their influential forward Michael Meehan who has been plagued with injuries, presenting a great opportunity for London to record their first victory over the tribesmen. It would still be hard to see Galway not coming away with a win, even thoughLondon were the team everyone was talking about last year. London’s increasing influence in the championship, combined with a larger pool of players due to emigration has provided them with a massive boost, giving the exiles the best possible chance to overcome Galway. London have been an impressive team before and have been threatening to beat a high quality side in the championship in the last few years and this weekend could see that come to fruition.

Verdict: London

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