GAA: Ulster Sides Set To Progress In Qualifers


All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Carlow v Waterford

The deise men will be the visitors to Dr. Cullen Park this weekend on the back of two tough games against Clare in the opening stages of the Championship. Carlow will be looking to move on from their previous outing, where they were humiliated by Meath, losing by a margin of 28 points.

Waterford will certainly cause Carlow some problems but it will be interesting to see if Carlow can come out and play well after the hammering at the hands of the royal county. Carlow will need to get a foothold in the game early on and try to express some dominance otherwise this game will be beyond them. Waterford have enough potential up front with the likes of Liam O’Lionain giving them some prospect of victory.

Verdict: Waterford

Tyrone v Louth

The wee county will travel north to play the Ulster men in what could be a tough test for the red hand county. Louth will be disappointed with their poor showing against Kildare in the Leinster Championship while Tyrone will find it much easier to bounce back as they have a much bigger resolve than most sides.

Tyrone will be depending on players like Sean Cavanagh and Peter Harte to help them to progress this weekend. Louth lacked any quality or any penetration in their last game. Louth need to focus on improving at the moment but this game should be beyond them.

Verdict: Tyrone

Cavan v Westmeath

Westmeath haven’t featured in any game for quite some time now since they lost to Louth in the opening round of the Leinster Championship. Cavan were a hard working and determined side last year and if they can repeat last year’s exploits they should be far too strong for Westmeath. Westmeath on the other hand have failed to get any victories under the belt either through the league or championship and this may be the case again when they travel to Breffni Park.

Verdict: Cavan

Down v Leitrim

Leitrim will have to face the mourne men in this qualifier game, with Leitrim not really at the same level as the stronger counties. Down have been an inconsistent performer in recent times and are a team that can get things very wrong on occasions. Leitrim will need to get a grip in midfield and need to stop Down from building any momentum. Down will certainly need to show more intent and penetration on a continuous basis otherwise they could leave themselves vulnerable in defence. Down will have the extra firepower over this Leitrim side.

Verdict: Down

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