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GAA: Leinster Sides Llikely To Progress In Qualifiers

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All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Limerick v Antrim

The Saffrons visit the Gaelic Grounds this weekend as they seek to progress into the next phase of the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Limerick will be disappointed at going down at the hands of Tipperary while Antrim made some good progress in Ulster until they were blown away by Donegal. Antrim need to be far more consistent than they have been, coupled with a poor league performance this year and only a few glimpses of excellent play, the shannonsiders will certainly be the favourites to progress on home soil.

Verdict: Limerick

Tipperary v Longford

Longford head south to the home of the division 4 champions this weekend and will certainly fancy their chances against them. Tipperary have been impressive so far in the Championship, overcoming Limerick and running Cork close. Longford have been more of a championship side in recent times and it will be their defence that needs to remain fixed at the task at hand. Tipperary will certainly fancy their chances with some good players coming through for them from under age football. Longford will have more firepower than Tipperary up front but can’t afford to let this game turn in to a point for point situation towards the finish.

Verdict: Longford

Wicklow v Sligo

Sligo have been a potential banana skin for most sides in the championship as they were Connacht champions a few seasons ago. Wicklow have been a consistent team but have failed to pushed themselves and excel to another level. Sligo will need significant improvements in field if they are to overcome Wicklow.  The Leinster side have plenty of potential up front and need to get possession in to their forward line more quickly. Sligo need to improve but I don’t think they have the all round display or players to beat the big sides in championship at the moment.

Verdict: Wicklow

Wexford v Laois

Wexford have been a relatively strong side in Leinster in recent years and have contested some Leinster finals. Laois on the other hand have been progressing quite nicely in the last few years but have failed to capitalise fully on beating sides. Wexford have a very strong forward line which includes the likes of Ben Brosnan and Ciaran Lyng. Wexford need to improve their ability to free up space for their forwards otherwise they could be in trouble.  Watching both these sides play against the Dubs earlier in the championship it would be hard not to see Laois progressing but Wexford still retain some hope.

Verdict: Laois

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