We take a look at this weekends crucial clashes in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate and Premier Junior Championship Semi-Finals.
Saturday August 20th
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Semi-Finals
Kilkenny v Kildare
MacDonagh Park, Nenagh
Referee: Éamon Cassidy
Kildare finished second in their group having won three of their four games. Having had some tough games so far, they will be looking forward to another tough task against a strong Kilkenny side.
After topping their group, having won all four of their games Kilkenny will be looking forward to this weekend’s Semi-Final and they will be looking to join the Kilkenny Senior team in Croke Park on September 11th.
Cork v Laois
MacDonagh Park, Nenagh
Referee: John McDonagh
This Cork team will be looking to follow in the footsteps of the Cork Senior team and set up an All-Ireland Final date on September 11th. Having won all four of their games in the group stages they will be looking to pick up another victory on Saturday.
Laois finished second in their group after winning two of their four games this year. A tough task will be ahead of them this weekend, however they will be fired up for this crucial game and they will be hoping to progress to this year’s All-Ireland Final.
Sunday, August 21st
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship Semi-Finals
Armagh v Roscommon
O’Connell Park, Drumlane
Referee: Alan Doheny
Top of the table Armagh, having won five out of their six games will be hoping they can reach this year’s All-Ireland Final by securing victory once again over Roscommon. Earlier on this year they won the National League Final against Roscommon and also defeated them in the group stages.
Roscommon will be looking to progress to this year’s All-Ireland Final but face a tough task this weekend, having been beaten by Armagh twice already this year. They will be looking to get revenge in Drumlane on Sunday.
Westmeath v Carlow
St. Lachtain's GAA, Freshford
Referee: Julie O’Neill
Westmeath finished second in the group this year, having won four, lost one and drew one of their games. When they last faced Carlow in the first round of the Championship, Westmeath lost out by a single point.
Similarly to Westmeath, Carlow have won four of their games however they also lost on two occasions. This Semi-Final clash is set to be a tight contest with both teams eager to progress this year.