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PREVIEWS: Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship 24th-25th October

Fri 23rd Oct

Cian Nelson


This weekend sees three more games in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship:

Saturday October 24th
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 2
Kilkenny v Westmeath, John Locke’s GAA, Callan, 2pm. (J. McDonagh, Galway)
The Cats got their Championship campaign off to the perfect start last weekend with a well-earned seven-point victory over Waterford on the road. That early victory will provide confidence to the black and amber unit especially with their second-half performance with the game level at the interval. Denise Gaule was once again instrumental for the Cats and Westmeath will need to try keep the sharpshooter at bay.

The success story that keeps on giving. This Westmeath outfit continue to make waves after claiming their very first victory in the Senior Championship with their first outing last weekend. With a goal to separate themselves and last year’s All-Ireland Senior Quarter-Finalists, it was an incredible performance all round and they have certainly earned the respect of their Senior competitors. They will relish this week’s challenge as they take on the 2016 champions Kilkenny.

Sunday October 25th
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 2
Waterford v Limerick, Walsh Park, 2pm (L. Dempsey, Kilkenny)
The Déise may have lost their opening round match against Kilkenny last weekend but they can be happy with their opening half performance against the former champions. The two teams were level at the interval, however Waterford never showed the same fight and were left chasing the game shortly after the resumption. They will need a full sixty-minute performance this weekend if they are to claim their first points in this year’s championship.

Limerick suffered the shock result of the opening round of fixtures and it will be a massive disappointment for this new look side. Despite not having the regular stalwarts they formerly depended on they will still feel they have enough quality within the squad to perform and get the required results. Manager Paul Sexton will need to rally the team again as another defeat will leave little or no chance of progression from the group.

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 3
Dublin v Tipperary, Parnell’s GAA, Coolock, 2pm (O. Elliott, Antrim)
This is the first outing for the Dubs in this year’s campaign as they welcome the challenge of in-form Munster opponents Tipperary this weekend. It will a tough challenge against this year’s League finalists but there is a huge carrot for the Dubs as a win would put them in a great position to advance to the knockout stages ahead of their final group match against Clare.

It was an almost perfect outing last weekend for Tipperary after claiming an impressive 0-20 to 1-8 win over their Munster rivals Clare. After having a commanding lead at the interval, they continued their fine form in the second-half and ran out healthy winners to claim their first victory. The only blemish was being reduced to 14 players after a straight red card for Aishling Moloney but there is no doubt the Munster side are looking strong to reach the latter stages for another campaign.

For details of how to watch a Live Stream of all of this weekend’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship fixtures click HERE

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