Previews: Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship
Saturday July 29th
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship, Group 1
Dublin v Westmeath
Both Dublin and Westmeath have already qualified for the Semi-Finals having won all three of their games so far. However, both sides will have their eyes set on topping the group in order to and secure a seeded Semi-Final draw. The Dubs have already won silverware this year when they captured the Division 3 National League title back in April and will be hoping to add another title come September. This should make for a tight affair as Westmeath have looked very impressive so far in this year’s Championship with three comfortable wins over Offaly, Waterford and Offaly.
Referee: Conor Quinlan (Galway)
Venue: Parnells GAA, Coolock
Offaly v Wicklow
Neither Offaly or Wicklow can qualify for the knockout stages but both sides will be looking to put in a performance and end their season on a high. So far Offaly have picked up a win against Waterford but failed to threaten both Dublin and Westmeath. Wicklow will look to put a disappointing campaign behind them having failed to pick up any points by putting in a good display on Saturday away from home.
Referee: Mike Sheehan (Cork)
Venue: St. Brendan’s Park, Birr
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship, Group 2
Kerry v Clare
Kerry secured their place in the Semi-Finals following a win against Roscommon a fortnight ago in Tralee. The Kingdom will be hoping to take top spot in the group and a win or a draw this weekend would guarantee them that. Clare meanwhile, are looking to put some points on the board for the campaign and end on a high note. These sides met in this year’s National League Division 3 campaign where Kerry ran out comfortable winners.
Referee: John Horgan (Cork)
Venue: Abbeydorney, Kerry
Roscommon v Armagh
Roscommon and Armagh meet in a crucial battle for second place and qualification to the next round. A win for either side will see them progress to the Semi-Finals and if it happens to end in a draw Armagh will progress on scoring difference. Roscommon will be hoping they can bounce back quickly from their defeat to Kerry and put on a good performance in front of a home crowd. Armagh comfortably defeated Clare in their last outing and lost by the narrowest of margins to Kerry on the opening day.
Referee: Gavin Donegan (Dublin)
Venue: St. Dominic’s GAA, Roscommon