FOOTBALL

Division 1

SATURDAY 26 MARCH
1900 Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park

SUNDAY 27 MARCH 
1400 Cork v Down, Páirc Uí Rinn
1500 Monaghan v Kerry, Clones
1530 Roscommon v Mayo, Dr Hyde Park 

Dublin have qualified for the semi-finals as they seek to land a fourth consecutive title. The other three spots are still up for grabs, with Roscommon on eight points, Kerry and Donegal on six, Monaghan and Cork on four, all in contention. Mayo on two are under pressure. Down have lost all of their games so far and are virtually certain to return to Division 2 after one season in the top flight.

Roscommon have certainly made their mark back in the top tier, beating Kerry, Cork and Donegal. Another victory against Mayo at the Hyde could condemn Stephen Rochford's side to the drop, if Monaghan defeat Kerry.

Indeed, Sunday's game between the Connacht counties may be a dress rehearsal for a potential provincial final meeting on 10 July.

Donegal's early season gallop was halted by Kerry in that feisty encounter in Tralee on 6 March and a week later Roscommon proved too hot to handle in Letterkenny. Rory Gallagher's side travel to Croke Park on Saturday evening, eyeing maximum points to give them a last-four berth.

As has been the case in recent seasons, Kerry have taken a while to find their groove, but wins over Down, Donegal and Mayo have them back on track. They travel to Clones to take on a Monaghan side, whose form has tailed off after a bright start to the campaign. In the corresponding fixture last season, the Farney prevailed by four points on Kingdom soil.

Peadar Healy's Cork will fancy their chances of accounting for Down at Páirc Uí Rinn and so leave them well placed for a semi-final spot.    

Division 2

SATURDAY 26 MARCH
1900 Tyrone v Armagh, Healy Park

SUNDAY 27 MARCH 
1400
Derry v Meath, Owenbeg
1500 Cavan v Laois, Breffni Park
1500 Galway v Fermanagh, Tuam Stadium 

Tyrone have already guaranteed themselves promotion after five rounds, but speaking during the week Mickey Harte is keen for his troops to keep the foot to the floor. Holy Saturday evening sees the Red Hands take on Armagh in what is a crucial game for Kieran McGeeney’s men, who find themselves bottom of the table on three points.

Laois and Meath are also on three but have a superior scoring difference, while Fermanagh are a point ahead.

The battle to avoid the drop will be fiercely contested. Laois are away to in-form Cavan, who are on six points, edging Galway also on six on scoring difference.

Indeed, the Breffni County have upped their scoring rate this spring and will be favourites to make it four wins from four.

Fermanagh travel to Tuam to take on Galway, who have picked up five of their six points on the road. Derry are on five points and they play host to a Meath outfit who have surrendered sizeable leads in recent games. 

Division 3

SATURDAY 26 MARCH
1400 Tipperary v Kildare, Clonmel

SUNDAY 27 MARCH 
1500
Clare v Longford, Cusack Park
1500 Sligo v Limerick, Markievicz Park
1500 Westmeath v Offaly, Cusack Park

It's all very tight in the third tier. Kildare (eight points), as expected are leading the way, but are coming off a defeat to Sligo on home soil. They won't get anything easy when they travel to Clonmel to take on Tipperary. The Premier are on six points, as are Clare and Longford, and their meeting in Ennis is sure to be close.

Offaly are also on six and a win for the Faithful against Westmeath, coupled with a victory for Sligo over Limerick, would see Tom Cribbin's side drop to Division 4 - and with it a third successive relegation. 

Division 4

SATURDAY 26 MARCH
1400 Leitrim v Carlow, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

SUNDAY 27 MARCH

1300 Waterford v London, Fraher Field
1300 Wicklow v Antrim, Aughrim
1300 Louth v Wexford, Gaelic Grounds

Antrim, who together with Dublin and Tyrone are the only counties on full points across all the divisions, will be guaranteed promotion if they beat Wicklow in Aughrim. The Ulstermen have ten points, two ahead of Louth and Wexford. They meet in Drogheda in a repeat of last year’s Division 3 clash which Louth won.

Leitrim, Carlow and Wicklow are all on four points, while London are the only team in the division without a point.

HURLING

Division 2A final
1600 Carlow v Westmeath, O'Connor Park

They meet for the second time in six days, with Carlow having won the group game by 0-20 to 1-15 at Cullen Park last Sunday. It was Westmeath’s only defeat while Carlow also had one loss, going down to London in the second round. 

The Lake County are in the final for a second successive year, having lost to Kerry last year. 

Pat English's Carlow were last in the final two years ago when they lost to Kerry. 

Division 2B final
1400 Armagh v Down, Dowdallshill

Both won four of five games in the group series. Armagh’s only defeat was against Down in the Athletic Grounds first round while Down’s only reverse came against Mayo.

Down beat the Orchard County by two points in the opening round (2-16 to 2-14).

Division 3A final
1600 Monaghan v Roscommon, Ballyshannon

Roscommon won all five games in the divisional series to Monaghan's three. The Rossies were victorious when the sides met in their Round 2 clash in Athleague on a 1-12 to 1-10 scoreline.

Division 3B final
1400 Fermanagh v Longford, Markievicz Park

Both have won two of three games. Fermanagh’s defeat came against Sligo in the first round while Longford’s loss was against their final opponents (3-17 to 3-13).

ONLINE 
Live blogs on all the weekend’s action from 1845 on Saturday and 1400 on Sunday.

ON TV
Saturday
1830 Dublin v Donegal and Tyrone v Armagh live on Setanta

Sunday
1500 Roscommon v Mayo live and deferred coverage of Donegal v Cork 1710 on TG4
1930 Highlights from the weekend’s action on Allianz League Sunday on RTÉ 2 and RTÉ Player

ON RADIO
Sunday
1400 Updates on all of the day’s games on RTÉ 1 

All live/deferred games available worldwide via GAAGO

WEATHER 
Saturday, will start overcast and wet in many places, especially the eastern half of the country, with the rain, heavy or thundery at times, with some spot flooding. But more showery weather, with occasional bright or short sunny spells, in western areas in the morning, will extend to all areas for the afternoon and evening.

Top temperatures of around 9 to 11 C. Winds will be mostly moderate to fresh, but will strengthen later in the day, especially in some coastal areas 

Sunday will be a cold and breezy day with bright or sunny spells. It will turn showery with the risk of hail or thunder.