Three provincial finals and eight qualifier games. Much then for Tomás Ó Se to run the rule over as the summer campaign cranks up a gear.


Munster SFC final
Cork v Kerry, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 7pm

There's a lot of interest in this game. If you're looking at Cork and asking what's different from last year, well new coach Ronan McCathy has instilled a togetherness and a harder edge. They are more direct in their play. In goal, Mark White has been a good addition and more often than not goes long. Kerry pushed up on the Clare kickouts the last day, so expect White to go long again.

Cork have pace in defence, with Kevin Crowley, Sean White and Kevin Flahive, all excellent footballers. Up front, Luke Connolly was outstanding against Tipp and has serious pace. Colm O'Neill is on the bench and should play some part. The Rebels therefore could pose problem for a Kerry defence that haven't been tested yet.

Cork swatted Tipperary out of the way in the semi and that wasn't expected. Can they repeat that performance?

It's a legitimate question. I think they will be competitive which leads me to Kerry. They were direct against Clare, whether kicking long or running and pushed up, not giving the opposition a chance to break.

Were they tested at the back? No, as their forwards had Clare on the back foot from the off.

The winning of this game will be around the middle of the field. If Kerry can get even 50-50 there and with a forward line of Geaney, Clifford, Donoghue and O'Shea and O'Brien, I can't see Cork winning. Kerry by five or six.        

All-Ireland SFC Round 2 qualifiers 
Waterford v Monaghan, Fraher Field, 2pm

Waterford did brilliantly to beat Wexford a couple of weeks ago. Tom McGlinchey and his men have done outstandingly well but they now face a near impossible job taking on a Monaghan team smarting after their nightmare against Fermanagh. I can't see anything other than a Monaghan win.

Tipperary v Mayo, Semple Stadium, 5pm 

This is the tie of the round. So many people have an interest in Mayo and how they are getting on. Cillian O'Connor and Andy Moran are flying at the moment. Tipperary were very poor against Cork the last day and I have no doubt that Liam Kearns will be focused on a getting a performance out of them.

It's the middle eight that have been Mayo's constant down through the years and you'd be a tough man to back against them at Semple Stadium. It's Mayo for me. 

Carlow v Tyrone, Netwatch Cullen Park, 5pm
This is a clash that is going to be so defensive on both sides. I feel that Tyrone, even though they weren't impressive against Meath, will have too much quality up front. Mickey Harte's men will look for an emphatic win here and so emphasise their credentials as a team that will be a genuine threat later in the summer 

Cavan v Down, Brewster Park, 5pm 
Even though Down fail to fire against Donegal, they still racked up 16 points. Compared to last year, Éamonn Burns side have dipped somewhat. Cavan, with Dara McVeety back in the side, will be looking for a good run in these qualifiers. Provided, they knuckle down, they should prevail here with a bit to spare.

Sligo v Armagh, Markievicz Park, 6pm

Kieran McGeeney's men had a huge win over Sligo in the League, 2-17 to 0-09. Sligo, are after taking a big thumping off Galway, rely a lot on Stephen Coen and Adrian Marren.

Armagh would seem to back on track after the win over Westmeath and they should continue their revival here.

Longford v Kildare, Pearse Park, 7pm
It's another huge game for the Lilywhites. They did brilliantly to beat Derry but Pearse Park is a tough place to go to.

I was impressed with certain aspects of Longford's attacking play against Dublin and to be honest we don't have a clue what we'll get from Kildare. They have great potential, but there is also a great unpredictability about them. I give Longford a great chance here.

Leitrim v Louth, Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, 7pm
Louth's win over London will have given them a serious boost after a sustained period where morale was low. With Ryan Burns, Conor Grimes and William Woods leading the charge I think Louth will have too much for a Leitrim side, where if rumours are to be believed, six players have left the squad.

It could be a tough evening at the office for the home side.


All-Ireland SFC Round 2 qualifier
Offaly v Clare, Bord na Móna O'Connor Park 

Paul Rouse has certainly injected life, belief and cohesion into Offaly since he has taken over. They had a very deserving win over Antrim in a game that was in the melting pot in the last quarter, so they showed a spirit that wasn't there earlier in the year.

Colm Collins was honest in saying that Clare did not perform against Kerry. A 22-point defeat tells its own story. They have much room for improvement and I think they will improve. Clare get the nod here. 

Ulster SFC final 
Fermanagh v Donegal, Clones, 2pm

It's strange that Fermanagh and Wicklow are the only counties not to have won a provincial title. Declan Bonner has moulded a Donegal team with a huge injection of youth and great experience. They had 10 scorers against Down and that could prove vital in this game.

We know all about Michael Murphy, Patrick McBrearty and Ryan McHugh, but the younger brigade in Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Paul Brennan and Jamie Brennan and Michael Langan have really stepped up, while also rejuvenating the senior lads.

There are seven or eight of the Donegal squad aged 22-23 and the buzz is definitely back.

I believe they can cope defensively with what Fermanagh will throw at them. 

The Quigleys, Shay Cullen, James McMahon and Eoin Donnelly have all been brilliant for Fermanagh in their march to final even though I thought they were lucky to beat a poor Monaghan side the last day.

I think Donegal playing an exciting brand of football, while still minding the house, will do enough to ensure their opposition won't outscore them. This game will be a slow burner for Bonner's men but they will eventually break Fermanagh's resistance.    

Leinster SFC final
Dublin v Laois, Croke Park, 4pm

John Sugrue deserves huge credit for what he's done in taking over a Laois side who were in a poor state.

They were unbeaten in winning Division 4 and then took care of Wexford, Westmeath and Carlow. The biggest thing Sugrue has brought to Laois is that they are now playing as a unit rather than individually. They are organised and will actually go at Dublin. In fact, I think they'll have a right crack off the Dubs.

Dublin pushed up on Longford and just crushed them a round the middle of the field for possession. They'll bring something similar on Sunday. Gavin's men take every match so seriously and are at a different level to everybody else in Leinster.

It could be interesting if Evan Comerford is between the posts, to see what he can bring, though Stephen Cluxton is a hardy boy and he will do everything in his power to play in a Leinster final.  

Laois will get chances in attack but will need to take everyone of them. That said, they'll be no upset. Dublin to win comfortably. 

Tomás Ó Sé was speaking to RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland.

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