SATURDAY 30 MAY

Munster SFC quarter-finals

Clare v Limerick, Cusack Park, 6pm

Waterford v Tipperary, Fraher Field, 7pm

Leinster SFC quarter-finals

Wexford v Dublin, Chadwicks Wexford Park, 6.30pm

Westmeath v Longford, TEG Cusack Park, 6pm

Ulster SFC quarter-final

Monaghan v Down, Clones, 4.30pm

Connacht SFC semi-final

Sligo v Roscommon, Markievicz Park, 5pm

SUNDAY 1 MAY

Leinster SFC quarter-finals

Meath v Wicklow, Pairc Tailteann, 2pm

Kildare v Louth, O'Connor Park, 4pm

Ulster SFC quarter-final

Derry v Tyrone, Healy Park, 4pm

ONLINE

Live blog on RTÉ Sport Online and RTÉ News Now app

TV

Sunday's clash between Tyrone and Derry will be shown live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player, while Sky Sports will have live coverage on Saturday of Down v Monaghan (4.30pm) and Wexford v Dublin (6.30pm) Highlights of all games on The Sunday Game on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player at 9.30pm

RADIO

Live updates as part of Saturday Sport and Sunday on RTÉ Radio 1 and in Irish on Raidió na Gaeltachta.

WEATHER

Saturday will be a mostly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain or drizzle. Persistent and heavy rain at times will develop over Ulster, with highest temperatures of 11 to 15 degrees. Light rain spreading from the northwest throughout the day on Sunday.

Details at Met.ie.

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Derry looking to repeat 2006 feat

There are no shortage of games this weekend, but just how many of them will be competitive, or shed light on what might lie ahead at the business end of the season remains unknown.

Ulster has been the lifeblood of the provincial championships in recent years – though Connacht is making a good fist of it now – and one game stands out this weekend.

Derry are being backed by all and sundry to be the team most likely to cause an upset or perhaps exceed expectations. The 1993 All-Ireland winners have spent quite a while in the doldrums, but Rory Gallagher has lifted expectations within the county that brighter days are ahead.

They were pipped by Donegal in their Ulster meeting last year, the then Division Three team coming within a whisker of an early season shock. The league form that followed was impressive too, with the Sperrin men looking good for a return to the top-flight before a draw with Roscommon and a heavy Galway defeat saw them finish up in third spot.

Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly in action against Derry defender Chrissy McKaigue in 2019

The All-Ireland champions are likely to face a much sterner challenge than Fermanagh provided, whom they eased past after a sluggish start, two late goals putting a gloss on the scoreline for the losers.

The Red Hand have had a number of players leave the panel since landing Sam Maguire last year – seven to be exact – but one man who will definitely feature against Derry is Conor McKenna.

The influential attacker had his red card against Fermanagh rescinded and is likely to be key in breaking down an organised Derry rearguard.

Derry fans looking for a historical omen will recall that in 2006 they downed the then All-Ireland champions in one of the big upsets of the championship.

A similar win tomorrow wouldn't have the same shock factor, but the Ulster champions will still be expected to advance.

The other game in Ulster is a quarter-final clash between Down and Monaghan. The Farney men always seems to pull relegation escapes in the league out of the fire, and this year was no different.

Down manager James McCartan

Down on the other hand mustered just one point from a possible 14 in Division 2 and the build-up to Saturday’s game has been dominated by rumours of manager James McCartan stepping away.

He remains in place, but you’d get long odds for a morale boosting win in Clones.

Liam Kerr, Ceilum Doherty and Finn McElroy have left the panel and the likes of Andrew Gilmore, Barry O’Hagan, Pat Havern and Cory Quinn will have to be at their clinical best if the Mourne men are to make the game competitive.

Monaghan’s last-day win over Dublin in the league was the ideal outing before championship and manager Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney will be hoping to secure a semi-final spot against Tyrone or Derry.


Will we have a proper Leinster championship?

Could we be reading match reports from the meeting of Wexford and Dublin on Saturday that begin with "rumours of Dublin's demise have been greatly exaggerated"? Or something to that effect.

Dessie Farrell's men were a shadow of their former selves for much of the league campaign that ended in relegation, but did show signs against Tyrone that there is still some of the old spark there. Just how much remains to be seen.

The return of Con O'Callaghan is a huge boost, but Wexford were resolute last year in their Leinster meeting – an indication of what was to follow for the Dubs - and come into the game on the crest of a wave after victory over Laois.

Ciarán Kilkenny and Brian Fenton will be among Dublin's key men

It's a rare outing in Leinster outside of Croke Park, but the travelling Dublin supporters will hope the league form – five losses from seven and the concession of 11 goals – is significantly improved upon

With Fitzsimons, McCarthy, Fenton, Kilkenny and O’Callaghan, it remains as strong a spine a team that is out there, it’s more to do with the supporting cast.

In the other quarter-finals, Meath will be expected to see off Wicklow while the meeting of Westmeath and Longford sees two Division 3 teams squaring off (Longford won that encounter by four points) but the meeting of Kildare and Louth could be the pick of the bunch.

Louth manager Mickey Harte

Mickey Harte is working his magic in the Wee County and the Division 3 champions, with Sam Mulroy leading the attack, will fancy putting it up to a Kildare side that began the league brightly before fading and suffering the drop to Division 2.


Elsewhere...

Roscommon travel to Markievicz Park on Saturday knowing that failure to take their place in a Connacht final would be a huge shock.

The Rossies enjoyed a fine league campaign and finished in style by getting the better of the Tribesmen in the decider and have a number of match-winners within their ranks.

Kevin McStay recently described Enda Smith as a "goal machine" of a midfielder, and upfront they are a formidable unit.

Cian McKeon, Donie Smith, Conor Cox and the Murtagh brothers provide serious firepower, while the midfield pairing of Ultan Harney and Eddie Nolan is a strong launching pad in the middle third.

Roscommon's Enda Smith

Sligo squeezed past New York in the Big Apple and impressed in the majority of their league outings, but this should be a bridge too far.

In Munster, the meeting of Tipperary and Waterford is a clash of two Division 4 sides, but the Premier County are strong favourites to leave Fraher Field with the away win.

The Déise will point to a draw between the sides earlier in the league, but from there the respective graphs went in opposite directions.

That opening day point was all Waterford registered in the campaign while Tipp, after finding their groove, were promoted alongside Cavan.

The other quarter-final has an intriguing look to it with Limerick travelling to Cusack Park to take on Clare. Colm Collins' side are a model of consistency in Division 2, but the Treaty men caught the eye this year in emerging from Division 3.

Former Limerick footballer Ian Ryan said earlier this week it was the first time in a decade that people on the street are talking about the footballers in the county and will be bidding to continue the feel-good factor in Limerick GAA circles.

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