Cork v Monaghan, Mourneabbey GAA, 7:30pm [K Delahunty]

Cork and Monaghan have been two of the best counties in ladies football roster for the past few years but both now find themselves languishing near the bottom of the table.

This is a crunch clash, as the loser will effectively have to give up any hope of reaching the semi-finals.

For Cork there have been signs that they are starting to settle into life under Eamonn Ryan. They pushed Dublin all the way in their last match and were unlucky not to have come away with the points.

Orla Finn has established herself as an excellent free-taker and they will be boosted by the return to action of 10-time All-Ireland winner Bríd Stack.

Monaghan have struggled, claiming only one victory to date which came last time out against Tyrone.

The emergence of Eimear McAnespie has been a bright point as has been the return to form of Therese Scott following a long absence.

The Farney are without some key players this season and are planning for the future, but they will also want to show that they have not gone away.

With some returning players and the do-or-die nature of this collision, the Rebelettes will prove a very difficult nut to crack for their visitors.


Tyrone v Dublin, Drumragh, 2:00pm [B Rice]

Tyrone host Dublin in a match where they will have nothing to lose. They are rooted to the bottom of the table as the lowest scorers in the division with the highest rate of concession.

The Dubs are second and are coming off a morale-boosting victory against the defending champions Cork.

Anything other than a Dublin victory would be a huge upset, but this could well suit Gerry Moane and his charges who can cut loose and play with freedom. The return of Shannon Lynch should also lift Tyrone.

Dublin have won all but one match and that was a narrow loss away to table-toppers Mayo.

Gregory McGonigle has real depth in his squad as players like Amy Ring have made a huge difference. Lyndsey Davey is their taliswoman and has been in sparkling form, with Noelle Healy performing excellently in the middle of the field.

Tyrone will realistically be looking for a good performance rather than a result. Dublin might use some fringe players but that should not weaken them significantly.

Kerry v Mayo, Fitzgerald Stadium, 2:00pm [J Murphy]

Kerry had a big win over Galway last weekend and will hope to repeat that trick when they welcome pacesetters Mayo to the Kingdom.

Kerry have had a mixed campaign to date, defeating Cork and Galway but also being well beaten by Dublin and Armagh.

They have been flawless at home and will hope to continue that form this weekend against an unbeaten Mayo side. Louise Ní Muircheartaigh has been injured for the last few matches and in her absence players like Sarah Houlihan and Laura Rogers have stepped up.

Mayo are the story of the league.They have a 100% and have slayed the 'big three': Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Cora Staunton has been back to her best as she has racked up huge scores throughout the campaign to date. Mayo are almost assured of their place in the semi-finals but a win this weekend will secure their play-off spot and allow for further experimentation.

However facing Kerry on their own patch might be their biggest challenge to date. A real battle lies in store.

Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, 2:00pm [M Farrelly]

Armagh had been flying high until they made the journey West in the last round but they were brought back down to earth by Cora Staunton and her Mayo high-fliers.

Armagh have made a smooth transition to the top flight as they have already secured their Division 1 status and are now pushing for a place in the semi-finals.

The repositioning of Fionnuala McKenna from the forwards to centre half-back has given them an extra creative outlet from the defence, with Caroline O’Hanlon finding the form at midfield that saw her named as the Player’s Player of the Year in 2014.

Aimee Mackin missed the Mayo match through injury and she is essential to Armagh’s hopes of glory.

Galway were tipped to compete at the top of the table but they have only shown that form in fits and starts as they have struggled for consistency.

The loss of Tracey Leonard to a potentially serious injury has been a massive blow to Galway, who must now plan without their captain and chief score taker. Galway have to win this weekend to give themselves a chance of progressing to the semis.

Armagh will want to get back to winning ways this weekend and will be keen to take a big scalp - in the absence of Galway’s captain, they may not get a better opportunity.


Westmeath v Meath, St Loman’s Mullingar, 2:00pm [N McCormack]

It's been a mixed campaign for Westmeath who have won two and lost two to date.

However, they have played all of the teams above them in the table and will be hoping to avoid any further setbacks in their campaign.

Meath started with a win against Sligo but that has been their high point so far as Sligo are the only side below them in the table.

Westmeath are at home and should make the most of that but they will always be wary when facing their great rivals.

Donegal v Clare, Ballyshannon, 2:00pm [G Chapman]

The two undefeated sides in the division come face to face. Clare have been in inspired form, but travelling to Donegal is a daunting assignment.

Donegal are the promotion favourites and they are always extremely strong at home. In Geraldine McLaughlin they possess a forward in the same class as Cora Staunton and they will be very difficult to turn over on their own patch.

Sligo v Kildare, Cloonacool Community Park, 2:00pm [G Carmody]

Sligo have to start playing to their potential or they will be making an immediate return to Division 3.

This is only their second home match of the campaign and they need a performance.

Kildare drew with Laois last time out but they will know that they can’t afford a slip-up in this game; it could ensure their survival.

Laois v Cavan, Killeshin, 2:00pm [D McEnery]

Laois will be disappointed not to have taken the full points against Kildare last week.

This weekend they face a Cavan team who were humbled by Clare and will not relish a second weekend in a row on the road.

Laois need points to secure their status in Division 2 and push into the play-off reckoning, but with Cavan needing a reaction they will need to be at their very best to avoid defeat.


Wexford v Waterford, TBC, 2:00pm [S McNulty]

Wexford host the League leaders and favourites, Waterford this weekend in a match that can see the home side cement their status as promotion contenders.

Waterford have been irresistible to date, sweeping through the division without dropping any points. This should be a good match and will be one that Wexford will relish. Waterford might be vulnerable this weekend so it could be a great time for Wexford to get something out of it.

Leitrim v Offaly, Sean O’Heslins, Ballinamore, 2:00pm [M Kenny]

Leitrim have been tipped as one of the promotion favourites since the start of the season but things have not worked out for them. They've only recorded one win to date and were easily beaten by Waterford in the previous round.

Offaly have a similar record but have played one additional match. If they win this they'll be right in the shake-up for the top four.

Roscommon v Fermanagh, Rockfield Oran, 2:00pm (K. Corcoran)

Roscommon have been making great strides and are more than worthy of their position in joint second. 

Another win for the Rossies will all but secure their play-off place and they will be favourites to get it against a Fermanagh side that are bottom of the table having conceded the most scores in the division.

Fermanagh need to get points on the board soon or they will be looking at what will essentially be a relegation play-off match against Down in the final round.

Down v Tipperary, Abbey Grammar School, 2:00pm [K. McKeever]

Down are bottom of the table on score difference and are badly in need of a win to give them hope of avoiding the drop.

Tipperary are chasing promotion and have been very impressive. It is difficult to see past a Tipp win but with Down having home advantage there is a chance they'll spring a surprise.


Wicklow v Derry, Bray Emmett, 2:00pm [A Gallagher]

Wicklow suffered a surprise reverse at the hands of Longford in the previous round but they will be confident that they'll be able to record a morale-boosting win over a Derry team that got their first points of the campaign last weekend.

Antrim v Louth, Naomh Eanna, Glengormley, 2:00pm [E O’Hare]

This is a must-win match for Antrim who are in danger of being squeezed out of the promotion race.

Louth sit just above their hosts in the table and will be looking for a victory that would see them take a commanding position in their race for a play-off place.

Carlow v Longford, O’Hanrahan’s, 2:00pm [K Phelan]

Carlow are rooted to the bottom of the table and will not be looking forward to the visit of a Longford team that had a great win over Wicklow last weekend and are in contention for a place in the top four.