Colm O'Rourke looks ahead to the weekend's action, with provincial semi-final games in Munster, Ulster and Leinster.

At the end of it we'll know the full list of teams in both the All-Ireland qualifiers and Tailteann Cup.


Munster SFC semi-final
Tipperary v Limerick, FBD Semple Stadium, 7pm

This should be a very even game. Both teams got promotion in the league, Tipperary from Division 4 and Limerick from Division 3. And of course Limerick are the history makers, when winning the penalty shootout against Clare in the last round after the game was still level after extra time. There is now the clear prize of getting to a Munster final and the guarantee, for Tipperary that is, of being in the All-Ireland championship.

I go for the team in the higher division; I think Limerick are on a bit of a roll and will get a huge boost from that win over Clare.


Leinster SFC semi-finals
Kildare v Westmeath, Croke Park, 2.15pm
Dublin v Meath, 4.30pm

Both games look clearcut on paper. Kildare, I thought, were a bit unfortunate to get relegated from Division 1 after beating Dublin and Monaghan and drawing with Kerry. Their form against Louth was very good, running up 2-22. Westmeath beat Longford after losing to them in the league.

Kildare are a big, mobile, high-scoring team. I'll take them to progress.

The game that I'm most interested in over the weekend is Dublin and Meath. Unfortunately it's been all one way over the last few years. It's a late match at 4.30pm, so it's obvious that none of the Dubs are rushing home to milk cows. Meath would have to improve an awful lot and so it would appear that Dublin are set fair for another Leinster final as I thought they were very impressive against Wexford.

They look as though they have their old steel back again.

Ulster SFC semi-final
Monaghan v Derry, Athletic Grounds, 4pm

This should be the match of the day. Derry are fresh from beating Tyrone, not just beating them, but annihilating them, scoring 1-18 against them. It's not too often teams do that to Tyrone.

Monaghan, a team who used to put up great defensive performances and never ran up huge scores, then scored 23 points against Down the last day. Jack McCarron has become the scorer-in-chief, taking over from Conor McManus.

I think this should be a great game and I'm going to go for Monaghan.

Colm O'Rourke was speaking on RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland.

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