Colm O'Rourke looks ahead to the weekend's Tailteann Cup action, with two preliminary round matches down for decision.

I hope the competition is a big success. All these players deserve recognition and the idea that they will play the semi-finals and final in Croke Park on live television is a huge boost to it.


Wicklow v Waterford, Aughrim, 3pm

These are two teams out of the bottom tiers. Wicklow were relegated from Division 3 to Division 4 and Waterford only got one point from seven games in the league. Again, it does appear as if Wicklow will have the big advantage here.


Wexford v Offaly, Bellefield, 2pm

They played each other already in the championship only a month ago when Wexford won by three points and Ben Brosnan was the star, scoring 1-05. I think it'll be the reverse of that this time because Offaly were badly hit by injuries at the time. They are a team who could progress.

Wexford got a real mauling from Dublin. Shane Roche will have a job to resurrect them after that. I'll go for Offaly in this one.

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

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