Fógra: everything you need to know ahead of the weekend’s GAA action

Find out the most up-to-date news on the upcoming fixtures, including the two cup finals.

Lar Corbett will be in action this weekend.
Lar Corbett will be in action this weekend.

What’s on and where?

Tomorrow (all games start at 7pm unless stated)

All-Ireland SFC Round 2: Limerick vs Offaly, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick (2pm)

All-Ireland SFC Round 2: Down vs Leitrim, Páirc Esler, Newry (3pm)

All-Ireland SFC Round 2: Antrim vs Carlow, Casement Park (3pm)

All-Ireland SHC Phase III: Cork vs Galway, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick (4pm)

All-Ireland SFC Round 2: London vs Waterford, Ruislip (6.30pm)

Football All-Ireland Senior Championship 2011 Round 2: Laois vs Kildare, Portlaoise

All-Ireland SFC Round 2: Longford vs Tyrone, Pearse Park, Longford

All-Ireland SFC Round 2: Armagh vs Wicklow, Morgan Athletic Grounds

All-Ireland SFC Round 2: Meath vs Galway, Páirc Tailteann

All-Ireland SHC  Phase III: Antrim vs Limerick, Parnell Park


Leinster SFC final: Dublin vs Wexford, Páirc an Chrócaigh (2pm)

Munster SHC final: Tipperary vs Waterford, Páirc Uí Chaoimh (4pm)

What’s on the telly?

RTÉ will be showing coverage from 1.15pm, with Dublin against Wexford starting at 2pm and Tipperary against Waterford at 4pm. Highlights of the weekend’s matches will be shown at 9.30pm on The Sunday Game.

Any important team news?

Limerick vs Offaly: Ken Casey has moved to centre forward for Offaly, who are still missing John Coughlan at full forward through injury. The Limerick side has yet to be announced.

Down vs Leitrim: Conor Garvey will start for Down in place of Caolan Mooney. Five players come in for Leitrim – John McKeon and Daniel Beck start in defence, Colm Clarke and Brian McDonald come into the attack and Darren Sweeney comes in for Tomas Beirne at centre-field.

Longford vs Tyrone: Longford are unchanged from the side that beat Cavan. Tyrone only make one change to their side, as Martin Penrose replaces Owen Mulligan.

Antrim vs Carlow: For Carlow, Willie Minchin comes in for Sean Gannon at full forward in the only change from the side that faced Wexford. The Antrim team has not been announced.

Cork vs Galway: All-Star Ronan Curran returns for Cork, in the only change made since their last game. Galway, meanwhile, are unchanged from the team that beat Clare.  

London vs Waterford: London retain the same side that recorded a historic win over Fermanagh, while Cillian O’Keeffe and Paul Whyte come in for Waterford.

Laois vs Kildare: Peter O’Leary’s injury means that Mark Timmons starts for Laois in defence tomorrow, while Padraig Clancy and Brendan Quigley continue in midfield. Kildare, meanwhile, make four changes, with Andrew McLoughlin, Robert Kelly, Tomas O’Connor and Fionn Dowling all starting.

Meath vs Galway: Meath have yet to announce their team. Michael Meehan makes his first start for Galway, while Diarmuid Blake comes in at centre-back and Thomas Flynn makes his debut in the half-forward line.

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Antrim vs Limerick: Antrim have not announced their team, while Mark O’Riordan and Richie McCarthy are the only changes made by Limerick, as they replace Paul Browne and Graeme Mulcahy.

Armagh vs Wicklow: Armagh make four changes to the team that lost to Derry: Paul Duffy, Finnian Moriarity, James Lavery and Brian Mallon all come into the side. Wicklow have not announced their team.

Dublin vs Wexford: Dublin make only one change to the side that beat Kildare, an injury for Michael Dara Macauley gives Eamon Fennell the chance to impress. Their opponents opt for the same team that beat Carlow in the semi-final.

Tipperary vs Waterford: For Tipperary, Paddy Stapleton replaces David Young in the only change to the side. Waterford make three alterations from their last game as Jerome Maher, Eoin McGrath and Richie Foley all start, replacing Wayne Hutchinson, Maurice Shanahan and David O’Sullivan.

Pick of the weekend

The two finals are the obvious standouts. Tipperary and Dublin are clear favourites in their respective encounters. However, finals are rarely straightforward and both teams will likely have to fight to earn success.

Waterford will have the added incentive of getting the opportunity to win the Munster title twice on the trot for the first time in their history, while Wexford have plenty to prove following their disappointing recent showing against Carlow.

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