The busiest weekend of the GAA football championships so far is coming up, with no fewer than twelve games on a hectic programme which features provincial semi-finals and eight first round All-Ireland qualifiers
The full programme is as follows:
Ulster SF semi-final: Donegal v Tyrone, Kingspan Breffni Park, 5.0
All-Ireland SF qualifiers (Round 1): Offaly v London, O'Connor Park Tullamore, 1.30; Leitrim
v Wicklow, Carrick-on-Shannon, 3.0; Wexford v Derry, Innovate Wexford Park, 4.45;
Louth v Antrim, Drogheda, 7.0.
Leinster SF semi-finals: Laois v Meath, Croke Park, 2.0; Dublin v Kildare, Croke Park, 4 .0
Ulster SF semi-final replay: Cavan v Armagh, Clones, 4.0
All-Ireland SF qualifiers (Round 1): Down v Tipperary, Newry, 2.0; Monaghan v Fermanagh,
Clones, 1,45; Carlow v Longford, Netwatch Cullen Park,3.0; Westmeath v Waterford,
TEG Cusack Park, 3.0.
DONEGAL V TYRONE
They meet for the eighth time in nine seasons in the championship, with Donegal having
won four to Tyrone's three of the previous seven. Tyrone won the last three clashes in
2018,2017 and 2016.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2018: Tyrone 2-17 Donegal 1-13 (2018 'Super 8s')
2017: Tyrone 1-21 Donegal 1-12 (Ulster semi-final)
2016: Tyrone 0-13 Donegal 0-11 (Ulster final)
2015: Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-10 (Ulster pt round)
2013: Donegal 2-10 Tyrone 0-10 (Ulster quarter-final)
*Tyrone beat Derry and Antrim to reach the semi-final while Donegal beat Fermanagh.
*This will be the 24th championship meeting between the counties, with Tyrone leading
13-9 with one draw from their previous 23 clashes.
*Donegal are bidding to reach the Ulster final for the eighth time in nine seasons. They
only year they missed out was 2017.
*Tyrone last reached the final in 2017, when they beat Down.
* The winners will play Armagh or Cavan in the final on June 23.
ARMAGH V CAVAN
Following last Sunday's thrilling draw after extra-time, it's back to Clones on Sunday
for a second instalment.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2019: Armagh 1-14 Cavan 0-17 aet (Ulster semi-final)
2016: Cavan 2-16 Armagh 0-14 (Ulster quarter-final)
2014: Armagh 1-12 Cavan 0-9 (Ulster quarter-final)
2013: Cavan 1-15 Armagh 1-11 (Ulster preliminary round)
2008: Armagh 0-17 Cavan 0-13 (Ulster quarter-final)
*This will be the first Armagh-Cavan replay in the Ulster championship since 1959
when the Breffni men won a semi-final at the second attempt by 1-9 to 1-7.
*Cavan's last replay in the Ulster championship was in 2016 when they lost to Tyrone
by 5-18 to 2-17 in a semi-final. Armagh's last replay was in 2014 when they lost a semifinal
to Monaghan by 1-18 to 0-13.
*The winners will play Donegal or Tyrone in the Ulster final on June 23.
DUBLIN V KILDARE
Dublin are attempting to reach the Leinster final for the ninth successive year while
Kildare were last there in 2017 when they lost to Jim Gavin's men.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2017: Dublin 2-23 Kildare 1-17 (Leinster final)
2015: Dublin 5-18 Kildare 0-14 (Leinster semi-final)
2013: Dublin 4-16 Kildare 1-9 (Leinster semi-final)
2011: Dublin 1-12 Kildare 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)
2009: Dublin 2-15 Kildare 0-18 (Leinster final)
*Dublin have reached (and won) the Leinster final in 13 of the last 14 seasons, missing
out only in 2010 when they lost to Meath in the semi-final.
*This will be Kildare's fourth game in this year's championship, having beaten Wicklow
and Longford, with whom they also drew. Dublin beat Louth in their only outing so far.
*Dublin's average winning margin against Wicklow, Longford and Laois in three Leinster
championship games last year was 20 points.
*Kildare's last win over Dublin in the championship was in the 2000 Leinster final replay.
Dublin have won all eight games since then.
*Dublin out-scored Kildare by an aggregate score of 11-57 to 2-40 in their last three
championship meetings in 2017- 2015 and 2013.
LAOIS V MEATH
This will be their first meeting in the championship since the 2012 All-Ireland qualifiers
when Laois won by 1-15 to 1-12 in Round 4 in Tullamore. Their last clash in the Leinster
championship was in 2010 when Meath won a quarter-final replay by 2-14 to 0-10 in
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2012: Laois 1-15 Meath 1-12 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2010: Meath 2-14 Laois 0-10 (Leinster quarter-final replay)
2010: Meath 2-13 Laois 1-16 (Leinster quarter final - after extra-time)
2006: Laois 2-13 Meath 0-13 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2004: Laois 1-13 Meath 0-9 (Leinster semi-final)
*Meath beat Offaly in the first round and Carlow in the quarter-final while Laois beat
*Laois are bidding to reach the Leinster final in two successive seasons for the first time
*Meath are bidding to reach the Leinster final for the first time since 2014.
*The winners will play Dublin or Kildare in the final on June 23.
ALL-IRELAND QUALIFERS (ROUND 1)
OFFALY V LONDON
This will be their third meeting in the qualifiers, with Offaly having won by 4-15 to 0-10
in 2003 and by 0-17 to 1-7 in 2016, both in Tullamore. Offaly, who lost in the Leinster
first round to Meath, beat Antrim in the opening round of last year's qualifiers before
losing to Clare in Round 2. London, eliminated from this year's Connacht championship
by Galway, lost to Louth in Round 1 of last year's qualifiers. London last won a
qualifier game in 2011, beating Fermanagh by six points in Ruislip.
LEITRIM V WICKLOW
They last met in the qualifiers in 2012 when Leitrim won a Round 2 game by 0-13 to 010
in Carrick-on-Shannon. They met in this year's Allianz League when Leitrim won a
Division 4 clash by four points in Aughrim. Leitrim lost to Roscommon in this year's
Connacht championship while Wicklow were knocked out by Kildare in the Leinster
DERRY V WEXFORD
They have met in the qualifiers three times previously, with Derry winning all three.
They won by 3-10 to 0-9 in Wexford Park in 2003, by 2-16 to 2-5 in Parnell Park in
2004 and by 1-16 to 0-10 in Owenbeg in 2015. Their most recent meeting was in Division
4 this year when Derry won a high-scoring contest by two points (3-21 to 4-16) in
Bellaghy. Derry lost their opening Ulster game to Tyrone this year while Wexford were
beaten by Louth in Leinster.
LOUTH V ANTRIM
They last met in the qualifiers in 2013, when Louth won by 1-17 to 1-11 in Drogheda.
Louth beat Wexford and lost to Dublin in this year's Leinster championship while Antrim
lost to Tyrone in Ulster.
CARLOW v LONGFORD
They last met in the championship in the 2015 All-Ireland qualifiers when Longford
won by 2-15 to 1-8 in Round 1 in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Carlow, who lost to
Meath in the Leinster quarter-final last month, lost to Tyrone in their only qualifier
game last year. Longford, who lost a Leinster quarter-final replay to Kildare last Sunday,
also lost to the Lilywhites in last year's qualifiers.
DOWN V TIPPERARY
They last met in the qualifiers in 2012 when Down won a Round 4 game by 1-13 to 0-11
Their most recent competitive meeting was in last year's Allianz League when Down
won a Division 2 game by three points in Newry. Down lost to Armagh by a point in
this year's Ulster championship, while Tipperary went down to Limerick by seven
points in Munster.
FERMANAGH V MONAGHAN
They meet in the championship for a third successive year. Fermanagh won last
year's Ulster semi-final by 1-8 to 0-10 in Omagh while Monaghan won a preliminary
round game by 1-20 to 1-11 in Clones in 2017. Monaghan lost their opening Ulster game
to Cavan this year while Fermanagh went down to Donegal.
WESTMEATH V LONGFORD
They meet in the championship for the first time. Their most recent competitive meeting
was in the 2017 Allianz League when Westmeath won a Division 4 game by 3-13 to
2-11. Westmeath lost to Laois in this year's Leinster championship while Waterford
lost to Clare in Munster.
Waterford enjoyed a rare win in the qualifiers last year, beating Wexford in the first
round before losing to Monaghan in Round 2. Westmeath haven't won a qualifier
game since beating Louth in 2012.
GAA FOOTBALL ALL-IRELAND & PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
May 5: Quarter-finals: Galway 0-16 London 1-9, McGovern Park, Ruislip; Mayo 1-22 New
York 0-4, Gaelic Park.
May 12: Quarter-final: Roscommon 3-17 Leitrim 0-12, Dr. Hyde Park.
May 19: Semi-final: Galway 3-11 Sligo 0-7, Markievicz Park.
May 26: Semi-final: Roscommon 2-12 Mayo 0-17, Castlebar
June 16: Final: Galway v Roscommon, Pearse Stadium
May 11: First round: Kildare 0-15 Wicklow 1-10, Netwatch Cullen Park.
May 12: First round: Louth 0-22 Wexford 1-14, Innovate Wexford Park; Meath 1-13 OffaIy
0-14, Pairc Tailteann.
May 25: Quarter-finals: Dublin 5-21 Louth 0-10, Portlaoise; Meath 2-18 Carlow 0-9, Bord
na Mona Park, Portlaoise.
May 26: Quarter-finals: Longford 3-15 Kildare 1-21 (aet), Tullamore; Laois 0-12 Westmeath
June 2: Quarter-final replay: Kildare 1-18 Longford 0-10, Tullamore
June 9: Semi-finals: Dublin v Kildare; Meath v Laois. Both in Croke Park.
June 23: Final: Croke Park
May 11: Quarter-finals: Limerick 3-11 Tipperary 1-10, Semple Stadium; Clare 0-9 Waterford
June 1: Semi-finals: Cork 3-18 Limerick 0-6 Pairc Ui Rinn; Kerry 1-15 Clare 0-12, Ennis.
June 22: Final: Cork v Kerry, Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
May 12: First round: Tyrone 1-19 Derry 1-13, Omagh.
May 18: Quarter-final: Cavan 1-13 Monaghan 0-12, Kingspan Breffni Park.
May 19: Quarter-final: Armagh 2-17 Down 3-13 (aet), Newry.
May 25: Quarter-final: Tyrone 2-23 Antrim 2-9, Athletic Grounds.
May 26: Quarter-final: Donegal 0-15 Fermanagh 0-9, Brewster Park.
June 2: Semi-final: Cavan 0-17Armagh 1-14 (aet), Clones
June 8: Semi-final: Tyrone v Donegal, Clones
June 9: Semi-final replay: Cavan v Armagh
June 23: Final: Clones.
June 8: Qualifiers - Round 1: Louth v Antrim; Tipperary v Down; Leitrim v Wicklow;
Wexford v Derry; Offaly v London; Monaghan v Fermanagh; Carlow v Kildare/
Longford; Westmeath v Waterford.
June 22: Qualifiers - Round 2 (Round 1 winners v beaten provincial semi- finalists).
Beaten provincial semi-finalists: Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Limerick, Dublin or Kildare, Meath
or Laois, Cavan or Armagh, Donegal or Tyrone.
June 29: Qualifiers- Round 3 (Round 2 winners playoff in four games)
July 6: Qualifiers - Round 4 (Round 3 winners v beaten provincial finalists)
July 13/14: All-Ireland quarter-finals - Phase 1
July 20/21: All-Ireland quarter-finals - Phase 2
August 3/4/5: All-Ireland quarter-finals - Phase 3
August 10/11: All-Ireland semi-finals, Croke Park.
September 1: Final, Croke Park.
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