By Eamonn Normanly
1 Carlow senior hurling championship final
The most important hurling match of the Carlow GAA hurling season is almost upon us and both Mount Leinster Rangers and Naomh Eoin will fight to become county hurling champions at Netwatch Cullen Park on Sunday.
Mount Leinster Rangers come into the final favourites after topping the league section and beating St Mullins in a good semi-final that finished 1-18 to 1-15.
Mount Leinster Rangers certainly won’t have an easy match as Naomh Eoin will fight tooth and nail to win their first county title in 12 years. Naomh Eoin narrowly lost out to St Mullins in a low scoring final in 2014, but after their good year and finishing second in the league section they might spring a surprise.
The match will certainly be a hard fought contest and after last year’s feisty semi-final, don’t be surprised if there are a larger-than-usual number of cards.
2 Sligo ‘GAA For All’ Wheelchair hurling finals
The M Donnelly GAA wheelchair hurling and camogie interprovincial finals take place at the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo on Saturday from 11am to 4pm. The Sligo GAA Inclusion and Games for All committee were granted the privilege of hosting the event by Croke Park in honour of Sligo being nominated as the ‘European Capital of Volunteering’ for 2017.
Wheelchair hurling and camogie is going from strength-to-strength and ensures that the games can be enjoyed by all. The games are fast paced and exciting and as many people as possible are encouraged to go to what is sure to be a brilliant event.
3 Premier League: Liverpool V Manchester United
One of the biggest clashes in English football is taking place this Saturday at Anfield, Liverpool as Liverpool host Manchester United.
Man United will be full of confidence coming into the match as they’ve had a fantastic start to the season. Apart from a 2-2 draw with Stoke, Man United have won every match. Liverpool have struggled in their league campaign so far only winning two of their last five Premier League games.
Both teams may struggle with injury as Liverpool’s star-man Sadio Mané misses the clash due to a hamstring problem, Man United also miss one of their star men with Paul Pogba yet to return after a hamstring injury.
Both teams have players returning from their national teams, some proud, some disappointed but none of them will be as proud as Mohammed Salah who scored twice against Congo to send Egypt to the World Cup for just their third time and the first time since 1990 when they played Ireland in Italy.
The match should be great but Manchester United are high-priced favourites. My prediction Liverpool 1-3 Man United.