Quarter final day

Division 1 :
Armagh v Dublin

Dublin, travel North to Clan Eireann Park Lurgan on Sunday next to take on Armagh in the quarter finals of the Bord Gais Energy NFL, and referee Liam McDonagh will throw the ball in at 2pm. The game will be carried live on Five FM.
Dublin go into this game unbeaten, with five wins out of five games played, and are the bookies favourites to reach the semi-finals ahead of Armagh on Sunday next.
Armagh have had mixed fortunes so far this season with just two wins out of five games played. However, the Orchard girls have a lot of experience on their side with twoUlster titles, while competing in their first All Ireland Final in 2006, and having won the Junior all Ireland title the previous year.
The Jackies will not be too interested in Armaghs past achievement, as they prepare to keep their own title ambitions on track, and in fairness to the Orchard county, it is hard to see the Dubs being derailed on Sunday next.
Laois v Monaghan
Laois welcome last years senior all Ireland finalists Monaghan to Stradbally on Sunday next. The Monaghan side come into this game on the back of a one point win over the Rebeletts (2-8 to 0-13) in round five of the Bord Gais Energy NFL.
The O’Moore side have won two and drew two games and will have to step it up a gear if they are to over come the Farneys and advance to the semi-final stages.Division 2 :
Meath v Waterford

Meath will renew their acquaintance with Waterford on Sunday next in Pairc Tailteann, Navan, in what should be an exciting quarter final clash.
Newtownmountkennedy County Wicklow was the venue when both sides last met in a senior championship relegation play off in January of this year, and it was the Royal that retained their senior status running out convincing winners on that occasion (0-15 to 1-0).
In this years Bord Gais Energy NFL Meath have lost only one game out of four, while the Deise have played five games, winning three and bagging a total of nine points. Although Waterford have step up a gear since the sides last met, the Royals still have the hunger that they showed back in the depths of winter of this year and with the sun on their backs on Sunday, they should have the edge over Waterford.
Referee Gavin Corrigan of Down will throw in at 2pm.
Down v Wexford
On Sunday next Wexford will once again take the road North to battle it out with Down in Saval. This will be a tough test for the model county as the Mourne ladies will assume the favourites tag going into the game having only conceded one game out of four, while Wexford have just two wins out of five played. Unfortunately the Wexford mentors have not had their strongest players available to them so far this year, however the present squad of players are capable of causing an upset and a win over Down would be a great boost for the Wexford side.
Paul Swift of Monaghan will be the man in the middle on Sunday next.
Tipperary v Longford
Longford are away for their quarter final encounter with Tipperary in Templetouhy on Sunday next. Tipperary are probably the hot favourites on this occasion with five wins out of five, in particular their one point win over Sligo.
While Longford have had a bit of a roller coaster ride in their Bord Gais Energy NFL campaign, they have had two excellent wins over Fermanagh and in particular their three point win over table topper Down on the fifth of March last, so hopefully the fifth of April will also be a good day for the Longford ladies.
PJ Rabbitte of Galway will get the game under way at 2pm.

Division 3:
Wicklow v Louth

Wicklow will welcome Louth to their own back yard, when both counties go head to head on Sunday next in Hollywood GAA grounds. Louth will be looking to reverse the result in last years Leinster Junior championship final when Wicklow claimed the Junior title on a 5-8 to 0-16 score line over the Wee county.
Wicklow will once again go into this game as the under dogs, with just one win out of three games played in division 3B, and if they want to progress they can not afford to take their eye off the ball against Louth, the visitors have had a good start to their NFL campaign in division 3A with three wins out of four games played.
But if Wicklow can produce the same desire and hunger like they did against Kilkenny they are sure to book their place in the semi-finals of the Bord Gais Energy NFL, Pat Keogh of Carlow will start proceedings at 2pm.
Kilkenny v Roscommon
Kilkenny will have to be at their best if they are to topple Roscommon when both counties meet on Sunday next in Jenkinstown. The sides have never met before in competitive action so this will be new territory for the cats.
Roscommon are an experienced side who have drifted in and out of the senior ranks in recent years. The westerners had big wins over Carlow, Offaly and Limerick, and with no disrespect to those three teams, Roscommon’s only real test was against Louth in their final qualifying game, and Kilkenny will be determined to give them a further test on Sunday next.
The visitors will not have it all their own way and they will have their work cut out to marshall Kilkenny’s Catriona Corr and Angela Kennealy while Marie Dargan, Miriam O Keeffe and Helen Murphy can be relied upon to grab the all important scores to hopefully secure victory for the cats when referee Michael John O Keeffe of Cork calls for the ball at full time.
Carlow v Derry
Carlow will play host to Derry in Tinryland, on Sunday next to decide who will go forward to the semi-finals of division three in the Bord Gais Energy NFL.
Derry are probable favourites with two close wins over Wicklow and Antrim out of three games played, Carlow on the other hand have registered just one win over Offaly so far this season. But with a full squad they have the potential and battling qualities to give the oak leaf ladies a run for their money this weekend. Referee Richard O Connor of Tipperary will preside over this game.

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