Longford v Westmeath is the match of the weekend

Longford v Westmeath is the match of the weekend This weekend the 2007 All-Ireland Hurling and Football Championships begin and every week we will be looking ahead to the games in the various provinces. This weekend there is football championship action in Connacht, Ulster and Leinster and hurling action in Ulster. Connacht SFC: Sligo v New York in Gaelic Park (Sunday, 3 pm NY time): The winners here play Roscommon in Hyde Park on June the 17th and that team should be Sligo. They did not exactly set the world alight in the league but they still notched up a few notable wins including a very impressive victory in Aughrim a few weeks ago. They have about 500 supporters travelling and the mention of this fixture will bring back very fond memories for over 2000 Roscommon fans who made this very trip a year ago. New York will put up stern resistance but Tommy Brehony will lead his team to victory and a date with Roscommon. Prediction: Sligo Leinster SFC:Longford v Westmeath in Pearse Park (Sunday, 2 pm): This game has been eagerly-awaited in both counties since the draw was made and Pearse Park will be packed for this local derby. Luke Dempsey has been preparing his Longford team for this match for the past three months and they will be very, very hard to beat at home. However, Westmeath did well in the league and Dessie Dolan is back to his very best which is bad news for Longford. Longford have a very potent attack but are suspect at the back. Prediction: A very tight call here. Westmeath to shade it by a point or two. Ulster SFC Cavan v Down in Breffni Park (Sunday, 4 pm): Another interesting match in prospect. One of the  big wonders in gaelic football circles in recent years is the failure of Down to progress after winning the minor All-Ireland a few years ago. Cavan were well beaten by Roscommon in the league Division 2 semi-final in Croke Park but they welcome back three players for this game including their two regular midfielders. I expect that Down will give it all they have got but that it will not be good enough. Prediction:Cavan.   Ulster SHC: Antrim v London in Casement Park (Sunday): Antrim look a good bit ahead of the rest in Ulster and they should be far too good for London. Prediction: Antrim.   Ulster SHC: Armagh v Derry in Casement Park (Sunday): Armagh should be congratulated for taking part in the Ulster SHC – however they will not find Derry in a very accommodating mood. Prediction: Derry.