Kilkenny, Monaghan, Meath and Dublin all fancied for GAA triumphs

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Kilkenny to beat Dublin (Leinster Hurling Championship Semi Final Replay)

Brian Cody was clearly relieved as TJ Reid’s late point snatched Kilkenny an equalizer in a game most pundits thought they would win comfortably.

Dublin were outstanding in the second half and must have thought they’d done enough to earn a famous victory until they were denied by the Ballyhale man at the death.

Although the Cat’s still have plenty of injury problems they should still be strong enough to advance to a final meeting with Galway.

Monaghan to beat Cavan (Ulster Senior Football Semi Final)

Antrim’s tactics stifled Monaghan for large parts of their opening match but despite having a player dismissed, they still won by 5 points in the end.

Cavan have picked up the scalps of Armagh and Fermanagh so far and are full of confidence as they look to qualify for their first Ulster Final since 2001.

Expect a tight scrap between these two near neighbours but Monaghan’s extra experience should be enough to make the difference.

Meath to beat Wexford (Leinster Senior Football Semi Final)

Meath negotiated a tricky opening tie in Aughrim thanks to Kevin Reilly’s freak long range goal and sparkling performances by Graham Reilly and Eamonn Wallace.

Wexford similarly impressed as they beat a fancied Louth side in Drogheda and are glad to have Ciaran Lyng restored to their starting XV after his recent injuries.

It’s likely to be a high scoring affair in Croke Park but the return of Donal Keoghan makes Meath look a bit more solid at the back and they should squeeze into the final.

Dublin to beat Kildare (Leinster Senior Football Semi Final)

Dublin strength and attacking power simply overwhelmed Westmeath in the first round as they coasted to a sixteen point victory over a team that will be in Division 1 next year.

Kildare got the win but didn’t overly convince against Offaly and conceding 1-12 against a Division 4 side cannot of pleased manager Kieran McGeeney.

These teams have had some great battles in Leinster in recent years but the gap between them appears to have grown this year and Dublin are strongly favoured to progress.

All odds and markets correct as of date of publishing

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