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Poacher & Varley #15: Ulster battle | GAA GO | Does Mickey Harte have a plan to beat the Dubs?

GAA coach Steven Poacher and former Mayo star Enda Varley get stuck into the week’s big Gaelic football talking points

GAA coach Steven Poacher and former Mayo star Enda Varley get stuck into the week’s big Gaelic football talking points.

Galway and Kerry have retained the Connacht and Munster titles respectively and the focus now switches to Leinster and Ulster where Derry and Dublin will attempt to hold on to their provincial crowns this Sunday.

It’s Dublin v Louth in the Leinster final in Croke Park (1.45PM), followed by Armagh v Derry in the Ulster final in Clones (4.00PM).

This weekend also features the first series of games in the Tailteann Cup.

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DUBLIN v LOUTH
They meet in the Leinster final for the first time since 1958 when Dublin won by 1-11 to 1-6.

Louth were reigning All-Ireland champions at the time, having beat Cork in the previous year’s final.

Dublin are bidding for their 62nd Leinster title and their 13th in a row. Louth are seeking their ninth title and their first since 1957.

*This will be the 57th Dublin-Louth championship game, having met for the first time in 1889

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*Louth are seeking their first championship win over Dublin since 1973 when they won a Leinster second round replay by 1-8 to 0-9 in Pairc Tailteann. Twelve of the 17 Dublin players who featured that day were on the team that won the All-Ireland title a year later.

*Dublin beat Louth by 0-16 to 1-6 in this year’s Division 2 clash in Croke Park in March. Dublin led 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time.

*Louth were last in the Leinster final in 2010 when they lost to Meath. Dublin’s last defeat in the Leinster final was in 2001 when they lost to Meath. They have been in 18 finals since then (missing out in 2003-04-10) winning all 18.

*Dublin have conceded no goals in any of their last seven championship games with Louth.

*The winners will be in the same group as Sligo, Roscommon and Kildare in the All-Ireland series. The losers will be in the same group as Kerry, Mayo and Cork.

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ARMAGH v DERRY
They last met in the championship in 2020 when Armagh won an Ulster quarter-final by two points. Their last meeting in the Ulster Final was in 2000 when Armagh won by a point.

*Derry are bidding to win successive Ulster titles for the first time since 1975-76. Armagh last won the title in 2008, which was also the last time they reached the final.

*Armagh have won the Ulster title 14 times; Derry have eight titles.

*Derry are seeking their sixth successive win in the Ulster championship, having beaten Tyrone, Monaghan and Donegal last year and Fermanagh and Monaghan this year.

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*Derry averaged 2-19 in their wins over Fermanagh and Monaghan. Armagh averaged 2-14 in their wins over Antrim, Cavan and Down.

*The winners will be in the same group as Clare, Monaghan and Donegal in the All-Ireland series. The losers will be in the same group as Galway, Tyrone and Westmeath.

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