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Coalisland won the 2018 Tyrone Senior Football Championship.
Coalisland won the 2018 Tyrone Senior Football Championship.

Preview: Weekend's Club Gaelic Football action


Saturday November 3

AIB Ulster Club SFC quarter-final

Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) v Coalisland (Tyrone), Athletic Grounds, 7pm

This promises to be a very interesting encounter at the Athletic Grounds with the most prolific winners of the Ulster Club Championship, Crossmaglen Rangers, expecting a tough test against Coalisland.

Having claimed 11 provincial crowns Crossmaglen are well versed at negotiating these type of matches, but Coalisland enjoyed an encouraging Tyrone triumph.

Paddy McNeice is a talented forward, while the Hampseys are influential figures for Coalisland.

Crossmaglen's panel has a nice blend of experience and youth with Aaron Kernan, the O'Neill's, Kyle Carragher, and Johnny Hanratty motoring well in the Armagh decider.

Sunday November 4

AIB Connacht Club SFC quarter-finals

Clann na Gael (Roscommon) v Tir Chonaill Gaels (London), Dr Hyde Park, 1pm

With several homegrown players involved Tir Chonaill Gaels were delighted to recapture the London Championship last weekend.

Under the stewardship of the passionate Paul Coggins, who started his football with Roscommon's Michael Glaveys, TCG will be hoping to make an impact in the west.

Gavin McEvoy, the Butler brothers, and Liam Gavaghan

are now integral members of the London panel and be eager to examine Clann na nGael's credentials.

The Roscommon outfit were powered by Donie Shine in the County Final, while Ciaran Lennon is a powerful attacking threat too.

Ballintubber defeated Breaffy in the 2018 Mayo Senior Football Final.
Ballintubber defeated Breaffy in the 2018 Mayo Senior Football Final.

Tourlestrane (Sligo) v Ballintubber (Mayo), Enniscrone, 2pm

Tourlestrane completed a three in a row in Sligo recently, but face a tricky assignment against Ballintubber.

The O'Connor brothers were influential as Kevin Johnson's solid team claimed Mayo glory following narrow wins over Castlebar Mitchels and Breaffy.

Those matches supplied a reminder of Ballintubber's spirit and stamina, but Tourlestrane caused Mitchels some problems last year.

AIB Munster Club SFC quarter-finals

Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) v Dr Crokes (Kerry), Ardfinnan, 1.30pm

Dr Crokes are searching for silverware again with last weekend's Kerry success a seventh since 2010.

A talented attack featuring David Shaw and Tony Brosnan means Crokes can now hold the accomplished Colm Cooper in reserve.

Jordan Kiely and Eoin Brosnan were other substitutes used in the County Final victory against Dingle so the list of excellent players is lengthy.

Moyle Rovers, though, were delighted to claim a first Tipperary title since 2009 with Alan Campbell, Liam Boland, Stephen Quirke, and Shane Foley contributing handsomely against Ardfinnan.

Adare (Limerick) v The Nire (Waterford), Gaelic Grounds, 3.30pm

It has been a fine spell for Adare, who have won two Limerick Championships on the spin.

The year before that Adare eked out Intermediate success, but The Nire have contested three provincial finals since 2004.

AIB Ulster club SFC quarter-finals

Burren (Down) v Scotstown (Monaghan), Pairc Esler, 2.30pm

Another eagerly anticipated encounter with Burren and Scotstown intending to embark on a decent Ulster adventure.

Burren finally ended Kilcoo's dominance in Down, but Scotstown bring a star studded outfit to Newry.

Rory Beggan, the Hughes', Shane Carey, and Conor McCarthy are capable performers for the Monaghan standard bearers, who want to gain provincial silverware.

Cargin (Antrim) v Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal), Corrigan Park, 2.30pm

There is no shortage of inter-county talent available to Gaoth Dobhair, who know that Cargin will be primed for this match.

Cargin have won three of the last four Antrim Championships and are a durable outfit.

That is why Gaoth Dobhair with the McGee's, Odhran MacNiallais, Cian Mulligan, Kevin Cassidy, and Michael Carroll involved will be eager to make a solid start.

Galway hurler Daithi Burke in action for Corofin against Mountbellew-Moylough's Colm Mannion at Pearse Stadium last Sunday.
Galway hurler Daithi Burke in action for Corofin against Mountbellew-Moylough's Colm Mannion at Pearse Stadium last Sunday.

Castlerahan (Cavan) v Coleraine (Derry), Kingscourt, 2.30pm

Following three Cavan SFC Final defeats in a row Castlerahan eventually cleared that hurdle last month.

Prompted by Cian Mackey Castlerahan also feature competent footballers in Enda Flanagan, Oisin O'Connell, and Sean Brady, who scored heavily in the narrow win over Crosserlough.

The McGoldricks remain key players for Coleraine, while Gavin McWiliams and Barry Daly also delivered when it mattered against Lavey.

Galway SFC Final replay

Corofin v Mountbellew-Moylough, Pearse Stadium, 1.45pm

The drawn match was tense with Corofin remaining cool under extreme pressure in the closing seconds.

A Barry McHugh free edged Mountbellew-Moylough ahead in stoppage time, but Corofin stayed patient as captain Micheal Lundy fisted a last gasp equaliser.

Mountbellew-Moylough will need to be similarly resilient again, but Michael Donnellan, a Corofin native, has them organised and well drilled.

Corofin were frustrated for vast chunks last weekend and it could be similarly tight in Salthill.

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