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Paddy Durcan remains an influential figure for Mayo.
Paddy Durcan remains an influential figure for Mayo.

Preview: Weekend's Championship Gaelic Football action

Connacht Senior Football Championship Final

Sunday November 15

Galway v Mayo, Pearse Stadium, 1.30pm

The enduring western rivalry ensures significant interest will be attached to Sunday's encounter in Salthill.

Intrigue is never far away when Galway and Mayo collide with the green and red Allianz Football League triumph at Tuam Stadium last month peppering the conversations.

Since then Mayo suffered relegation to Division Two following a loss against Tyrone, but Connacht Championship wins over Leitrim and Roscommon, in particular, provided encouraging evidence.

James Horan is integrating new players into the Mayo panel and there is a growing belief that this could be a real adventure.

Galway had generated momentum in the spring, but Padraic Joyce is completely aware that talent exists Corribside too.

It is why Galway will want to make a serious impact on home turf in a game that is worth monitoring.

GALWAY: Bernard Power; Sean Kelly, Sean Ó Maolchiaráin, Johnny Heaney; Liam Silke, Johnny Duane, Cillian McDaid; Céin D’Arcy, Tom Flynn; Paul Kelly, Paul Conroy, Michael Daly; Ian Burke, Shane Walsh, Dessie Conneely.

MAYO: David Clarke; Oisin Mullin, Chris Barrett, Lee Keegan; Paddy Durcan, Stephen Coen, Eoghan McLaughlin; Mattie Ruane, Conor Loftus; Kevin McLoughlin, Mark Moran, Diarmuid O'Connor; Tommy Conroy, Aidan O'Shea, Cillian O'Connor.

Armagh senior football manager Kieran McGeeney.
Armagh senior football manager Kieran McGeeney.

Ulster Senior Football Championship Semi-Finals

Saturday November 14

Donegal v Armagh, Kingspan Breffni, 1.30pm

Another eagerly anticipated fixture up north involving two teams, who believe that silverware can be attained.

Donegal have collected the last two Ulster titles and even without Paddy McBrearty they did enough to outfox Tyrone.

That splendid result owed much to the enterprise of Hugh McFadden, while Michael Langan and Ciaran Thompson also motored well for Declan Bonner's outfit.

Armagh were sufficiently crafty to cope with a Derry comeback and Kieran McGeeney's charges are beginning to believe.

The O'Neills, Rory Grugan, and Jamie Clarke supply plenty of flair, but they want to reach a provincial decider for the first time since 2008.

ARMAGH: Blaine Hughes; Paddy Burns, Ryan Kennedy, James Morgan; Conor O'Neill, Aidan Forker, Mark Shields; Oisin O'Neill, Stephen Sheridan; Rory Grugan, Callum Cumiskey, Stefan Campbell; Jamie Clarke, Rian O'Neill, Niall Grimley.

Gearoid McKiernan has been effective for Cavan in the 2020 Ulster SFC.
Gearoid McKiernan has been effective for Cavan in the 2020 Ulster SFC.

Sunday November 15

Cavan v Down, Athletic Grounds, 1.30pm

Having chalked up victories over Monaghan and Antrim in the past fortnight, Mickey Graham's Cavan will enter this match confident.

Down, though, with Barry O'Hagan prominent, enjoyed a fine success against Fermanagh to reach the last four in Ulster.

Paddy Tally's resourcefulness means Down will be afforded significant respect, but reaching the showpiece is the mission they want to accomplish.

Gearoid McKiernan kicked some key scores when Cavan were under duress last weekend, while Ciaran Brady gets forward at every available opportunity.

Despite suffering two relegations on the spin, Cavan have still impressed in Championship fare, illustrating Graham's sideline acumen.

Tally is certainly making a mark too so this could be a very lively battle.

DOWN: Rory Burns; Peter Fegan, Patrick Murdock, Pierce Laverty; Gerard Collins, Kevin McKernan, Daniel Guinness; Caolan Mooney, Johnny Flynn; Barry O'Hagan, Paul Devlin, Conor Poland; Jerome Johnston, Donal O'Hare, Ceilum Doherty.

Jordan Morris scored 3-4 for Meath against Wicklow.
Jordan Morris scored 3-4 for Meath against Wicklow.

Leinster Senior Football Championship Semi-Finals

Sunday November 15

Meath v Kildare, Croke Park, 1pm

Jordan Morris' development was demonstrated during Meath's facile victory over Wicklow.

Andy McEntee's team might only have drawn one match and lost six in Division One, but they impressed in Aughrim.

That could have turned into a tricky assignment, but the Royals were always in control.

Now, though, a far more exacting match awaits at GAA headquarters against Kildare.

Darragh Kirwan's form since inter-county action resumed is noteworthy, while Jimmy Hyland and Neil Flynn have also shown glimpses of their attacking craft.

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Mark Dempsey, Shea Ryan, Darragh Malone; David Hyland, Con Kavanagh, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Aaron Masterson; Matty Byrne, Ben McCormack, Paddy Brophy; Daniel Flynn, Darragh Kirwan, Jimmy Hyland.

Ciaran Kilkenny was in excellent form for Dublin against Westmeath last weekend.
Ciaran Kilkenny was in excellent form for Dublin against Westmeath last weekend.

Dublin v Laois, Croke Park, 3.30pm

With Ciaran Kilkenny in wizard mode Dublin always dictated the agenda when overcoming Westmeath.

Kilkenny decorated a splendid performance with five points from play, just as a reminder of the Castleknock clubman's considerable class.

Jonny Cooper, Eoin Murchan, and Sean Bugler were others who contributed handsomely during Dessie Farrell's first Championship match in charge.

On a wretched evening Dublin's skill was evident and the cool and calm manner they governed the match bodes well.

Laois, though, have stitched a couple of important victories together themselves.

A late flurry of scores in Enniskillen ensured relegation from Division Two was avoided, while Laois also escaped from Longford with a precious Leinster Championship victory.

Niall Corbet's goalkeeping mattered deeply, while Gary Walsh and Paul Kingston were other influential figures for Mike Quirke's outfit.

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