Preview: AIB All Ireland Club Junior and Intermediate Football Semi-Finals
Saturday January 11
AIB All Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Finals
Mattock Rangers (Louth) v Magheracloone (Monaghan), Crossmaglen, 1.30pm
Oughterard (Galway) v Templenoe (Kerry), Kilmallock, 2pm
AIB All Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Finals
Blackhill (Monaghan) v Rathgarogue-Cushinstown (Wexford), St Conleth's Park, 1.30pm
Kilmaine (Mayo) v Na Gaeil (Kerry), Cusack Park, 1.30pm
Less than 20 miles divides Mattock Rangers Grounds and Magheracloone, but the AIB Leinster and Ulster Intermediate champions collide in Crossmaglen on Saturday afternoon.
The prize for the winner is a place in the Croke Park decider so Mattock will be hoping that the splendid Reid brothers can maintain their strong form.
Magheracloone have endured difficulties with their playing field, but the diligence shown in Monaghan and Ulster bodes well.
Padraig McMahon and veteran Tommy Freeman excelled in the provincial final win over Galbally.
In Kilmallock emerging Galway forward Matthew Tierney will be the chief threat for Oughterard against a star studded Templenoe.
Tadhg Morley, Gavin Crowley, Adrian and Killian Spillane feature for the accomplished Kerry outfit.
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown enjoyed a most productive 2019, capturing the Leinster Junior title.
Matthew Cody has been an inspirational leader for the Wexford club, who face a demanding assignment against Monaghan's Blackhill.
The Ulster standard bearers with Hugh Byrne and Tommy Geehan prominent will be intent on earning another win.
Na Gaeil, featuring Jack Barry and Diarmuid O'Connor, were the dominant force in Munster.
The talented Kerry club will now want to advance to an All Ireland decider, but Mayo's Kilmaine have similar intentions.
Pat Kelly and Brian Maloney played for Mayo in the 2004 All Ireland final, while Oisin Mullin is viewed as a real prospect in the west.