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Classy Corofin forward Ian Burke.
Classy Corofin forward Ian Burke.

Preview: Weekend's AIB Senior Club action


Saturday November 23

AIB Leinster Club SFC Semi-Final

Portlaoise (Laois) v Eire Og (Carlow), O'Moore Park, 7.30pm

Portlaoise have accumulated seven AIB Leinster Club titles and Eire Og five so this encounter between two traditional forces in the province should be intriguing.

At the Quarter-Final stage Eire Og demonstrated their ability when defeating Kildare outfit Sarsfields.

After the restart Eire Og seized control following a tight opening period.

Jordan Morrissey and Chris Blake were prominent for the Carlow champions, who now face a demanding test against Portlaoise.

Niall Rigney's charges defeated St Patrick's from Wicklow in a dramatic penalty shootout with Kieran Lillis maintaining his excellent form.

Pearses won their first Roscommon SFC title last month.
Pearses won their first Roscommon SFC title last month.

Sunday November 24

AIB Connacht Club SFC Final

Corofin (Galway) v Padraig Pearses (Roscommon), Tuam Stadium, 2pm

Corofin, who have won nine AIB Connacht Club Championships, face first time finalists Padraig Pearses.

The standard bearers outfoxed Ballintubber at the penultimate stage and will treat the Daly inspired Pearses with the utmost respect.

It has been a remarkable campaign for Pearses, who have beaten Tourlestrane and Tir Chonaill Gaels in impressive fashion.

Pat Flanagan will have Pearses prepared for this battle, but Corofin's panel is stuffed with accomplished footballers, who continue to flourish on this stage.

Colm Basquel is in good form for Ballyboden St Enda's.
Colm Basquel is in good form for Ballyboden St Enda's.

AIB Leinster Club SFC Semi-Final

Garrycastle (Westmeath) v Ballyboden St Enda's (Dublin), TEG Cusack Park, 1.30pm

Garrycastle staged a dramatic recovery mission in the Westmeath decider and have thundered into the Leinster reckoning.

Wins over Killoe and Rataoth illustrate the talent in Garrycastle's ranks, but this will be another demanding test against Ballyboden St Enda's.

With the Basquels prominent Ballyboden did what was required when defeating Newtown Blues and will journey to the midlands armed with hope and confidence.

Alex Gardiner is in good form for Garrycastle, who still featyre former Westmeath star Dessie Dolan in attack.

Borris-Ileigh's Brendan Maher and Ballygunner's Shane O'Sullivan pictured ahead of the AIB Munster Club Hurling Final.
Borris-Ileigh's Brendan Maher and Ballygunner's Shane O'Sullivan pictured ahead of the AIB Munster Club Hurling Final.

AIB Munster Club SHC Final

Borris-Ileigh (Tipperary) v Ballygunner (Waterford), Pairc Ui Rinn, 2pm

After several near misses Ballygunner finally returned to the Munster Club summit in 2018.

That was a particularly satisfying success for Ballygunner, who know all about the threat a pumped up Borris-Ileigh outfit carries.

Borris-Ileigh won a provincial title in 1986, but didn't triumph domestically in Tipperary again until last month.

Paddy Stapleton and Brendan Maher provide a wealth of experience, Dan McCormack is a key figure, while the development of James Devaney is important alongside Conor Kenny in attack.

Ballygunner, with the Mahony's influential, have been aided significantly by the availability of Dessie Hutchinson, who has been immense throughout the Waterford and Munster campaigns thus far.

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