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Nemo Rangers forward Paul Kerrigan.
Nemo Rangers forward Paul Kerrigan.

Preview: Weekend’s Gaelic Football action


Sunday October 27

AIB Leinster Club SFC First Round

Ferbane (Offaly) v St Patrick's (Wicklow), Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 1.30pm

Cian Johnson's splendid attacking play guided Ferbane to their first Offaly title in 25 years.

Underage promises has been evident at club and Post Primary level, but Ferbane delivered when it counted following heavy final losses in 2016 and 2018.

Next on the agenda is a tough task against St Patrick's, who successfully defended their Wicklow crown.

Pat's shaded a tight decider against Arklow-Geraldines-Ballymoney and will hope to be similarly resilient in Tullamore.

Garrycastle (Westmeath) v Emmet Og, Killoe (Longford), TEG Cusack Park, 1.30pm

Having both won lively county finals this midlands encounter should be interesting.

Garrycastle came storming back to stun St Loman's and the green and red outfit have performed smartly on the Leinster stage previously.

Emmet Og, Killoe's recent underage triumphs offered an injection of hope and their mixture of emerging and established players will believe that a Leinster run is a possibility too.

Dessie Dolan is in his last senior campaign for Garrycastle.
Dessie Dolan is in his last senior campaign for Garrycastle.

Eire Og (Carlow) v Castletown (Wexford), Netwatch Cullen Park, 3pm

Another match in which Eire Og and Castletown will both feel that progress can be made.

Eire Og completed a three in a row in Carlow and now want to produce on the Leinster stage.

Castletown claimed their first Wexford Championship since 2010 when beating Gusserane O'Rahilly's in a high scoring game.

Clare SFC Final Replay

Kilmurry-Ibrickane v St Joseph's, Milltown-Malbay, 2pm

It was tight and tense throughout the first instalment and an equally hard fought match is anticipated.

Clare hurler Conor Cleary rifled over a late point for St Joseph's, but Kilmurry-Ibrickane goalkeeper Ian McInerney responded with a last gasp free to force a replay.

Now another derby fixture is imminent in Ennis and it could go the distance once more.

Cork SFC Final

Duhallow v Nemo Rangers, Pairc Ui Rinn, 4pm

Duhallow were beaten by St Finbarr's in last year's decider and now they face the most prolific winners of the competition, Nemo Rangers.

Flecked with key Cork players, Nemo have returned to prominence during this campaign and will believe that another title can be added to the collection.

Duhallow, though, have lost three finals since their last triumph back in 1991.

Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Conaill drew in the Donegal SFC Final last Sunday.
Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Conaill drew in the Donegal SFC Final last Sunday.

Donegal SFC Final Replay

Gaoth Dobhair v Naomh Conaill, MacCumhaill Park, 3pm

Last Sunday's drawn match showcased the defensive capabilities of the two teams.

Now, though, the challengE is to find the correct blend.

Gaoth Dobhair's 2018 Donegal and Ulster triumphs proved what they can achieve, but Naomh Conaill frustrated them in the drawn match.

Eoghan McGettigan fired over four frees for the Glenties team, while Ciaran Thompson's 45 ensured another game is required to determine who is crowned champions.

Limerick SFC Final

Newcastlewest v Oola, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 3pm

It has been a remarkable journey for Oola, who haven't won a Limerick title since 1979 and last contested a final in 1980.

In the intervening years Newcastlewest have featured in nine finals, winning three, drawing two, and losing four.

Conor McGill is a key performer for Ratoath.
Conor McGill is a key performer for Ratoath.

Meath SFC Final

Ratoath v Summerhill, Pairc Taillteann, 3pm

Summerhill have been beaten in the last two Meath finals, but face a rapidly improving Ratoath outfit.

With Conor McGill and Bryan McMahon instrumental, Ratoath have stormed into their first ever senior decider.

Kevin Ryan blasted a brace of goals for Summerhill in their victory over Simonstown Gaels at the penultimate stage.

Kildare SFC Final Replay

Moorefield v Sarsfields, St Conleth's Park, 2pm

The all Newbridge clash proved to be a compelling match at St Conleth's Park.

Sarsfields' Barry Coffey thumped over a dramatic leveller to deny Moorefield, who are eager to complete a three in a row.

Mark McDermott and Eanna O'Connor struck goals for Moorefield, but Sarsfields remained defiant with Ray Cahill and Coffey in excellent scoring form.

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