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Mattie Taylor continues to impress for Cork, who face Limerick in the McGrath Cup Final.
Mattie Taylor continues to impress for Cork, who face Limerick in the McGrath Cup Final.

Preview: Weekend's inter-county Gaelic Football action

Saturday January 11

McGrath Cup Final

Limerick v Cork, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 5.30pm

O'Byrne Cup Semi-Finals

Longford v Dublin, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 2pm

Offaly v Westmeath, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 2pm

Sunday January 12

Connacht FBD League Semi-Finals

Mayo v Galway, Elverys MacHale Park, 2pm

Leitrim v Roscommon, Avantcard Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, 2pm

Dr McKenna Cup Semi-Final

Tyrone v Down, Athletic Grounds, 2pm

Buoyed up by a couple of McGrath Cup wins Limerick will be hoping to summon another defiant display when Cork visit the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening.

Eager to make a mark in the upcoming Allianz Football League, Limerick will be eager to test themselves against a Cork outfit that has enjoyed a couple of decent wins themselves.

Returning to Division Two is Cork's spring brief, but Ronan McCarthy wants to improve the depth of his panel.

Last year's underage triumphs and appearance in the All Ireland Quarter Finals Group Phase is a solid platform to build on.

Dessie Farrell's first game in charge of Dublin takes place at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Similar to recent years, Dublin will use the O'Byrne Cup to experiment, but players have subsequently been integrated to the fold for the League.

A derby is scheduled for Tullamore with Offaly and Westmeath set for another close clash.

Westmeath enjoyed an O'Byrne Cup triumph last year which helped them significantly ahead of the Allianz Football League.

New Galway manager Padraic Joyce.
New Galway manager Padraic Joyce.

Padraic Joyce brings Galway to Elverys MacHale Park for a Connacht FBD League Semi-Final against Mayo.

The Sigerson Cup means key players in both panels aren't available, but it still should be a lively encounter between the neighbours.

Leitrim host Roscommon, who proved too strong for Sligo at Markievicz Park.

In Ulster Tyrone and Down enjoyed high scoring wins during the week.

Ronan O'Neill has made a welcome return to the Tyrone set-up netting a couple of goals, while Niall Sludden also rattled the Armagh net.

Barry O'Hagan and Corey Quinn struck goals for Down, who chalked up a fine 2-17 to 0-15 success over Down.

Only six players started Down's two group games against Fermanagh and Antrim so the Mournemen will relish the upcoming test against Tyrone.

Mickey Harte's outfit has won the competition seven times since 2012.

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