All of Sunday’s GAA county final previews
Malachy Clerkin takes a look at the 15 finals down for decision across four provinces
Seadna Morey will be hoping to guide Sixmilebridge to another Clare title. Photo: Inpho
Clare SHC final
Clooney-Quin v Sixmilebridge (Cusack Park, 3.30)
Huge day for Clooney-Quin, who are in their first county final in 73 years. Sixmilebridge are heavy favourites, stacked with Clare senior stars like Seadna Morey, Shane Golden and even 41-year-old Niall Gilligan still doing a bit. They should have plenty in hand.
Limerick SHC final
Na Piarsaigh v Kilmallock (Gaelic Grounds, 4.0, Live on TG4)
Probably the game of the day in either code, between two teams who have won four of the last six Munster club titles between them. Kilmallock are unbeaten in this championship but all the same, Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes look a fearsome prospect for Na Piarsaigh.
Ulster club SFC first round
Kilcoo (Down) v Slaughtneil (Derry) (Páirc Esler, 2.30)
A lip-smacking fixture, a repeat of last year’s Ulster final. Kilcoo have won the last six Down titles in a row but are still waiting on their first Ulster title, albeit that it has taken the champions to beat them in four of the past five years. Without Ryan Johnston here, it’s hard to make a case for them dethroning the Derry champions.
Cork SFC final
Nemo Rangers v St Finbarrs (Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 4.0)
About as blue-blooded a final as you could ask for. The Barrs have been waiting 32 years for a Cork title – and may have to wait a while longer yet. The Nemo full-forward line scored 5-5 between them in the semi-final and look to have too many guns for St Finbarrs.
Antrim SFC final
Lámh Dhearg v St John’s (Glenavy, 3.15) A west Belfast famine is going to end one way or the other here - neither of these sides has won a county title since the 1990s. Having overcome St Gall’s after an epic replay, St John’s young side look to be maturing at just the right time.
Armagh SFC final
Armagh Harps v Maghery (Athletic Grounds, 5.0) The Harps have a poor recent record in finals – this is their fourth in eight years and they’ve been well beaten in the other three. Maghery are going for back-to-back titles and having dealt with Crossmaglen earlier in the competition, look well set to double up.
Donegal SFC final
Kilcar v Naomh Conaill (MacCumhaill Park, 4.0) Kilcar are heavy favourites, just like they were last year against Glenswilly. But they made a hames of that game, by their own admission. They won’t forgive themselves for a repeat performance here against Glenties.
Louth SFC final
Dundalk Gaels v Newtown Blues (Gaelic Grounds, 3.30) Dundalk Gaels haven’t won a Louth title since 1952 but they’ve been coming for a couple of years and beat the Blues in last year’s quarter-final. They could easily cause an upset.
Galway SFC final
Corofin v Mountbellew-Moylough (Tuam Stadium, 4.0) It’s five years since anyone beat Corofin in Galway and 32 years since Mountbellew-Moylough’s last title. Michael Daly will lead the line for the latter but a change to the status quo looks unlikely.
Kildare SFC final
Celbridge v Moorefield (Newbridge, 3.30) Moorefield were mighty impressive putting away a decent Athy side in the semi-final and look marginally stronger here, although Paddy Brophy is liable to win the game on his own for Celbridge.
Laois SFC final
Ballylinan v Portlaoise (O’Moore Park, 3.45) Portlaoise’s 11th final in a row, where they’ll be out to prove that last year’s defeat to Stradbally was an aberration. Ballylinan have never won a Laois title – it would be the shock of the winter if they started here.
Monaghan SFC final
Magheracloone v Scotstown (Clones, 3.30) Both these teams needed madcap, goal-filled endings to their semi-finals to stay alive but now that Scotstown have made it, they look an obvious shout to make it four titles in five years.
Offaly SFC final
Clara v Rhode (O’Connor Park, 3.30) Rhode are unbeaten in this year’s Offaly championship, Clara have lost three times and still made the final. With Niall McNamee still on song, it’s hard to look past the holders.
Tipperary SFC final
Clonmel Commercials v Killenaule (Semple Stadium, 3.30) A first ever Tipp football final for Killenaule, who will have Bubbles O’Dwyer, Kieran Bergin and, most importantly, Jimmy Feehan in the side. Clonmel should have more than enough for them though.
Tyrone SFC final
Omagh v Errigal Ciarán (Healy Park, 4.0) The last three Tyrone finals have either been drawn or won by a point so it’s hard to plump for either side here with any confidence. Ronan O’Neill could be the difference for Omagh.