Former and current soccer stars come to the fore this weekend.
AIB Club Championships: Results, previews and all next weekends fixtures
Former and current soccer stars come to the fore this weekend. One has enjoyed spells with Everton and Derry City, while another is doing this thing with Limerick FC. Meanwhile a Derry man is hoping to lead a Down side into uncharted territory.
Mullinalaghta (Longford) v St Vincent's (Dublin)
The size of the task facing Mullinalaghta cannot be underestimated. They’re against a St Vincent’s outfit that has won 28 Dublin titles and is chasing a seventh provincial title. They have county stars such as Diarmuid Connolly, Tomas Quinn and Ger Brennan, while Mayo’s Enda Varley, Lorcan Smyth of Westmeath and former Galway player Fiachra Breathnach have all bolstered the ranks this year — the latter duo at times remaining as unused subs. Meanwhile the Longford parish has a population of around 450 people, a primary school with 39 children, and just 31 players to choose from between their senior and junior panels.
Sean O'Mahonys (Louth) v Rhode (Offaly)
Ben McLaughlin has been a huge part of Sean O’Mahonys run to the Leinster semi-final but the 21-year-old wasn’t even in the fold when they won an intermediate provincial title in 2014. That’s because he was midway through a three-year spell as a defender with Everton FC, and at the time enjoying a successful loan spell with Telford United. He then joined up with Derry City FC and was caught playing for his GAA club when their match was shown live on TV. This is his first year playing fully with the senior O’Mahonys side and he helped them to a first ever senior title. Offaly champions Rhode have greater experience at this level and a standout forward in Niall McNamee who is expected to lead them to the Leinster final.
Dr Crokes (Kerry) v The Nire (Waterford)
Six members of the Crokes team have played senior football for Kerry in the past couple of seasons, and a number of them have led the Kingdom out as captain. Colm Cooper, Eoin Brosnan, Fionn Fitzgerald and Kieran O’Leary (joint captains 2014, lifting Sam) have all had the honour — and it helps that their manager Pat O’Shea also led Kerry to September glory in 2007. He was also in charge when Crokes beat The Nire in the 2006 Munster final. The Waterford club boast plenty of county stars too in Tom and Brian Wall, Thomas O'Gorman, Liam Lawlor, Shane Walsh and James McGrath. Factor in those who are stars of the Deise hurling side — All star Jamie Barron and starlet Conor Gleeson — and you understand why they should not be underestimated against the Kerry giants.
Adare (Limerick) v Kenmare (Kerry)
Two points from Limerick FC player Shane Costello helped propel Adare into the Munster football final — where they hope to become the first Treaty side ever to win this competition. Only twice have Limerick teams ever been to the final (St Senans in 2003 and Pallasgreen in 2005) so the omens aren’t great against Kerry’s Kenmare. Two of Adare’s players, Diarmuid Sexton and Andrew O’Connell, also played for the club in the 2008 Munster club SHC - losing to Waterford’s De La Salle, 1-9 to 0-10. They will have their work cut out for them against a side that contains Kerry experience in Paul O’Connor and reigning All-Ireland minor captain Sean O’Shea.
Slaughtneil (Derry) v Kilcoo (Down)
Brian McIver ended Donegal’s record of 13 consecutive final defeats in a row in 2007 when he led the county to a Division 1 league title win over Mayo. His son Paul is now hoping to lead Kilcoo out of the Ulster darkness for the first time, though this is just their second final ever after losing to Crossmaglen Rangers in 2012. Conor Laverty is the kingpin of the five-in-a-row Down champions, but in Slaughtneil they come up against a team chasing an Ulster football-hurling double. The Derry champions beat McIver’s native club, Ballinderry, in the county semi-final and he will have an intimate knowledge of the side. The Kilcoo boss previously led the Oak Leafers’ Under-21s and minors, not to mention Tyrone senior side Dromore. The odds are with the double-chasers.
Brigid's (Roscommon) v Corofin (Galway) Live on TG4
When the sides met in the 2011 Connacht final, referee Liam Devenney flashed his yellow card on 15 occasions during St Brigid's tempestuous win. Five years before that, in 2006, Corofin had the title all but won until Karol Mannion mashed a 30-yard thunderbolt into the top-corner of the net in the third minute of injury time. Former Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham was manager of the Roscommon outfit at the time, on a day when both sides finished with 14 men. Tribal county star man Gary Sice expects an open, flowing game but history suggests that sparks could fly.
Johnstownbridge (Kildare) v Scariff Ogonnelloe (Clare) Live on localstreaming.com
This will be a battle of the big guns. In 2013, Scariff-Ogonnelloe just fell short to Myshall in the All-Ireland final while Johnstownbridge are the reigning champions. The Kildare side will need to keep tabs on Rachel Minogue who scored a hat-trick in the space of ten minutes against Armagh side O’Connell’s Tullysaran in the semi-final. The Lilywhites team are looking to retain their title and emulate the feat of Myshall (Carlow), Harps (Laois) and Liatroim Fontenoys (Down).
AIB GAA & Camogie Club Championships Fixtures and Results, 26th & 27th November 2016
Saturday 19 November
All-Ireland club JHC quarter-final
Calry-St Joseph's (Sligo) 2-12 Fullen Gaels (Britain) 0-9
Munster club IHC final
Lismore (Waterford) 2-14 Kilmoyley (Kerry) 0-13
Munster Club JFC Semi-Finals
Glenbeigh-Glencar (kerry) 1-13 Gerald Griffins (Limerick) 0-6
Gabriel Rangers (Cork) 1-12 Clonoulty Rossmore (Tipperary) 1-4
Leinster club JFC final
Rosenallis (Laois) 1-11 Bracknagh (Offaly) 1-8
Leinster IHC semi-finals
Celbridge (Kildare) 0-15 Bray Emmets (Wicklow) 0-13
Carrickshock (Kilkenny) 2-12 Kiltale (Meath) 2-9
Leinster JHC semi-final
Mooncoin (Kilkenny) 2-11 St Oliver Plunketts (Westmeath) 0-7
Sunday 20 November
Leinster club SHC semi-finals
O'Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny) 3-17 Oulart-The Ballagh (Wexford) 0-17
Cuala (Dublin) 1-19 St Mullins (Carlow) 1-7
Munster club SHC final
Ballyea (Clare) 1-21 Glen Rovers (Cork) 2-10
Connacht club IFC final
Westport (Mayo) 1-9 Ballinamore (Leitrim) 0-7
Connacht club JFC final
Louisburgh (Mayo) 2-9 Creggs (Roscommon) 0-11
Ulster club IHC final
Cloughmills (Antrim) 1-11 Eoghan Rua (Derry) 2-6
Saturday 26 November
Leinster club IFC final
St Colmcilles (Meath) v Rosemount (Westmeath), Pairc Tailteann, 2pm
Sunday 27 November
Connacht club SFC final
St Brigid's (Roscommon) v Corofin (Galway), Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, 2pm
Leinster club SFC semi-finals
Sean O'Mahonys (Louth) v Rhode (Offaly), Drogheda, 2pm
Mullinalaghta (Longford) v St Vincent's (Dublin), Glennon Bros Pearse Park, 2pm
Munster club SFC final
Dr Crokes (Kerry) v The Nire (Waterford), Mallow, 3.30pm
Ulster club SFC final
Slaughtneil (Derry) v Kilcoo (Down), Athletic Grounds, 2.30pm
Munster club IFC final
Adare (Limerick) v Kenmare (Kerry), Mallow, 1.30pm
Ulster club IFC final
Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) v Pomeroy (Tyrone), Pairc Esler, 2.30pm
Ulster club JFC final
Blackhill (Monaghan) v Rock (Tyrone), Pairc Esler, 12.30pm
Sunday 27 November
All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Championship Final
Johnstownbridge (Kildare) v Scariff Ogonnelloe (Clare), St. Brendan's Park, Birr, 2.15pm