SLIGO AND Leitrim, so often regarded as the minnows of Connacht football, come face to face in a novel pairing in the Connacht FBD League final next Sunday.
The venue was due to be decided last night but whatever the venue the fixture should attract a huge crowd and provide a pulsating contest.
The sides could well meet again in the Connacht Championship semi-final later in the year, a possibility which will add further intrigue to Sunday's showdown.
While the FBD competition would not be high on the priority list of either county, the prospect of picking up some silverware at this early stage of the season is an appealing bonus and both sides are expected to field strong teams.
"When you get to a final of any competition, regardless of the status of the tournament, you want to win it", insisted Sligo manager, Kevin Walsh.
"We've put in a lot of hard work over the last few months and our form in the FBD League to date has been very encouraging.
"It is important to keep that momentum going and winning some silverware would be a nice bonus ahead of the start of the National League", he added.
Sligo produced their best display of the year so far when accounting for a strong Galway team at Enniscrone last Sunday and Walsh will be demanding more of the same this week.
"There were some areas of our game which we need to work on but overall I was very pleased with our performance. It's about building winning momentum at this time of the year and we'll be looking for further improvement against Leitrim"
Sligo have a number of injuries to contend with and it's likely that the starting fifteen won't be finalised until nearer the week-end. Wing forward, Pat Hughes, is definitely out with a facial injury while Niall Murphy has a muscle injury.
Charlie Harrison, who missed last week's game with a stomach bug, should be fit to come into contention, however. Three wins out of three in January represents a solid return for Sligo but just as pleasing were the performances of a number of newcomers to the squad.
Tourlestrane pair, Adrian McIntyre, and Brian Egan, look like real finds and are likely to feature against Leitrim.
James Clarke is another who showed up very well during the Connacht League while Brian Curran and Kenneth Sweeney were also impressive on their return to the senior panel.
Leitrim go into Sunday's final on the crest of a wave, with wins over Roscommon and Mayo to their credit.
While they weren't at their best when registering a one point victory over GMIT last week, they are sure to be primed for a huge effort in Sunday's final.
Emlyn Mulligan has been in top form during the FBD competition and will be a huge threat to Sligo in the decider.
Others likely to feature in Leitrim's starting fifteeen are Sean McWeeney, Paul Brennan, Wayne McKeon, James Glancy, Conor Beirne and Adrian Croal.