Tuesday 24 October 2017

Big-match previews

All-Ireland Voc Schools sFC final St Malachy's v Clonakilty CC, Today, Croke Park, 12.45

Castlewellan outfit St Malachy's are chasing their third successive title and in, Down minor and county championship winner with Kilcoo, Ciaran McClane they have a wealth of experience to turn to despite losing the majority of their players from last year.

Clonakilty, however, are after their first title so they will be desperate not to let this chance slip.

Verdict: Clonakilty CC

All-Ireland Colleges

SFC final

St Brendan's v St Colman's,

Today, Croke Park, 2.30

While big names like Paul Galvin and Martin Clarke patrol the sidelines, the biggest battle in today's Hogan Cup final is more likely to be between the two captains -- Brendans' midfielder Chris O'Leary and his opposite number, Niall McParland.

The midfield winner could go a long way in determining who lifts the crown as The Sem search for their first title in 18 years.

Verdict: St Colman's Newry.

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