Preview: Weekend's Gaelic Games action

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Saturday December 8

AIB Leinster Club Intermediate Football Final

Shamrocks Offaly v Two Mile House Kildare, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 1.30pm

AIB Leinster Club Junior Football Final

Dundalk Young Irelands Louth v St Brigid's Offaly, Drogheda, 1.30pm

Two interesting deciders are scheduled for Saturday with Offaly involvement in both games.

In Tullamore Shamrocks' clash with Two Mile House in the Intermediate showpiece promises to be a lively affaor.

Two Mile House have made significant strides in the past decade and are emerging as a force in Kildare with Peter Kelly and Chris Healy prominent figures.

Nigel Dunne remains a prolific forward for Offaly and Shamrocks and Two Mile House will be fully aware of his potent threat.

Dundalk Young Irelands's have enjoyed a good Leinster adventure and are set for a good tussle with St Brigid's.

There has been plenty to admire about how Brigid's have responded following a setback in Offaly and they will journey to Drogheda in an optimistic frame of mind.

Bord Na Mona O'Byrne Cup

Louth v Wexford, Darver, 5pm

Laois v Meath, O'Moore Park, 6pm

Longford v Wicklow, Netownforbes, 7pm

The Saturday evening action is focused on the Bord Na Mona O'Byrne Cup.

Wayne Kierans takes charge of Louth, who host Wexford at the Centre of Excellence in Darver.

Laois, who progressed nicely under John Sugrue in 2018, will be hoping to make an impact in Division Three of the Allianz League so their encounter with Meath is a decent test.

Padraic Davis is a well regarded figure in Longford so the midlanders' match with Wicklow, who are without a string of experienced players, is another game in which emerging talent should be afforded the opportunity to shine.

Eddie Brennan takes charge of the Laois hurlers for the first time against Offaly.Eddie Brennan takes charge of the Laois hurlers for the first time against Offaly.

Sunday December 9

AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Final

Kilmacud Crokes Dublin v St Columba's, Mullinalaghta Longford, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 1.30pm

Mickey Graham's splendid work with Mullinalaghta is reflected with three Longford titles, but the journey has continued into Leinster this year.

That a provincial decider has been reached owes much to Mullinalghta's clever use of the resources at their disposal.

How Graham has stitched a team together with the talented Shane Mulligan, Donal and Aidan McElligott, Rian Brady, James and David McGivney all instrumental.

Kilmacud Crokes have impressed en route to this Leinster Final winning a strong Dublin Championship with Paul Mannion supplying the scores and inspiration in attack.

Pat Burke's enduring influence is another key factor, while the decorated Cian O'Sullivan is also a vital figure.

Andrew McGowan and Cillian O'Shea are important members of the Croes defence, while Caullum Pearson's three point haul in the thrilling semi-final success over Portlaoise was critical.

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