Sunday 1 November

Connacht SFC quarter-final
Leitrim v Mayo, Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 1:15pm

Leinster SFC 1st round (all 1:30pm)
Louth v Longford, TEG Cusack Park
Wexford v Wicklow, Chadwicks Wexford Park
Offaly v Carlow, Bord na Mona O'Connor Park

Munster SFC quarter-final
Tipperary v Clare, Semple Stadium, 1pm

Ulster SFC quarter-final
Donegal v Tyrone, Ballybofey, 1:30pmDerry v Armagh, Celtic Park, 4pm


Donegal v Tyrone will be live on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player, while you can watch Leitrim against Mayo on the RTÉ News channel.

The Munster and Leinster matches today are available on GAAGO, while Derry versus Armagh clash is on BBC Northern Ireland.

As always, the weekend's highlights can be watched on The Sunday Game, from 9.30pm on RTÉ2


Live updates of all the day's action on Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1


Live blogs on and the RTÉ News app, video highlights on social media.


Rain spreading from the southwest and becoming widespread this afternoon. Heaviest in Munster with some spot flooding here. Fresh to strong southwest winds in the south, easing light to moderate elsewhere. Highest temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees, coolest in the north and mildest in the south.

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All or nothing

While the hurling teams came in cold, with no Allianz League games to test the fitness levels, every football team playing today has had at least one league game to get back into the swing of things.

The difference for big ballers is that this is sudden death - there are no second chances, with defeat meaning the end of the 2020 season.


Undoubtedly the game of the day is in Ulster, with the meeting of two Division 1 sides.

Tomás Ó Sé told RTÉ's Morning Ireland that Donegal versus Tyrone was the "match I've been waiting for all season."

He continued: "It's the hardest game of the weekend to call but I do think Donegal might have that little bit too much for Tyrone. We could have penalties but I'll go hesitantly for Donegal."

These counties have clashed regularly in championship over the last decade - nine times in fact. Donegal have the better record, with five wins to Tyrone's three, and they won the most recent encounter between the sides in last year's provincial semi-final.

That said, the Red Hand won the previous three games, and they looked impressive in relegating Mayo last weekend, particularly Conor McKenna who hit two goals, to add to the three-pointer he scored in the league game between Tyrone and Donegal two weeks ago.

All things considered, the game should be a cracker.


Today's clash in the west should be straight-forward for Mayo. The Green above the Red were relegated from Division 1 of the Allianz League last weekend, undoubtedly a conclusion they wouldn't have fancied.

While there was plenty of schadenfreude from certain quarters on social media, the likes of Donegal and Tyrone have spent time in Division 2 in recent seasons, and it hasn't done them much harm.

Even in the one-point defeat to Tyrone at Castlebar on Sunday, which ultimately saw them go down, two of the three goals they conceded were from poorly worked short kick-outs - things that should be easy to fix for the coming knockout competition.

As Aidan O'Rourke wrote in his column this week, "Everyone loves to see the rampant green jerseys' high-energy attacking play.

"As fine a side as Tyrone are, every one of the top six teams will create those opportunities if Mayo continue to be so negligent in how they set up to defend and that will ultimately place a glass ceiling above them."

There were plenty of positives for James Horan to take, and their demolition job the previous weekend against Galway was particularly impressive. Would anyone realistically be shocked to see Mayo lifting the JJ Nestor Cup in a few weeks?

For Leitrim, a first campaign in Division 3 since 2008 lasted just one season. It's a huge ask for them, and Terry Hyland will know that.


You'd be be surprised if any of the six teams playing today were to reach the Leinster final.

This is particularly true for the winners of Louth and Longford, who, although they might fancy a shot at Laois next time out, are on the same side of the draw as perennial winners Dublin.

Longford looked comfortable in Division 3 this season, as they have done for the last five seasons since they gained promotion back in 2015. They beat Louth when the sides clashed back in January, as they did the previous January as well.

The midlanders also won the most recent championship encounter between the pair, a 2017 round 1 qualifier.

For their part, the Wee County finished their campaign with a morale boosting victory against Down last weekend, but they were the only points they picked up in the entire campaign.

For the other four counties involved today, that target of a provincial final is the realistic aim, although they'll all be sticking to the old "one game at a time" mantra, publicly at least.

Wexford and Wicklow will know each other very well after their clash at Chadwicks Wexford Park last Sunday. That was a game to decide who gained promotion to Division 3, and it was won by Wicklow.

They'll be playing Division 3 next year for the first time since 2013. There have been some positive shoots in the Garden County of late.

In 2018 they beat Offaly, their first win in the province in five years, while their minors beat Dublin and Meath in the same Leinster campaign in 2018.

You have to go back to 2014 to find Wexford's last win in Leinster. They spent a season in Division 3 of the NFL in 2018, but it has not been a good time for the big ball game in a county that prides itself on being one of the few dual counties of the GAA.

The surprising arrival and subsequent departure of Paul Galvin before a championship ball was kicked only adds to the frustration for football followers in the county.

The game today should be an intriguing one.

Gavin departed without managing Wexford in the championship

The last game in Leinster is the clash of Offaly and Carlow. The Faithful held their own in Division 3, and have a manager with vast experiences in John Maughan.

The momentum brought about by Carlow's impressive 2018 season, which included promotion to Division 3 and a shock Leinster quarter-final victory over Kildare, has someone what dissipated.

Three wins in the bottom tier was their lot for the league campaign, and Turlough O'Brien, who seemed to get the most out of his squad, stepped away during the lockdown of the summer.

Offaly won when these sides met in the NFL in 2019 and 2015, while you have to go back to 2007 for a championship showdown between the pair, which was also won by the Faithful County.


Once since 1935 has a county other than Kerry or Cork claimed the Munster football crown.

But with those two set to face off in the semi-final next weekend, the remaining three counties have the chance to get to the provincial decider after Limerick's win over Waterford last night.

On paper, Clare would be the best of the rest. Colm Collins has keep them at good level - mid-table in Division 2 - and the return of Gary Brennan and Jamie Malone will be very welcome for the Banner.

Their opponents Tipperary avoided relegation in Division 3, and come into the game with two wins-in-a-row since the league returned.

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