SUNDAY  22 NOVEMBER

Munster SFC final
Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 1.30pm

Ulster SFC final
Cavan v Donegal, Athletic Grounds, 4pm

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

TV
Today's provincial final double-bill will start at 1pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. Ulster final live on BBC2 NI from 3.30pm. Highlights of all the matches on The Sunday Game on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 9.30pm.

Viewers outside Ireland can watch the games on GAAGO

RADIO

Sunday Sport from 1.30pm on RTE Radio 1 and Spórt an Lae on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, beginning at 1.15pm, will have live commentary on both finals.

What's rare could be wonderful in Munster

Before the championship, the smart money would have been on Kerry and Clare to contest the southern decider. But Clare were sent packing early on by Tipp, before the Blue and Gold edged out Limerick after a tense semi-final that went to extra-time.

Mark Keane watches the ball hit the Kerry net

And then came more drama on Leeside. Cork, battling bravely throughout also forced an extra 20 minutes in their last-four clash with Kerry. Seconds left, and with the Kingdom hanging on, Cork's Luke Connolly launched a high ball goalwards. Mark Keane, standing on the edge of the square, plucked it from the heavens, turned and rifled the ball to the Kerry net. No more time for anything else

And so for the first time since 2002, Cork and Tipperary will contest the final. 

The Rebels are looking for a first title since 2012, while Tipp have to go back to 1935 for their last win, in a clash where the Leesiders were the vanquished.

Both sides operated out of Division 3 in 2020. Cork, clearly the masters in topping the section, while the Premier flirted with life down near the bottom, but survived.

Cork's new-found belief under Ronan McCarthy really blossomed in last year's final against Kerry. They put it up to the Kingdom. As expected, the Rebels' time in the third tier of the league was short. And then a fortnight ago, they seemed to have more fight for the battle when surprising their neighbours. Yes, a surprise, but not a shock. 

That was the view of Ronan McCarthy when he spoke to RTÉ Sport

"I don't think it's as much of a shock when people look at it," he said.

"We served notice last year against Kerry that we were at that level and we performed really well against Dublin and Tyrone in both matches. 

"We felt we were in a better place than even last year, stronger panel, and it all came together and we got what we deserved in the end."

In previewing the final, Tomás O Sé believes there is more in this Cork side, when saying: "I watched the Cork-Kerry semi-final again this week and I don't think Cork got the credit they deserve. Their defending, their physicality and their decision making was first-class. I think the way they want to play football is impressive. 

"Have they room to improve? Of course, they have!

"The challenge for Ronan McCarthy is to ensure that that ferocity and the willingness not to back down is at the same level it was against Kerry."

It's only four years since Tipperary contested an All-Ireland semi-final. Many of that team are still involved. 

Colin O'Riordan in action during the 2015 Munster championship

Manager David Power has included the Sydney Swans; Colin O'Riordan in his panel for the clash against the Rebels, and after Mark Keane's exploits against Kerry in the provincial semi-final, the question is whether to start O'Riordan or keep him in reserve as an impact sub. 

The JK Brackens clubman last played senior football for Tipperary in 2015, but since the end of the Aussie Rules campaign in September, has been training with the county squad during the off-season and has been at all four of their league and championship games so far, despite not being allowed permission to play, until now.

O'Riordan's availability alongside the likes of Conor Sweeney will no doubt boost the Tipp cause as they look to set up a repeat of their 2016 All-Ireland semi against Mayo.

Cork, however, look the better bet to advance in what should be the closest of the three finals.

Genuine All-Ireland contender v comeback kings

Hugh McFadden of Donegal in action against Conor Rehill and Padraig Faulkner of Cavan during the 2019 decider

And so we have a repeat of last year's final pairing in Ulster. Donegal's margin of victory was five points, but the final scoreline flattered Cavan.

Declan Bonner's side, you would have to say, have moved on another gear from last year. In dismantling Armagh last weekend, they definitely made a statement of sorts, though we should add a note of caution given the insipid first-half showing from the Orchardmen.

Michael Murphy is still central to the Donegal way of playing, but others are also helping to conduct the orchestra. 

Michael Langan pointed within seconds of the start against Armagh Donegal were on a firm footing right from the off, knowing that Armagh could have presented a banana skin to derail their ambitions.

Not to be.

Peader Mogan celebrates his goal against Armagh

Donegal reeled off eight points on the spin in an opening half where their ball-carrying ability, workrate and physicality was just too much for McGeeney's men. Michael Murphy set up Peadar Mogan for the game's only goal - the latter surging forward from his half-back position to send a bullet past the Armagh keeper. 

In total, Donegal has 13 different scorers on view. Paddy McBrearty caught the eye when introduced for the final 20 minutes, as did Oisin Gallen. All told, an excellent day at the office for the reigning Ulster champions, in spite of injuries to Stephen McMenamin and Hugh McFadden.

Declan Bonner was happy afterwards, though in keeping a lid on things, he told RTÉ Sport: "There's definitely room for improvement and we'll go back and analyse."

Gearoid McKiernan (r) and Luke Fortune celebrate the win over Down

Cavan came from ten points behind to score a remarkable comeback victory over Down to set up this encounter. In the end, the Breffni were well worth their one-point victory. An extra-time win over Monaghan and a grind-it-out victory against Antrim fill out their championship story up to now. The relegation to Division 3, all but forgotten about until next spring. 

They'll have to start with more purpose against Donegal.

Looking ahead, Mickey Graham is only too well aware what an early slumber would mean when he spoke to RTÉ.

"We leave ourselves a mountain to climb in the second half of matches, and today was no different," he said, "but you are not going to get away with that against the machine of Donegal.

"If we let them do that they will put us to the sword, so we have a lot of work to do."

Donegal are seeking to take the Ulster title for the 11th time. The county are in the final for the ninth time in ten seasons - they missed out in 2017.

Cavan last won the Anglo Celt in 1997. This is the first time they have reached successive finals since the late 1960s  Cavan last beat Donegal in the championship in the 2005 qualifiers.