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GAA: Roscommon And Tipperary Claim League Titles

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Allianz National Football League Final Division 3

Roscommon 1-17 Cavan 0-18

Roscommon narrowly edged past Cavan to win the Allianz National League Third Division.

Cavan started the game brightly and were beginning to pull away from Roscommon, they however seemed slow to get into this game, as Cavan opened up a five point advantage at one stage. Cavan could have extended their lead only for Roscommon goalkeeper Darren O’Malley to deny them from the penalty spot. Roscommon gradually grew into the game as they approached half time and with a fortuitous goal scored by David Keenan they moved to within a point of the Breffni men.

Roscommon got a great start to the second half when Senan Kilbride got two massive scores for the rossies to edge them in front for the first time in the game. The game was relatively even in the second half although Cavan seemed to give away possession a little too easily at times and found it difficult to break down the Roscommon defence. The rossies found their scores much easier to come by and although there would be a lot of physicality in the last ten minutes of the game this was at times a real battle for possession, neither side really deserved to lose this game. Cavan tried desperately to get a winner at the end of the game, but it was Roscommon that stood firm to claim the division 3 title.

Allianz National Football League Final Division 4

Tipperary 1-16 Clare 1-15

This was to be a rather rare sighting of both Tipperary and Clare footballers competing for the division 4 title in Croke Park. Tipperary claimed the title by the narrowest of margins in a good exhibition of football by both teams.

The first half started with Clare looking to be impressive with their style of play and with the exploits of Shane McGrath and David Tubridy in good form in the opening stages of the half that gave the banner men the early lead. Tipperary showed more goal scoring potential in the first half and squandered their opening opportunity as Clare had just enough time to scramble players to stop the shot. This wasn’t to be the last chance they had as the Clare defence failed to deal with a high ball in as Tipperary edged in front thanks to a nicely placed goal by Conor Sweeney. Tipp’s goal seemingly halted Clare’s good progress in the first half and it was Tipperary that lead by 1-7 to 0-9 at the break.

Clare returned to the field in the second half and were determined to make up for the poor showing in the last few minutes of the second half. Clare found Micheal O’Leary in open space and his powerful shot ended up in the top of the net to give the banner men a much-needed boost in the second half. However, despite this good start to the second half, Tipperary came back into the game with Sweeney providing some much-needed scores for the premier men. It was really point for point stuff towards the end of the game, but Clare at times seemed to make too many mistakes  and ill-discipline in defence lead to Tipperary popping over easy frees that kept them in the game. Late points from Sweeney gave them enough advantage as the banner men ran out of time. This game was good for both sides and showed that division 4 is just a competitive as the other divisions.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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  1. April 28th, 2014

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