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GAA: Mayo Snatch Victory Over Brave Rossies

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Connacht Senior Football Championship

Roscommon 1-9 Mayo 0-13

Mayo advanced to the Connacht final with a slender one point lead over Roscommon.

The game started at a really slow pace and never really got going. Mayo showed a little more enterprise in the opening half and established the lead. Roscommon had a barren spell for most of the first half and were very over reliant on the hand passing and this seemed to halt their progress up the pitch to get valuable scores. Both sides were guilty of some awful missed opportunities especially as Mayo’s shots landed short and into the keeper hands. Roscommon improved a little in the closing stages of half but both sides must be wondering what happened in the opening thirty five minutes as they only managed seven points.

However the second half was to be a more entertaining affair as Roscommon got through the Mayo defence and scored a goal courtesy of Ciaran Cafferkey.

Mayo seemed to be in trouble and the game seemed like it was slipping away from the reigning Connacht champions. Mayo got motoring again and found the scores they needed so late in injury time to clinch the game in their favour.

Ulster Senior Football Championship                                                                  

Armagh 1-12 Cavan 0-9

Cavan were the visitors to Armagh and certainly made their presence known when an impromptu brawl erupted between the players as they were walking behind the parade. Eventually the game got started following the incident, one which has no place in this game. I would ask what punishment would be fair in this instance, should players be suspended for their involvement in this incident or should they be banned for the rest of the year from the sport?

Cavan started brightly and took the two opening points of the game but things began to slowly turn in Armagh’s favour and five unanswered points meant they led comfortably by 0-5 to 0-2 at the break.

Armagh started the second half at a solid pace and extended their lead further. Cavan began to reel in Armagh, but a goal would come at a crucial time to halt Cavan’s comeback as Caolan Rafferty broke breffni hearts. Cavan began to run out of steam in the latter stages of the half as Armagh maintained their lead and closed out the game to advance to the Ulster Semi-finals.

Munster Senior Football Championship

Clare 2-8 Waterford 2-8

Nothing could separate Clare and Waterford this past weekend as they locked horns.

Clare got off to the best possible start when Enda Coughlan bagged an early goal. Clare asserted their dominance but Waterford responded well and managed a goal of their own when Paul Whyte found the back of the net. Nonetheless the banner men ran in 1-5 to 1-2 at the break.

Liam O Lionaín pounced early in the second half to bag Waterford’s second goal of the game. It was soon cancelled out however as the banner men responded quickly when David Tubridy finished to the net. The game was a tight affair towards the finish and it seemed Clare were on course to record a victory over their Munster rivals, however a late point from Whyte ensured that Waterford forced a replay.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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