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GAA: Late Point Saves Armagh As Meath Book Dublin Date

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan 0-14 Armagh 0-14

A late point by Rory Grugan saved Armagh from defeat and from exiting the Ulster Championship. Monaghan will need to address the ability to open up Armagh as they were very reliant on frees to keep them in this game. This could have potentially won the game for the farney men especially with some good free taking from Monaghan Goalkeeper Rory Beggan from the ground.

The game started at a rather slow pace and it was Monaghan that were on top even though the scores were coming mostly from frees while Armagh found it easier to score from play in the opening half. Kieran McKeever and Tony Kernan were influential in keeping in touch with Monaghan. The farney men were quite impressive with the placed kicks and this is why both sides remained level at the break.

The second half was more intense in phases as Monaghan expressed some control and looked like they were going to pull away from the Orchard County. Armagh tipped some scores over as the game approached the 70 minute mark. They got the necessary scores from the likes of Jamie Clarke, Stefan Campbell and the crucial score to bring the game to a replay from the boot of Rory Grugan.

Leinster Senior Football Championship

Meath 2-15 Kildare 0-16

Meath advanced to a third successive Leinster final date with Dublin after overcoming Kildare this past weekend.

Meath were dominant in the opening half of this game with Stephen Bray causing fierce problems for the Lilywhites defence. Meath were creating a lot of good opportunities and were threatening on goal on several occasions as they exploited Kildare’s lack of pace in defence. Meath made a strong move toward goal which resulted in Dalton McDonagh being tackled inside the box and the Royals were awarded a penalty which was finished to the net by Andrew Tormey to give Meath a well deserved lead.

The second half looked like it was going to be a carbon copy of the first as Meath started brightest once again when McDonagh gave the royals the second goal of the game with his tidy finish to the net. Kildare seemed an improved side in the second half and clawed their way back into the game with several good scores from Smith, Fogarty and O Neill. They still had an enormous task ahead of them and it was too much to do with time running out as the Royals reunited their traditional battle with the Dubs in the Leinster Final.

Dublin 2-25 Wexford 1-12

Dublin powered past Wexford at headquarters this weekend to bring them one step closer to retaining their Leinster title.

Dublin haven’t been at their best all year and have shown that they do have some flaws in their defence and rely heavily on their second half performance to blow teams away, something that would once again seal their fate.

The game started poorly with neither side really looking impressive. Dublin were only a few scores in front, but could have been further ahead if it wasn’t for some good decision making and defending in the opening stages of the first half from Wexford’s defence. Wexford were too reliant on Ben Brosnan and will be disappointed with their return of only six points at the break. Dublin looked very flat and ordinary in the first half and will be disappointed with the amount of wides that they kicked. Wexford too were guilty of kicking some easy attempts wide and some poor shots that landed short.

Dublin led by four points at the break but the standard of football in the opening half by both sides was terrible, with poor execution of simple skills. The second half was all about Dublin as they went out to make certain of their passage to the Leinster final. Dublin put the game out of sight with two goals in the second half from Cormac Costello and Paul Flynn, establishing some breathing space despite Daithi Waters pulling a goal back for Wexford. Dublin cruised to victory with their second half blitz but they will need to turn up for the 70 minutes otherwise better opposition may dethrone them.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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