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GAA: Ulster Sides Advance With Qualifier Victories

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers

Cavan 1-15 Westmeath 1-14

Westmeath will be disappointed that they let this game slip from their grasp but Cavan were unwilling to go out of the championship at this stage of the season.

Westmeath were slightly the happier side in the first half as they led courtesy of some good scores by Ger Egan but neither side looked like they were going to pull away in this game. This game never really going to get going until the second half with the pressure to win increasing and the prospect of being knocked out of the championship becoming more evident.

Westmeath seemed to be doing well in the second half and everything seemed to change when Niall McDermott finished off an excellent move to give the Cavan men a much needed boost. Cavan pressed ahead and opened out a big gap between the two sides to give them some breathing space. Westmeath came back at them and ran them very close especially when John Gilligan’s goal brought them right back into this game. Cavan held out in the closing stages of the game and were impressive at crucial points in the game. Cavan earned a hard win by the narrowest of margins.

Carlow 0-17 Waterford 1-13

Waterford visited Carlow this weekend and with two games under the belt they were certainly a side not to be taken lightly however they ultimately bowed out. Carlow could count themselves lucky as their second half performance was enough to see them through to the next round.

The Deise men started the first half in a positive sense and were impressive as they were finishing of their moves with scores. Waterford soon capitalised on some poor Carlow defending when Liam O’Lionnain got the only goal of the game with his effort. The Waterford goal was the main difference between the two sides in the first half even though Carlow did miss some good opportunities.

The second half was to be a different affair as Waterford still dominated, especially in the opening stages. Carlow were beginning to reel in Waterford and started to get points back on the scoreboard. Carlow eventually levelled matters and two late points from Jack Kennedy and Daniel St. Ledger proved crucial in deciding the game.

Tyrone 2-21 Louth 0-10

Louth bowed out of the championship with a second successive hammering, this time at the hands of Tyrone, who blew them away with a strong second half performance.

Tyrone started the first half very well and had opened up a decent gap between the two sides. Louth got into the game for the latter stages of the first half where they cut Tyrone’s lead back to two points at the break, Tyrone leading by 0-9 to 0-7.

The second half was to be all about Tyrone and they cut through the Louth defence way too easily at times to finish with two goals coming from Stephen O Neill amd Mattie Donnelly which gave them a very comprehensive victory over the wee county. Louth will be disappointed that they showed no real intensity and no real intent to come back into the game as it drew to a close. Tyrone march on and this game may not help them much against better opposition.

Down 4-18 Leitrim 0-9

The Mourne men cruised past a poor Leitrim side to advance to the next round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Down will be a team that nobody will want to play against when they play at their best, especially if they can build momentum through the qualifiers.

Down ran riot from the start and put the game well beyond the Connacht side. Leitrim were mostly scoring off scrappy possession and didn’t look like taking this game to the Mourne men. Down expressed this dominance when Niall Madine and the ever impressive Conor Laverty found the net for two goals in the opening half to make sure of their victory very early on.

The second half was not really much friendlier to the Connacht side as Conor Laverty once again pounced and added his second goal of the game as Down completely outclassed Leitrim in all areas of the pitch. Down comfortably winning by 4-18 to 0-9.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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