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GAA: Clare Crush Carlow As Armagh KO Tyrone

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers Round 2B

Cavan 0-5 Roscommon 1-16

Roscommon cruised past Cavan this weekend at Kingspan Breffni Park for this round 2 qualifier.

Both of these sides played against each other in the division 3 final earlier this year with Roscommon coming out on top in that encounter and a similar pattern quickly emerged.

The first half of this game was poor, with neither side impressing. Roscommon edged a low scoring first half at the break by a score of 0-3 to 0-2. Both sides were wasteful in front of goal.

Roscommon were certainly not intent on repeating their first half exploits and knocked over eight unanswered points. Some good scores from Diarmuid Murtagh put them in the driving seat as Cavan failed to bring their shooting boots with them to this game. Roscommon ‘s blistering start to the second half killed all Cavan hope and they advance to the next round, where they will surely face a tougher challenge.

Tyrone 0-10 Armagh 0-13

Armagh will take great joy in knocking out fierce Ulster rivals Tyrone.

The orchard county edged affairs in the first half, with Jamie Clarke proving particularly influential. Clarke grew more into the game and caused problems for the Tyrone defence. Things got worse for the red hand county when Mattie Donnelly was sent off with half time approaching. Sean Cavanagh’s scores proved crucial in keeping his side in this game as Armagh seemed to have overwhelmed them for most parts of the first half.

Tyrone improved in the second half with the introduction of Stephen O’Neill to give his side a much needed boost. Armagh steadied themselves and weathered the storm well as they came out on top, despite going behind in the early part of the second half. Armagh will be delighted with the performances of Charlie Vernon and Andy Mallon in defence as they clinched a surprising victory over their neighbours. Armagh advance winning by 0-13 to 0-10.

Carlow 2-13 Clare 4-26

Clare bagged four goals as they obliterated Carlow to seal their passage into the next round of the championship.

Clare started the better of the two sides as they began to get some points on the board. Carlow found it difficult to breach the Clare defence but when they did Ciaran Moran found the back of the net to keep Carlow in touch with the visitors. Clare hit two quickfire goals and were cruising at half time by 2-15 to 1-6 and there seemed no way back for the Carlow men.

Clare continued in the second half with further goals from Podge Collins and Podge McMahon giving them a rather easy victory. Carlow only mustered a mere consolation with a goal from David Bambrick. Clare will get a serious challenge in their next game regardless who they face and it won’t be as kind to them as today.

Down 0-11 Kildare 1-18

The Lilywhites advanced to the next stage of the championship after beating Down in Newry.

Kildare started the game well and pressed home their advantage in midfield, which made it much easier to get scores. Down found it particularly hard to break down the Kildare defence which forced them into kicking away a lot of possession. Down relied on frees from Donal O’Hare and only managed their first point from open play as the half drew to a close. Kildare’s Padraig Fogarty and Eamonn Callaghan were influential for the Lilywhites who dominated the first half and led by 0-8 to 0-3 at the break.

Down looked to be on the comeback trail in the second half with some scores from Dan Gordon and Benny Coulter, but after this they began to falter as Kildare began to dominate once more. Kildare completely pulled away as Tommy Moolick sealed the victory for the visitors in the last few minutes of the game with a goal to see his side advance to Round 3.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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