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GAA: Donegal Battle Armagh As Mons Braced For Capital Punishment

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Six into four simply does not go. With Kerry and Mayo having sealed their passage to the last four of the All Ireland last weekend all eyes will switch focus to headquarters again this weekend to see who will join them. Reigning champions Dublin and Donegal have been branded as favourites ahead of the action but nothing is for certain at this stage of the competition. Could a team of yesteryear be set to reclaim glory or are they only beginning on the path to future success.

Here’s our verdict.

All Ireland Football Quarter Finals

Donegal v Armagh

This will be one of the more interesting games this weekend, as Armagh have been fairly consistent so far this year. They are most certainly a strong contender for future seasons.  This Armagh side play a very fast type of game and they rely heavily on their dynamic duo of Jamie Clarke and Tony Kernan. They have shown a natural ability to defend especially in the way they got past Meath in the last game. Armagh during that game had the opportunity to press ahead and put the game beyond Meath, but they failed to do so. Donegal most certainly won’t miss an opportunity to put a team out of the Championship and coupled with their counter attack play, this game will be very interesting.

Armagh’s strong reading of the game in defence might prevent Donegal breaking up the field on most occasions but they could be caught out. Armagh will need to take a good look at how Monaghan beat them in the 2013 Ulster Final and try to replicate that intensity and pressure. Donegal will have more experience and having been the dominant force in Ulster in the last few years and being 2012 All-Ireland Champions they will be favourites but Armagh will give them some real problems to think about. However it looks like Jimmy will keep on winning matches.

Verdict: Donegal

Dublin v Monaghan

Dublin and Monaghan will battle in Croke Park this weekend in the last of the All-Ireland quarter finals.

Reigning All Ireland Champions Dublin will square off against a strong defensive side and it wil be interesting to see how they approach the game against a team who have been accused of parking the bus in recent games. Monaghan will need to stick to their defensive style and keep the scores down. The farney county will hope they can get crucial required scores on the counter attack.

Monaghan had a very tough battle last weekend against Kildare and have had little time to prepare for their toughest assignment this year, and I think this coupled with playing against the most dynamic team in the country at the moment will be far too big an ask for the Ulster side. Dublin will view this game as good preparation for an All-Ireland meeting with either Donegal or Armagh. Dublin have far too much firepower for Monaghan and this should be the difference at the weekend.  Dublin most certainly won’t have it all their own way at the weekend, although I would find it hard for Monaghan to be as physical and concentrated, especially after playing 90 minutes of a very fierce battle with the lilywhites last weekend.

Verdict: Dublin

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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