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GAA: Donegal And Dublin Advance To Semi Final Date

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All Ireland Football Quarter Finals

Donegal 1-12 Armagh 1-11

A late point from Paddy McBrearty fired 2012 All-Ireland champions Donegal into an All Ireland semi final against Dublin as they overcame Ulster rivals Armagh at Croke Park.

The first half started rather slowly and Armagh soon began to impose themselves on the opposition as they started adding points from Tony Kernan, Aaron Kernan and Aidan Forker. This game was a lot more open than most other Ulster matches. Armagh seemed to be in control of this game and they were playing much better football however all their good work was undone when Donegal’s Odhran McNiallais found the back of the net with the help of the post. This goal was completely against the run of play and it helped keep Donegal in touch approaching half time. Donegal improved after this for the remainder of the half and they retook the lead and went in at half time leading by two points.

The second half was again a very even contest between both sides. Donegal and Armagh both traded points for the most part of the start of the second half. Armagh were rewarded later for their dominance throughout the game when Stefan Campbell punched the ball to the net, despite the best efforts of the Donegal defence to keep out.  The game was even and although Armagh played the better football, it was Donegal who would come out on top when a late point from McBrearty separated the two sides at the finish. Donegal will now progress on to play the reigning All-Ireland Champions Dublin on August 31st.

Dublin 2-22 Monaghan 0-11

After a tense opening period reigning All Ireland champions Dublin blew Monaghan out of the water with a comprehensive seventeen point victory.

Monaghan set up defensively in the opening parts of the first half and seemed as though it was working to some extent as they kept the Dubs subdued for the first 25 minutes of the game, as the boys in blue were restricted to scoring just three points, all of which came from frees. Monaghan had chances in this period of dominance but failed to take their opportunities. The latter part of the half saw Dublin stepping up a gear and finally breaching the Monaghan defence as two goals in quick succession from Bernard Brogan and Diarmuid Connolly put daylight between the sides as Monaghan were left with an unenviable task.  Dublin lea by 2-8 to 0-5 points at half time.

The second half didn’t see any major improvement for the Ulster side as Dublin kept putting over the scores as Monaghan had little to no answer to the result of the game. Dublin pushed away in the second half and ran out very easy winners by 17 points. Bernard Brogan was their main scorer on the day and he notched up a massive 1-7 during the game. Conor McManus did his best for his side throughout the game and scored five points during the game but it made little difference as Dublin advance to the play the 2012 All-Ireland Football Champions Donegal.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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