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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. Continue reading

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All Ireland SFC Previews: Dublin Face Meath In Leinster Decider

Leinster Senior Football Final

Dublin v Meath 

Dublin come into this game as hot favourites to claim the Leinster title. Meath have been relatively consistent and their composure was evident in their victory over Wexford in the semi-finals. Dublin overcame Kildare who failed to live up to expectations and give a decent performance. Dublin have been impressive and their power play can blow teams away at times, but they too need to be challenged. Meath need to keeps scores to a minimum and hopefully get a goal or two of their own. Dublin still have excellent free takers in their side like Bernard Brogan and Stephen Cluxton and should be too strong for Meath. The Royals need goals and lots of them to upset the outcome of this game.

Verdict: Dublin

Round 2 All Ireland Qualifiers

Cavan v Fermanagh

Fermanagh come into this game after being beaten by Cavan already in the championship. Cavan will be hoping to play at a higher intensity than their previous encounter in the Ulster championship and scoring goals will help their chances of victory. Fermanagh will look forward to this game as revenge is the main driving force for their victory. Cavan will need to score goals to win this tie, but Fermanagh want revenge and they have the momentum now and should come through this game. This game will be close but Fermanagh should win this by 2 or 3 points come the final whistle.

Verdict: Fermanagh

Longford v Wexford

Longford will be hoping for a solid performance from their forward line including the main players like Paul Barden. Wexford though still have a superior forward line and I can’t see them losing this game. Longford are a good team and will put this game up to their Leinster rivals but don’t have the same firepower or options to turn games on its head. Wexford will be looking for solid performances from Ben Brosnan, Ciaran Lyng and PJ Banville to see them progress to Round 3.

Verdict: Wexford

Armagh v Leitrim

Armagh progress to this round after annihilating Wicklow in the previous game. Leitrim after their defeat to London in the Connacht Championship aren’t at the same level as Armagh in this Qualifier game. Armagh still have some quality players like Brendan Donaghy and Aaron Kernan and are vastly superior to this Leitrim side. Leitrim will be hoping Armagh don’t repeat what they did to Wicklow. Armagh will most certainly win this game, the only problem Leitrim might have is the margin of their defeat.

Verdict: Armagh

Kildare v Louth

Kildare need to pick themselves up quickly after the Leinster semi-final defeat to Dublin. If Louth play to their potential in this game they will be certain of overcoming this big Kildare side. Kildare will be hoping players like O’Flaherty and Doyle can bring them success in this game which seems more difficult to predict than most others. Kildare’s dominance around the middle of the field will hopefully give them enough possession to clinch this Qualifier game. Louth can still cause a surprise in this game and are using a lot more support play from the defenders, which makes it easier for forwards to score.

Verdict: Kildare

All Ireland SFC: Round 1 Qualifiers Previews

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Round One Qualifiers

Carlow v Laois

This game is the first championship qualifier in history that will take place on a Friday night. Both teams have received a significant loss in their opening game of the championship. Laois have improved a lot this year & should be too strong for their Leinster rivals. They have also  impressed with a solid league performance in division 2 this year. Carlow on the other hand have some good players like Brendan Murphy who will need to play at their best and home advantage will be important for them as they can make Laois uncomfortable but Laois should have enough quality to come through this encounter. Continue reading

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