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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

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. Continue reading

GAA: Mayo Hold Off Cork As Monaghan Scrape Past Lilywhites

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All-Ireland Quarter Finals

Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15

Mayo held off a resilient Cork side to secure a semi final date with Kerry following a narrow one point win at Croke Park.

The first half started at a slow pace with Mayo wasting a lot of opportunities, as Cork began to settle down more quickly. Cork took the lead with some excellent scores from Brian Hurley in the opening part of the first half. Mayo took longer to find their shooting boots, but when they did get going they got right back into the game. The game was point for point for most of the rest of the first half with a tense atmosphere developing between both sides.

The second half saw Mayo exert some control over the game and they looked like pulling away as they built up some a big lead with great points from Alan Dillon and Andy Moran. Mayo stepped off the gas which allowed the rebels back into the game and the reliable Donnacha O’Connor notched up 1-3 for his side with a superbly well taken goal to reel back the westerners. Mayo remained composed and their patience paid off when Aidan O’Shea rounded the Cork goalie Ken O’Halloran to give Mayo a much needed boost. It was to be tense once more as straight after this Brian Hurley cut through the Mayo cover to blast his shot to the Mayo net to keep the rebels within the game. Mayo seemed a little nerve wrecked after conceding this goal, but they stuck to their task and added some late points to ensure their victory despite some late pressure from Cork. Continue reading

GAA: Mayo Battle Rebels As Kerry Face Tribesmen

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All Ireland Football Quarter Finals

Cork v Mayo

This will be by far the game of the weekend with Mayo having failed to win an All-Ireland in recent times and this Cork side are looking for some redemption to overcome their poor showing so far in this championship.  Getting badly beaten by Kerry in the Munster final and their near miss against Tipperary will give them all the motivation they need to spark an upturn in fortune. Cork may have made into the All-Ireland quarter final stage but they have been far from impressive so far in this year’s championship.  Mayo will certain fancy their chances against the rebels this weekend as they have been far more impressive as the championship has progressed.  Mayo have been doing what is required of them to get to this stage of the championship and have shown some weaknesses in their play particularly in defence and midfield as they haven’t been as prominent as last year. Cork will need to use Paul Kerrigan’s influence once again to link up play between defence and attack and this could result in some problems for the Connacht champions.

Cork have been poor so far in this championship and this is the game that they will judge their championship on. Mayo will likely need to improve around midfield and more so around defence. Cork’s poor showing in the championship and Mayo’s need to perform to the same heights as last year makes this game a hard one to call. Continue reading

GAA: Donegal And Dublin Lift Provincial Titles

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Ulster Senior Football Final

Donegal 0-15 Monaghan 1-9

Donegal are kings of Ulster following a three point win over Monaghan in the Ulster Senior Football Final this afternoon.

Monaghan will be disappointed with their display as they lacked penetration and resorted to kicking hopeless long balls into their forwards whom were completely outnumbered by Donegal defenders.

Donegal showed more enterprise in attack as both sides set up to play quite defensively. Donegal got going quicker and some good scores helped them establish an early lead. Monaghan found it rather difficult to break down Donegal’s defence. Monaghan only managed to get three scores in the opening half as they were reliant on frees and their lack of threat up front allowed Jim McGuinness’ men to lead by two points at the break. Continue reading

GAA: Big Guns To Battle In Provincial Deciders

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Ulster Senior Football Final

Monaghan v Donegal

Monaghan and Donegal are set again to meet in this year’s Ulster Final, a replay of last year’s provincial clash and this year’s division 2. Monaghan have been able to break Donegal’s stronghold in Ulster in the last two years and outside of Dublin and Mayo they have been the only side capable of stopping Jim McGuinness and his team. Monaghan will certainly needed to play with a fierce intensity as they did in last year’s Ulster final but it will be Donegal’s turn to be underdogs this time and this could suit them. Continue reading

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. Continue reading