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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

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Derry Beat Dublin As Mayo End Cork’s Unbeaten Run

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Derry 1-16 Dublin 0-13

Derry started this game well and raced in to an early lead, but Dublin tried to remain in touch with the oakleafers and edged in front mid way through the first half. Derry assumed control for the remainder of the half and pulled away from Dublin, when Mark Lynch found the back of the net to separate the two sides to leave Derry in front by 1-10 to 0-9 points at the break.  Dublin responded by attempting to close the gap with several missed goal opportunities, but it was Derry who never let the lead slip and finished the game strong with points coming from Mark Lynch making sure they collected the two points. beating the All-Ireland Champions on their home patch in the process.

Mayo 4-12 Cork 2-14

Mayo overcame the unbeaten Rebels in what was a high scoring thriller in Castlebar. Cork started this game with a blistering pace, racing into an early lead, it took Mayo a while to settle things down and once they opened their account they got back into this game. Mayo soon took control and surged into the lead with a goal from Jason Doherty giving them a 1-9 to 0-6 advantage.

Mayo and Cork opened the second half by exchanging points, but it was Mayo that stepped up a gear when goals from Alan Freeman and Jason Gibbons gave them a comprehensive lead, that they did not look like losing in the second half. Cork to their credit failed to lie down and John O’Rourke pulled a goal back for the Rebels. The game was over when Mayo got the fourth goal of the afternoon courtesy of Cillian O’Connor. A late goal by Brian Hurley put some respectability on the scoreboard for Cork, as Mayo end Cork’s unbeaten run.

Kildare 0-15 Kerry 2-15

Kerry were the visitors to Newbridge as both sides searched for valuable points. Kildare went ahead early as Kerry failed to settle in to the game, despite having better opportunities in the opening minutes. Kerry eventually got into the game and took control of the midfield with David Moran proving influential. Kildare’s defence were struggling to cope with the Kerry forwards, and a fortuitous goal by Paul Geaney gave Kerry a deserving lead at half time. Kerry had several opportunities to extend their lead but had to settle for a half time scoreline of 1-10 to 0-9.

Kerry pushed ahead in the second half and when James O’Donoghue got Kerry’s second goal it seemed an uphill battle for the Lilywhites. Kildare closed the gap to six points, but never really troubled the Kingdom in front of goal and at times lacked pace and the ability to penetrate the opposition defence.

Tyrone 2-23 Westmeath 1-12

Tyrone put their poor performance last weekend behind them as they hammered Westmeath. The first half was an even affair as they both traded points leaving Tyrone in front at half time by a single point.

The second half would be their key focal point and they didn’t wish for a repeat of what happened last weekend against the Kingdom.  Tyrone started mounting up the points and although Westmeath got a goal from Ray Connellan, Tyrone never panicked and stuck at the task at hand. Tyrone soon found the net themselves as Ronan O’Neill and Sean Cavanagh put daylight between the teams as Tyrone made up for last weekend’s disappointment.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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