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All-Ireland SFC: All Roads Lead To Croker

GAA-football-and-hurlAll-Ireland Senior Football Quarter Finals

Cork v Dublin

Dublin come into this game as reigning Leinster champions and are hot favourites to come through this game. All expectations seem to predict a Dublin victory, but Cork won’t lie down. Both sides have played the best football in the second half of their most recent games, so this game should mostly be decided by what should be done over the 70 minutes of play. This is a game were mistakes could prove crucial at the end of the game. Cork are coming into this game after a tough test from Galway. Dublin with forwards like Brogan and Kilkenny have excellent firepower but Cork still have enough potential to match them with players like Kerrigan and Goulding. This will be a very hard game to call come the final whistle.

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Fancied Four Advance To All Ireland Quarter Finals

gaaAll-Ireland Qualifiers Round 4

Cork 1-17 Galway 1-16

Cork claimed victory from the jaws of defeat against the tribesmen at the weekend. Galway looked like they were going to win this game as they dominated the scoreline for majority of the game. Galway must take massive credit for their effort this year to reach the last 12 in the championship and need to build on this for next year. Cork had several chances on goal in the first half but failed to convert any of these. Galway led at half time 0-8 to 0-7 thanks to points mostly from Meehan and Armstrong. Galway were building a lot of momentum in the second half and went five points clear after the break before their lead was reduced by the rebels who refused to lie down in this game. A Cork goal by Aidan Walsh towards the end of the game raised their revival and they went on to win this game. Galway scored a late goal through Michael Meehan who struck his free past several Cork defenders on the goal line to give them one last lifeline in this game, but time was against them as Cork marched into the quarter finals. Continue reading

Race For Sam Maguire Heats Up As Qualifiers Enter Final Stage

samGalway v Cork

Galway will be hoping to improve on their victory over Armagh, with inspiration to come from players like Armstrong, Sice and Meehan. The tribesmen will face an uphill challenge and must improve on their last performance to come out on top in this round 4 qualifier. Cork will be hoping to erase the memory of their Munster final defeat to Kerry. Cork need players like Paul Kerrigan and other players to step up in this game to ensure that they progress. Cork have much more strength in-depth than Galway. The tribesmen have bounced back nicely and seem to be improving after a few of years of silence in the west however it may not be enough.

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GAA Round Up: Monaghan End 25 year Wait

Ulster Senior Football Final

Donegal 0-7 Monaghan 0-13

Monaghan have ended a a 25 year wait to recapture the Ulster Championship as they disposed of reigning All ireland champions Donegal at Clones.

Monaghan were really hungry for this victory and their fierceness in the tackles was immense. Donegal were somewhat shell-shocked at the pace and intensity their opponents brought to this game. Donegal’s first score only arrived five minutes before half time. Monaghan were so dominant in the first half yet they only led by 0-5 to 0-2 at the break. The Farney men pushed on in the second half and extended their lead to five points at one stage. Donegal were trying to revive their situation by attempting to break through the Monaghan cover. Monaghan went six points in front towards the end of the game when Tommy Freeman scored a simple point at the death. Monaghan march on to the All-Ireland Quarter final and can’t get too carried away with this victory. Donegal will now face Laois in the Qualifiers. Continue reading

London Make First Connacht Final Appearance As Donegal Aim For Three In A Row

Connacht Senior Football Final

Mayo v London

London come into this game as underdogs but they have been threatening to pull off a shock victory for a while. London will be looking at players like Lorcan Mulvey and Mark Gottsche help them overcome the power of Mayo. Mayo will be well aware of the threat the exiles possess as they only scraped by them last year. Mayo should win this game without too much trouble. London have done exceptionally well and should enjoy this game at the weekend. I think Mayo will win this game by six or seven points at the final whistle.

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Path To Glory Set As All-Ireland Football Qualifiers Announced

gaaThe draw for Rounds 3 and 4 of the All Ireland Football qualifiers took place yesterday morning. The draws are as follows with round 3 matches to be played next Saturday ,  July 20th . Galway will host Armagh in Pearse Stadium at 5, while Derry will play Cavan in Celtic Park at the same time. Wexford will play at home to Laois at while Kildare will host Tyrone in Newbridge (both 7pm) . Continue reading

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

London Reach Connacht Final

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Connacht Senior football championship

London 2-11 Leitrim 1-12

This was a game of two halves where London dominated the first & Leitrim the second. London started brightly & establishing a 0-7 to 0-1 lead in the first half. A goal by Greg Crowley furthered the dominance from the exiles. A goal by Ciaran McCallion really looked like this game was over as London led by 2-10 to 0-2 at the break but a goal in the second half sparked a Leitrim comeback and they also picked up several frees along the way.
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All-Ireland SFC : Action Heats Up Across The Provinces

Gaelic_football_ballLeinster Senior Football Championship:

Wicklow V Meath

The last time these sides met in the championship last year, Meath secured a victory by a five point winning margin. These sides also met in the national league earlier in the year with Meath being far superior then the garden county. Wicklow were relegated from the league this season while Meath were second in division 3. The Royal county are improving and should be too strong for their Leinster rivals.

Verdict: Meath Continue reading