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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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Leinster GAA: Dublin, Kildare And Wexford Advance

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Leinster Senior Football Championship

Dublin 2-21 Laois 0-16

Laois were the visitors to Croke Park this past weekend and certainly rattled Dublin feathers with a strong first half performance before the reigning All Ireland champions mounted a game winning comeback.

Laois controlled the first half with Ross Munnelly and Donie Kingston in excellent form while goalkeeper Graham Brody kept Jim Gavin’s side at bay.  Their cause was further boosted when Bernard Brogan left the play with an injury. Laois proved consistent with their point taking and would head in to half time two points clear of their opponents, thanks in large part to Brody, the post and the crossbar. Continue reading

GAA: Dublin And Monaghan Secure League Glory

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Allianz National Football League Division 1 Final

Dublin 3-19 Derry 1-10

Dublin blitz Derry aside with second half goals from Kevin McManamon, Diarmuid Connolly and Bernard Brogan.

The first half started at a slow pace although Derry surprised most with an early goal when Cailean O’Boyle was setup for a tidy finish to the Dublin net. Despite this Dublin got several free flowing points to completely pull away from the oakleafers as Derry remained scoreless for a long period in the first half.  Dublin seemed to step off the pace a little towards the end of the half as they found it difficult to break down Derry’s defence and had to go laterally across the pitch to make some headway going forward. It took Derry a long time to settle down, but they did show they possessed as much of a goal threat as the Dubs. Continue reading

14 Man Derry Overcome Mayo As Dublin Comeback Stuns Rebels

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Derry and Dublin both emerged victorious from this weekend’s semi finals to set up a pulsating national league final in two weeks time.

Derry 2-15 Mayo 1-16

Mayo started this game well, showing solidity at the back while establishing an early lead but Derry would have the final say. Derry pegged back their opponents despite some poor handling errors from their forwards as Cailean O’Boyle slotted the ball into the net. Mayo soon regained their composure as Andy Moran pulled a goal back. A challenge in the lead up to Moran’s goal resulted in the oakleafers being reduced to 14 players as Fergal Doherty received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. However, despite the sending off and Mayo having an extra player to their advantage, it was Derry who dominated the remainder of the half to establish a single point lead at half time. Continue reading

GAA: Rampant Cork Hammer Kerry While Dublin Hold Off Tyrone

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Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-18

This game was really a benchmark for their likely encounter in the Munster championship in the coming weeks ahead with a strong second half performance ensuring that their was no doubt who was the better side on the day.

Kerry and Cork both started well and exchanged early scores at a time when it seemed the rebels would get on top. Cork seemed slightly better at half time edging in front, both sides registered goals, with Paul Geaney finding the net for Kerry before Paul Kerrigan restored the lead for Cork, who led by a point at half time.

Cork seemed to raise their game in the second half and when Kerrigan found space, he setup Colm O’Neill who slammed the ball home to give Cork a nine point lead. Cork continued to push on and ran out deserving winners on a score of 2-18 to 1-11. Continue reading

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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Leinster SFC: Dublin & Kildare Progress

McGeeneyKieran_CelebratesKildare 0-19 Offaly 1-12

Offaly started the game brightly with a fine point by Niall McNamee. Kildare replied with points from Paul Cribbin, Eoin O’Flaherty & Johnny Doyle from a free to put Kildare 0-3 points to one up. Offaly levelled the game with scores from Ken Casey & Niall McNamee. Offaly were playing exceptionally well in the first half and were taking the game to their opponents.  Both teams exchanged further points to make the score Kildare 0-7 0-6 Offaly before Kildare pulled away towards half time with points from O’Flaherty (2) and Kelly giving the Lilywhites a three point lead at the break. Continue reading

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