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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

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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

News In Brief: Stage The Concert For Br**ks Sake

Putin's reportedly a BIG fan of Brooks (image: ndtv.com)

Putin’s reportedly a BIG fan of Brooks (image: ndtv.com)

It hasn’t been a great week for Ireland, what with, you know “the thing” but we’re not talking about that. Not a word. Thank God for NIB your Garth free news source- bugger.

Anyway, up North where residents are busy preparing for the 12th (i.e. locking the doors and turning up the telly) a Christian bakery has been upsetting people almost as much as, ahem, B****s. Ashers bakery came under fire for refusing to make a cake featuring popular Sesame Street stars Bert and Ernie with a slogan for a gay rights campaign group. They must really hate Sesame Street. Continue reading

GAA: Kerry Annihilate Rebels On Leeside To Claim Munster Title

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Munster Senior Football Championship Final

Cork 0-12 Kerry 0-24

Kerry earned the bragging rights in Munster as they defeated fierce rivals Cork to lift the Munster title on enemy territory.

Cork got off the mark quickly with two decent scores from Aidan Walsh and Daniel Goulding giving them the opening scores of the game. The Kingdom soon settled into the game and got in front with a strong performance from James O’Donoghue as well as good play from Paul Geaney and Bryan Sheehan. Kerry established a comfortable 0-13 point to 0-5 lead over the rebels at the break. Cork would have been disappointed with their opening half performance as they were reliant on frees for most of their scores.

The home supporters were hoping for a change in fortunes for the rebels in the second half but it was not going to be as Kerry pressed home their advantage with further points from Sheehan and O’Donoghue. Cork will need to go back to the drawing board and figure out why they failed to perform and be anyway competitive in this game. Kerry will need to face a real tough test before the play the likes of Mayo or Dublin in the Championship as this game didn’t challenge them. Kerry cruise past Cork winning by a massive twelve points in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan 1-18 Armagh 1-13

Monaghan sealed their passage into the Ulster final with a replay victory over Armagh in Clones.

Monaghan started the game brightly and seemed to be building a nice lead without too much trouble. Armagh soon found the net when Tony Kernan setup Aidan Forker whose shot came of the post and was finished to the net by Aaron Findon. Monaghan recovered well after conceding this early goal and assumed complete control of the game in first half. Conor McManus was in fine form for the farney men and just before half time he struck to give his side their opening goal of the game. Monaghan were leading by 1-8 to 1-4 at the break.

Monaghan continued the second half as they built up a comprehensive lead and seemed to be pulling away from the Armagh men. Armagh did have a spell of dominance midway through the half with some decent scores cut the gap between the sides. It didn’t last long however as Monaghan went to close out the game and put the game well beyond Armagh. Conor McManus was influential in his sides victory with a crucial goal just before half time. Monaghan advance to meet Donegal in the Ulster final once again, as Armagh now face the task of Tyrone in the qualifiers.

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GAA: Leinster Sides Llikely To Progress In Qualifiers

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All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Limerick v Antrim

The Saffrons visit the Gaelic Grounds this weekend as they seek to progress into the next phase of the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Limerick will be disappointed at going down at the hands of Tipperary while Antrim made some good progress in Ulster until they were blown away by Donegal. Antrim need to be far more consistent than they have been, coupled with a poor league performance this year and only a few glimpses of excellent play, the shannonsiders will certainly be the favourites to progress on home soil. Continue reading

GAA Qualifiers: Backdoor Route Opens Up

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All Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers

Derry v Longford

Longford will be disappointed at the way they exited the Leinster Championship at the hands of Wexford, Derry on the other hand should be well rested as they had plenty time to recover from their defeat to Donegal earlier in the season. Derry have a very strong midfield presence and that coupled with some good forward play will prove decisive. Longford may depend too heavily on the exploits of Paul Barden for scores. Continue reading

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