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Irish Born Star Looking Forward To Croke Park Classic Homecoming

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Ahead of the inaugural Croke Park Classic, an American Football game between top college sides Penn State and the University of Central Florida at the end of August, we caught up with Irish-born kicker for UCF, Sean Galvin.

Sean Galvin was about fourteen years old when his family left the hometown of Bandon, fully immersed in the traditional GAA ways. “We rivalled Clonakilty and the likes around there. I was always into the hurling. Big into Diarmuid O’Sullivan. Sure he used to work in Bandon there for a while, doing construction work up there. The O’hAilpÌn brothers and Joe Deane and all them, they were my heroes growing up.” He hasn’t lost the accent, either. 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

GAA: Mourne Men Aim To Down Kildare In Qualifiers

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All Ireland football Qualifiers Round 2B

Down v Kildare

Down have progressed well so far in the championship since losing their opening round game of the championship to a replay against Tyrone. Kildare will certainly have to address their issues in defence as if the repeat that performance they will be hammered if this Down side has their football boots on. Down are a side that are inconsistent in some ways but can be team that can be unbeatable at times. Kildare need to dominate possession and need to stop leaking easy scores and they could be in with a shout of winning this match otherwise they will be going down and out of the championship.

Verdict: Down

Carlow v Clare

Carlow host Clare for this Round 2 Championship clash, with both sides having already overcome Waterford in this year’s championship. Carlow will be disappointed that they only won by a single point but Clare on the other hand have been very positive in their victory over Waterford while they also put in a strong showing against Kerry. Clare’s midfield will be crucial and I think they may just have enough to overcome Carlow. Home advantage won’t be enough for Carlow come the final whistle.

Verdict: Clare

Tyrone v Armagh

This will be one of the games of the weekend. These two teams that have dominated the Ulster Championship in the last decade will once again be going to battle.

Tyrone will certainly fancy their chances with home advantage and a strong mobile unit of players at their disposal. Armagh will need to play better and need to tidy up how they tackle their opponents. They will also need to stop conceding frees to the opposition which is keeping them in the game. Armagh will look to the likes of Jamie Clarke for their scores, but Monaghan did a very good defensive job on eliminating his influence in the Armagh attack. Tyrone will be looking at Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh to help them get through this local rivalry.

Verdict: Tyrone

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GAA: Ulster Sides Advance With Qualifier Victories

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers

Cavan 1-15 Westmeath 1-14

Westmeath will be disappointed that they let this game slip from their grasp but Cavan were unwilling to go out of the championship at this stage of the season.

Westmeath were slightly the happier side in the first half as they led courtesy of some good scores by Ger Egan but neither side looked like they were going to pull away in this game. This game never really going to get going until the second half with the pressure to win increasing and the prospect of being knocked out of the championship becoming more evident.

Westmeath seemed to be doing well in the second half and everything seemed to change when Niall McDermott finished off an excellent move to give the Cavan men a much needed boost. Cavan pressed ahead and opened out a big gap between the two sides to give them some breathing space. Westmeath came back at them and ran them very close especially when John Gilligan’s goal brought them right back into this game. Cavan held out in the closing stages of the game and were impressive at crucial points in the game. Cavan earned a hard win by the narrowest of margins. Continue reading

GAA: Ulster Sides Set To Progress In Qualifers

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All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Carlow v Waterford

The deise men will be the visitors to Dr. Cullen Park this weekend on the back of two tough games against Clare in the opening stages of the Championship. Carlow will be looking to move on from their previous outing, where they were humiliated by Meath, losing by a margin of 28 points. Continue reading

GAA: Donegal And Tyrone Advance In Ulster Championship

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Down 0-12 Tyrone 3-11

Tyrone cruised past Down in this weekend’s replay at Pairc Esler. Down have failed to be as consistent as the Ulster rivals from the red hand county and have failed to get passed them on numerous occasions. This particular occasion further cementing the dominance of Mickey Harte’s charges. Down started the game well and were awarded a penalty in the first minute when Conor Maginn was brought down in the box by Justin McMahon. Aidan Carr stepped up to take the penalty for the mourne men, which was saved by Tyrone Goalkeeper Niall Morgan. Tyrone took some encouragement from Morgan’s save and raised their game with them pressing ahead after this and building a lead, with points coming mostly from Ronan O’Neill. Ciaran McGinley got the opening goal of the game as Tyrone really expressed their dominance in the first half and led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break. Continue reading

GAA: Exiles Ready To Shake Things Up In Connacht

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Down v Tyrone

This games sees these two formidable opponents off again in another titanic battle in the North-east with home advantage providing the Ulster champions with the best possible opportunity to overcome Ulster rivals Tyrone. The red hand county will look again to the inspirational Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh to pull this game out of the hat and should be more consistent than the Mourne men. Down will be disappointed that they let the game slip away last time out, with poor discipline in the closing stages costing them victory. Down still have enough potential to turn the game in their favour but they haven’t been a very consistent team in the championship and that alone may cost them. Continue reading