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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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GAA: Tribesmen Eye Connacht Final

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Connacht Senior Football Championship

Sligo v Galway

Sligo and Galway have both had their dominant spells in the Connacht championship in recent years. Galway have shown they are still a formidable opponent in the Championship despite some poor showings in recent years. Sligo went beyond their expiry date when they last won the Connacht championship. Galway is the team to beat although home advantage is a big factor for Sligo in this game. If Galway can repeat how they played against Cork in last year’s All-Ireland, they would most certainly overcome Sligo this weekend. Continue reading

GAA: Tipperary Outclass Limerick As Antrim Sneak Past Fermanagh

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 2-14

The premier men came out on top as they outclassed their neighbours in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening with goals from Barry Grogan and Philip Austin securing the win.

The game started brightly and Tipperary assumed control when Grogan found the back of the net. Tipp got a great boost from this early goal which helped them stay clear of Limerick for the first half. The premier county led by 1-7 to 0-6 points at the break.

Tipperary then had the best possible of starts to the second half when Philip Austin found the back of the net for their second goal. It seemed like it was going to be a day to forget for the Limerick footballers as they then conceded a penalty to the Division 4 league champions. Luckily the shot was saved by the Limerick keeper to prevent Tipperary putting the game well beyond the treaty county. Limerick got a little consolation towards the end of the game and put some more respectability on the scoreboard when Eoin Hanrahan converted a late penalty, but it was too little too late for the Shannonsiders. Tipperary now march on to face the might of Cork in the Munster Semi-Final. Continue reading

GAA: Visitors Primed For Success On Enemy Territory

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Limerick v Tipperary

The premier county come into this game following an impressive league campaign which saw them win the Division 4 title. Tipp will be confident of overcoming a Limeric side who showed some decent league form this year but they haven’t hit the height of the last decade where they caused some problems for big teams in the Munster championship. Tipperary’s underage successes in the last few years may be coming into play in this game as both sides are well capable of winning this game, home advantage will be a massive advantage for the treaty county but the premier county’s mix of youth and experience should see them overcome their rivals. 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

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

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