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Posts Tagged ‘ Gaelic Football ’

News In Brief: Point Renamed Again As Crow Reigns Terror On Louth

Caw Caw! (image: imperialmocha.deviantart.com)

Caw Caw! (image: imperialmocha.deviantart.com)

Another week, another cacophony of news -“Caw-caw” being the operative sound. Remember those sinister seagulls a few weeks ago? Ruining the height of summer with their antisocial behaviour? It’s not over yet, the birds are back.

There’s a crazy crow on the loose in Louth. Apparently, unlike the gulls this crow is a lone operator picking on dogs and the vulnerable as well as annoying everyone by pecking at kitchen windows. Perhaps we should give the fowl a minute, he might be trying to tell us something! Continue reading

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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: Dubs And Meath Seek To Reignite Rivalry

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan v Armagh

The orchard county were comfortable winners over Cavan last time out but will face a different type of opposition this weekend. Monaghan will again aim to make it to the Ulster final and have the potential to overturn this Armagh side. These two sides haven’t played each other in the championship for some time, but you would expect that recent form would put the Ulster champions as firm favourites to come out on top. Armagh will need to show something rather unique and more dynamic if they are to overcome Monaghan.

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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

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 : Waterford And Clare Set To Lock Horns Again

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan v Tyrone

This is a very intriguing clash as both ssides possess interesting styles of play. Tyrone have been one of the most dominant and consistent teams in recent years and are giving their younger players the massive experience of playing against the best sides on the island. You only have to look at players like Darren McCurry to realise that they have potential. Monaghan on the other hand are Ulster champions and if they can repeat the way they played in the Ulster final last year against Donegal, they will most certainly come out on top. This is one of the hardest games to call this year as both sides are improving but I think if Monaghan are ready to play like that again they could win, if not Tyrone will march onwards. Continue reading

GAA: All Ireland Champions Set To Be Unlaoised On Leinster

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Armagh v Cavan

Cavan are the visitors to the orchard county for their opening game of the championship and with their impressive hard working exploits last year this is a game that will undoubtedly appeal to most viewers. Armagh hasn’t really shone as bright in recent years but can still be a tricky assignment for any side travelling to their home patch. Cavan’s work rate and ability to take unlikely scores at times can prove to be an influential factor this weekend.

Verdict: Cavan

Connacht Senior Football Championship

Roscommon v Mayo

Mayo have been in this position before and are well aware of the task of over-coming Roscommon in Connacht. Roscommon have been living in the shadow of their western counterparts in the last few years but could well pull off a surprise victory. It would still be unlikely for Mayo to let their guard down so early in the Championship so all signs lead to a green and red victory. Continue reading

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