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GAA: Mayo Hold Off Cork As Monaghan Scrape Past Lilywhites

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All-Ireland Quarter Finals

Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15

Mayo held off a resilient Cork side to secure a semi final date with Kerry following a narrow one point win at Croke Park.

The first half started at a slow pace with Mayo wasting a lot of opportunities, as Cork began to settle down more quickly. Cork took the lead with some excellent scores from Brian Hurley in the opening part of the first half. Mayo took longer to find their shooting boots, but when they did get going they got right back into the game. The game was point for point for most of the rest of the first half with a tense atmosphere developing between both sides.

The second half saw Mayo exert some control over the game and they looked like pulling away as they built up some a big lead with great points from Alan Dillon and Andy Moran. Mayo stepped off the gas which allowed the rebels back into the game and the reliable Donnacha O’Connor notched up 1-3 for his side with a superbly well taken goal to reel back the westerners. Mayo remained composed and their patience paid off when Aidan O’Shea rounded the Cork goalie Ken O’Halloran to give Mayo a much needed boost. It was to be tense once more as straight after this Brian Hurley cut through the Mayo cover to blast his shot to the Mayo net to keep the rebels within the game. Mayo seemed a little nerve wrecked after conceding this goal, but they stuck to their task and added some late points to ensure their victory despite some late pressure from Cork. Continue reading

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GAA: Mayo Battle Rebels As Kerry Face Tribesmen

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All Ireland Football Quarter Finals

Cork v Mayo

This will be by far the game of the weekend with Mayo having failed to win an All-Ireland in recent times and this Cork side are looking for some redemption to overcome their poor showing so far in this championship.  Getting badly beaten by Kerry in the Munster final and their near miss against Tipperary will give them all the motivation they need to spark an upturn in fortune. Cork may have made into the All-Ireland quarter final stage but they have been far from impressive so far in this year’s championship.  Mayo will certain fancy their chances against the rebels this weekend as they have been far more impressive as the championship has progressed.  Mayo have been doing what is required of them to get to this stage of the championship and have shown some weaknesses in their play particularly in defence and midfield as they haven’t been as prominent as last year. Cork will need to use Paul Kerrigan’s influence once again to link up play between defence and attack and this could result in some problems for the Connacht champions.

Cork have been poor so far in this championship and this is the game that they will judge their championship on. Mayo will likely need to improve around midfield and more so around defence. Cork’s poor showing in the championship and Mayo’s need to perform to the same heights as last year makes this game a hard one to call. Continue reading

GAA: Cork Cruise Past Sligo As Galway Win Eight Goal Thriller

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers Round 4A

Cork 0-21 Sligo 1-11

Cork made light work of Sligo in Tullamore this weekend to book a place in the All-Ireland quarter finals.

Cork were dominant in most areas of the field as Sligo found it very difficult to breach the Cork defence. Paul Kerrigan was influential for the rebels as he linked up play between defence and attack. Colm O’Neill was also playing well when he scored four points for the rebels in the opening half. Sligo only managed two single scores in the opening half and the task seemed too big for the Connacht side. Continue reading

GAA: Galway And Tipp Set To Battle It Out

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All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 4A

Galway v Tipperary

This will be one of the most interesting games of this year’s championship. Tipperary have improved immensely since last season and with their young talented players coming through they will most certainly be a handful for any county. Galway are also improving and although they lost to a very strong Mayo outfit they are on the right road. Continue reading

GAA: Mayo Win Connacht Title As Tipp Edge Seven Goal Thriller

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Connacht Senior Football Final

Mayo 3-14 Galway 0-16

Mayo continue to dominate in Connacht as they sealed yet another title by defeatign Galway.

Mayo started the half better with some good opening play, their forwards proving particularly menacing. Lee Keegan punched the ball to the net from close range as he was approaching goal. Galway just didn’t seem to have the same composure up front as their neighbours as Mayo finished stronger and led by 1-9 to 0-5 points at the break. Continue reading

GAA: Laois Look To Topple Tipp

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Connacht Senior Football Championship Final

Galway v Mayo

Mayo and Galway battle in the Connacht final once again, this will be a tough hard fought game between both these sides. Mayo have been the dominant force in the last few years in the Connacht championship and have not been really challenged that much except for the exploits of Roscommon. Galway is an improving side in Connacht and their return to the Connacht final is a credit to their young players to help build a more competitive provincial championship. Mayo will still be firm favourites as Galway have a lot to learn and build on as the championship progresses. Mayo will have vastly greater experience than Galway playing at this level at the moment. Mayo will more than likely progress, Galway need to be as competitive as possible as they will face tough opposition regardless of the result. Continue reading

Extra Time Needed If Replays Not Being Covered

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It’s a travesty to say that the G.A.A. have turned down the opportunity to show the Leinster semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Galway. The drawn game last Sunday was an advertisement for what is possible in sport. For Galway to recover from what seemed to be an unassailable Kilkenny lead just shows what this sport is all about. Fat ladies and all that may have been mentioned with ten minutes to the final whistle but no one in their right mind could imagine that she wouldn’t get to sing a note. It’s difficult to work out the reasons for not showing this game live. Do the G.A.A. seriously believe that players will be working the morning of a championship match? That’s one of the reasons John Horan, Chairman of the Leinster Council gave as not to play the game at 2.30, it would be unfair on the players to give up a full Saturday. The fact that Tullamore is a busy town on a Saturday was also taken into consideration for not having the early start. 12,000 plus people attending a match, a negative for a town? Seriously? This year’s Munster championship replay between Cork and Waterford was streamed live on RTE Player instead of television and the resulting coverage was far from ideal, it was a poor effort to say the least. In last years Leinster championship, the semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Dublin was also reduced to internet viewing. The message coming down from the top to grass roots level is to promote the game, promote the game, promote the game and yet when they get a chance themselves, they fail miserably. Continue reading

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