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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: Cavanagh Saves Tyrone As Rossies Dismiss Leitrim

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Tyrone 2-11 Down 3-8

This game started very slowly and looked bound to fall short of the expected high quality championship match as both sides showed no real appetite to play the game for most of the first half. Tyrone were more dominant and sharper in front of goal, but Down were very wasteful with their scoring ability. Tyrone were awarded a controversial penalty when their forward was brought down in the small square, Peter Harte stepped up to convert the penalty for the red hand county. Tyrone comfortably led by 1-5 to 0-3 points at the break. Both sides were guilty of some awful wides in the first half. Continue reading

GAA: The Road To Croker Starts Here

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Tyrone v Down

This will be the first hard fought battle of the championship as the 2010 All-ireland finalist’s look to upset the odds and overcome Tyrone who have had an up and down performance in their league campaign. Down will hope that the experience of playing in an All Ireland final a few years ago will stand to them this weekend as they face a very consistent Tyrone who have been strong contenders in the championship for the last decade. Down need to show that their players are not merely a flash in the pan, they have the ability to put Tyrone to the sword but have failed to impress since their exploits in 2010. Peter Harte will be the driving force for Tyrone, he is their real playmaker and is a thorn in the side for most teams. Tyrone have enough strength in depth to overcome Down this weekend, but never rule out the prospect of an upset. Continue reading

Notorious Cyber Bullying Site Blamed For Another Death

erin-shannon-galla_1139163tA 14-year-old girl English schoolgirl killed herself after being abused by trolls on a social networking site that caused the deaths of two Irish schoolgirls last year.

Hannah Smith died on Friday in in Leicestershire after being cyber-bullied on  ask.fm, which was also responsible for the deaths of Leitrim native Ciara Pugsley (15) and Donegal native Erin Gallagher (13) . Erin’s death was so heartbreaking for her family that it led to her sister Shannon (15) also taking her own life. Continue reading

London Make First Connacht Final Appearance As Donegal Aim For Three In A Row

Connacht Senior Football Final

Mayo v London

London come into this game as underdogs but they have been threatening to pull off a shock victory for a while. London will be looking at players like Lorcan Mulvey and Mark Gottsche help them overcome the power of Mayo. Mayo will be well aware of the threat the exiles possess as they only scraped by them last year. Mayo should win this game without too much trouble. London have done exceptionally well and should enjoy this game at the weekend. I think Mayo will win this game by six or seven points at the final whistle.

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All Ireland SFC: Dublin Prevail Over Meath To Claim Leinster Title

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Dublin 2-15 Meath 0-14

Dublin’s two goals were crucial to their victory over their near neighbours. Meath started the game brightest and were in front for a while, until Paul Flynn scored Dublin opening goal which kickstarted the contest. The two teams were evenly matched for the remainder of the half with the Royal County leading by two points at half time. Both teams had different spells where they dominated in the first half with Dublin dominating for about 15 minutes or so after their goal however Meath revived themselves to lead at half time.  Dublin were beginning to make chances in the second half and a goal by Paul Mannion put Dublin six points in front. They didn’t look like losing the game after this and ran out winners by 2-15 to 0-14. This was Dublin’s first challenge in the championship and they responded well in the second half, despite being behind at half time. Meath will be disappointed as they were well prepared and gave a good display especially in the first half. Dublin claim the Leinster title and now a safe passage to the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals. 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

London Reach Connacht Final

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Connacht Senior football championship

London 2-11 Leitrim 1-12

This was a game of two halves where London dominated the first & Leitrim the second. London started brightly & establishing a 0-7 to 0-1 lead in the first half. A goal by Greg Crowley furthered the dominance from the exiles. A goal by Ciaran McCallion really looked like this game was over as London led by 2-10 to 0-2 at the break but a goal in the second half sparked a Leitrim comeback and they also picked up several frees along the way.
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All Ireland SFC: Provincial Championship Previews

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Cavan v Monaghan

Cavan have all ready beaten Armagh & Fermanagh and have built up a lot of momentum coming into this game, but i feel that they good run will come to an end this weekend. Monaghan won a poor contest against Antrim previously and with Tommy freeman still an influential figure for the Monaghan side they look like can beat Cavan. Cavan have played Continue reading