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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: 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

All Ireland Preview: Who Can Topple The Boys In Blue?

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With the long road to Croker having kick off in earnest, we’ll now take a look at the teams likely to raise Sam Maguire come September.

In Munster, the odds are firmly stacked in Cork and Kerry’s favour. Whoever can emerge from the traditional rivalry will be among the key contenders. It would be hard to see any other side from Munster upsetting this balance, claiming provincial glory outside of this two heavyweights of the game. Home advantage for either side could be a crucial factor on how they progress through the championship. Continue reading

All Ireland SFC Preview: Dublin To Edge Tight Encounter

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A turbulent summer comes to an end this Sunday when two titans clash at headquarters in the All Ireland Final. Their journey to the final has seen them outlast 31 other teams enroute to Croke Park amid a season complimented by numerous historical incidents, ranging from London’s journey to the Connacht Final and Croke Park to the controversial introduction of hawk eye.

But now the dust has settled and only two teams remain, who will take home the illustrious Sam Maguire?

All Ireland SFC Final Preview

Dublin v Mayo

Mayo have failed to win an All Ireland since 1951 and have been coming up short in every final since. However, Mayo have been improving a lot in the last few years and I would expect that they will win All-Ireland between now and 2016, but i don’t think it will happen for them on Sunday in Croke Park.

Dublin have been impressive to date , particularly in the high scoring thriller with the Kingdom which saw them emerge victorious by seven points to claim their place in the All Ireland Final. Mayo need to prevent the Dubs from running riot in Croke Park to stand a chance of ending a 52 year silence in the west.  Mayo will need to punish every mistake their opponents make and need to be ruthless when the opportunity arises. I Still fancy Dublin to score more easily than the westerners because their forwards are more suited to the occasion of winning an All Ireland. The Mayo defence will be given a real test from the direct running style of the Dubs. Dublin should edge this game on the scoreboard.  This game will be fast paced, hard hitting and very physical. Mayo need to show the hunger, desire and passion that they have failed to show in the last number of years, but importantly they need to show something unique to win an All Ireland. Mayo need to be careful in their defence as Dublin will score goals especially with Bernard Brogan back to his best. Possession will be crucial in this game, but Mayo need to convert some simple chances like they failed to do in their previous games, like score a 21 yard free right in front of the post. Dublin will be rock solid when it comes to converting frees and this is one advantage that they have over Mayo.

Mayo have already names their starting fifteen for the final , fielding a team that shows no changes from their semi final victory over Tyrone. Crucially for Mayo manager James Horan he has been able to name top scorer Cillian O’Connor in his starting ranks as the forward has overcome injury.

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has yet to name his team.

Mayo team :  R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, C Barrett; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; A O’Shea, S O’Shea; K McLoughlin, K Higgins, A Dillon; C O’Connor, A Freeman, A Moran (Capt).

Verdict:  Dublin

*Read Danny Morrissey on three key battles which could define Sunday’s final here.*

All-Ireland MFC Final Preview

Mayo v Tyrone

This game will be extremely interesting because you have two very different brands of football being played here. Tyrone will try control the pace of the game and try to keep up with Mayo for most of the game and then turn the game in their favour. I think Mayo will emerge from this game as winners as they have been putting up big scores and have been scoring goals more at will than their northern counterparts. Tyrone have plenty of ability to prevent Mayo from scoring a lot and pulling away in this game. Mayo have shown more promise than previous years with most of their forwards scoring goals. Mayo will need to find the back of the net on Sunday to claim a minor title, something which they haven’t achieved since 1985. Tyrone will keep the game as tight as possible by deploying a structured defensive system , commonly referred to as a blanket defence.  Mayo’s young guns should come through this showdown as they have shown more resolve this year than in previous attempts. This curtain raiser may not set the tone for the senior final but one thing is for sure, the future of Mayo GAA is destined for success.

Verdict:  Mayo

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Fancied Four Advance To All Ireland Quarter Finals

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Cork 1-17 Galway 1-16

Cork claimed victory from the jaws of defeat against the tribesmen at the weekend. Galway looked like they were going to win this game as they dominated the scoreline for majority of the game. Galway must take massive credit for their effort this year to reach the last 12 in the championship and need to build on this for next year. Cork had several chances on goal in the first half but failed to convert any of these. Galway led at half time 0-8 to 0-7 thanks to points mostly from Meehan and Armstrong. Galway were building a lot of momentum in the second half and went five points clear after the break before their lead was reduced by the rebels who refused to lie down in this game. A Cork goal by Aidan Walsh towards the end of the game raised their revival and they went on to win this game. Galway scored a late goal through Michael Meehan who struck his free past several Cork defenders on the goal line to give them one last lifeline in this game, but time was against them as Cork marched into the quarter finals. Continue reading

Race For Sam Maguire Heats Up As Qualifiers Enter Final Stage

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Galway will be hoping to improve on their victory over Armagh, with inspiration to come from players like Armstrong, Sice and Meehan. The tribesmen will face an uphill challenge and must improve on their last performance to come out on top in this round 4 qualifier. Cork will be hoping to erase the memory of their Munster final defeat to Kerry. Cork need players like Paul Kerrigan and other players to step up in this game to ensure that they progress. Cork have much more strength in-depth than Galway. The tribesmen have bounced back nicely and seem to be improving after a few of years of silence in the west however it may not be enough.

Verdict: Cork  Continue reading

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