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GAA: Tipperary Run Riot While Laois Edge Through

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers

Tipperary 2-17 Longford 0-6

Tipperary continued their march to Croker with a comprehensive win over Longford, who failed to reproduce the form that saw them edge past Derry.

Tipperary got off to the best possible of starts when Michael Quinlivan finished to the net after some good play from George Hannigan. Tipperary were in control and extended their lead to 1-8 to 0-4 at the break. The second half was really all about Tipperary with a second goal being fisted to the net by Peter Acheson giving them a very comprehensive lead as it dawned on Longford that they had no way back. Longford will be very disappointed as they really failed to turn up and play to their best, but they were never really in this game from the start. Tipperary on the other hand have improved and with members of  their All-Ireland winning minor team of 2011 now on the panel they are a force to be reckoned with. Tipperary big winners here by 2-17 to 0-6. Continue reading

GAA: Leinster Sides Llikely To Progress In Qualifiers

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All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Limerick v Antrim

The Saffrons visit the Gaelic Grounds this weekend as they seek to progress into the next phase of the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Limerick will be disappointed at going down at the hands of Tipperary while Antrim made some good progress in Ulster until they were blown away by Donegal. Antrim need to be far more consistent than they have been, coupled with a poor league performance this year and only a few glimpses of excellent play, the shannonsiders will certainly be the favourites to progress on home soil. Continue reading

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

Leinster GAA: Dublin, Kildare And Wexford Advance

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Leinster Senior Football Championship

Dublin 2-21 Laois 0-16

Laois were the visitors to Croke Park this past weekend and certainly rattled Dublin feathers with a strong first half performance before the reigning All Ireland champions mounted a game winning comeback.

Laois controlled the first half with Ross Munnelly and Donie Kingston in excellent form while goalkeeper Graham Brody kept Jim Gavin’s side at bay.  Their cause was further boosted when Bernard Brogan left the play with an injury. Laois proved consistent with their point taking and would head in to half time two points clear of their opponents, thanks in large part to Brody, the post and the crossbar. 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

GAA: Laois, Longford And Louth Advance

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Leinster Senior Football Championship

Westmeath 1-9 Louth 1-14

Louth were the visitors to the Westmeath this weekend with both sides having a rather poor league performance earlier in the year. Westmeath and Louth both started very slowly but it was Westmeath who got the opening scores of the game, establishing an early three point lead, it failed to last long however as Louth began to express their dominance. Louth soon went ahead and showed more interest despite both sides playing more defensively than being more attack minded about the game. Louth led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break. 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

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

Hurling Championship Comes Alive

If people didn’t already know it they certainly know it now, the 2013 National Hurling Championship is alive, kicking and well underway.

The three scheduled games over the weekend gave us everything the neutral could want this weekend. The “end-to-end draw”, “the nearly upset but brave & gutsy effort” and “the upset”. Continue reading

Cup Finals Top Hurling Agenda

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Offaly v Kilkenny

Offaly will compete well in this game and will test the All-Ireland Champions Kilkenny. It is hard to see Kilkenny losing this encounter at this stage of the championship and they should be too strong for Offaly.

Verdict: Kilkenny Continue reading