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14 Man Derry Overcome Mayo As Dublin Comeback Stuns Rebels

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Derry and Dublin both emerged victorious from this weekend’s semi finals to set up a pulsating national league final in two weeks time.

Derry 2-15 Mayo 1-16

Mayo started this game well, showing solidity at the back while establishing an early lead but Derry would have the final say. Derry pegged back their opponents despite some poor handling errors from their forwards as Cailean O’Boyle slotted the ball into the net. Mayo soon regained their composure as Andy Moran pulled a goal back. A challenge in the lead up to Moran’s goal resulted in the oakleafers being reduced to 14 players as Fergal Doherty received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. However, despite the sending off and Mayo having an extra player to their advantage, it was Derry who dominated the remainder of the half to establish a single point lead at half time. Continue reading

GAA: Rampant Cork Hammer Kerry While Dublin Hold Off Tyrone

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Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-18

This game was really a benchmark for their likely encounter in the Munster championship in the coming weeks ahead with a strong second half performance ensuring that their was no doubt who was the better side on the day.

Kerry and Cork both started well and exchanged early scores at a time when it seemed the rebels would get on top. Cork seemed slightly better at half time edging in front, both sides registered goals, with Paul Geaney finding the net for Kerry before Paul Kerrigan restored the lead for Cork, who led by a point at half time.

Cork seemed to raise their game in the second half and when Kerrigan found space, he setup Colm O’Neill who slammed the ball home to give Cork a nine point lead. Cork continued to push on and ran out deserving winners on a score of 2-18 to 1-11. Continue reading

All Ireland Final Preview : 3 Key Battles

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Ahead of this weekend’s All Ireland Final  (full preview available here) , Danny Morrissey looks at three key areas in which the success of Dublin or Mayo will hinge on.

1.       Midfield

The midfield contest is somewhere I’m sure James Horan and selectors of Mayo will have looked at and will be hoping to dominate if they are to be successful come Sunday. Aidan and Seamus O’Shea in my opinion shade the Cavanagh brothers as the best midfield pairing in the country and are a large part of the Mayo success train. The Dubs will match these guys up with Michael Darragh MacAuley and one from Cian O’Sullivan or David Bastick. This part of the field is where I feel Mayo hold the real edge. No disrespect to the Dublin trio but this is possibly Dublin’s weak area with Meath earlier in the year more than matching up and dominating for periods in the middle. Kerry with an average midfield nearly had enough last time out too with the Dublin midfield at no point this year dominating this section of the field. Mayo will try and pressurise Stephen Cluxton in goal to avoid any short kick-outs and go long where the O Shea’s will want it up in the sky. Yes MacAuley is a good fetcher of the football and the others hard workers but if the O’Shea brothers keep up their fabulous form to date they will dominate here which might enhance Ciaran Kilkenny , the Dublin fulcrum of attack at 11 , back into the middle to help out thus reducing their attacking threat.

Either way I’m sure Mayo will have looked at the way Meath approached and had success in the early part of their game against Dublin and hope to emulate that. For Jim Gavin and Dublin they will hope their midfield pairing will rise to the occasion and put in their best performance to-date, something that will be required and more to nullify the threat the O’Shea brothers will bring come Sunday. Whatever way it unfolds the outcome of Sam will very much hinge on the dominance here. Continue reading