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GAA: Big Guns To Battle In Provincial Deciders


Ulster Senior Football Final

Monaghan v Donegal

Monaghan and Donegal are set again to meet in this year’s Ulster Final, a replay of last year’s provincial clash and this year’s division 2. Monaghan have been able to break Donegal’s stronghold in Ulster in the last two years and outside of Dublin and Mayo they have been the only side capable of stopping Jim McGuinness and his team. Monaghan will certainly needed to play with a fierce intensity as they did in last year’s Ulster final but it will be Donegal’s turn to be underdogs this time and this could suit them. Continue reading


GAA: Mourne Men Aim To Down Kildare In Qualifiers


All Ireland football Qualifiers Round 2B

Down v Kildare

Down have progressed well so far in the championship since losing their opening round game of the championship to a replay against Tyrone. Kildare will certainly have to address their issues in defence as if the repeat that performance they will be hammered if this Down side has their football boots on. Down are a side that are inconsistent in some ways but can be team that can be unbeatable at times. Kildare need to dominate possession and need to stop leaking easy scores and they could be in with a shout of winning this match otherwise they will be going down and out of the championship.

Verdict: Down

Carlow v Clare

Carlow host Clare for this Round 2 Championship clash, with both sides having already overcome Waterford in this year’s championship. Carlow will be disappointed that they only won by a single point but Clare on the other hand have been very positive in their victory over Waterford while they also put in a strong showing against Kerry. Clare’s midfield will be crucial and I think they may just have enough to overcome Carlow. Home advantage won’t be enough for Carlow come the final whistle.

Verdict: Clare

Tyrone v Armagh

This will be one of the games of the weekend. These two teams that have dominated the Ulster Championship in the last decade will once again be going to battle.

Tyrone will certainly fancy their chances with home advantage and a strong mobile unit of players at their disposal. Armagh will need to play better and need to tidy up how they tackle their opponents. They will also need to stop conceding frees to the opposition which is keeping them in the game. Armagh will look to the likes of Jamie Clarke for their scores, but Monaghan did a very good defensive job on eliminating his influence in the Armagh attack. Tyrone will be looking at Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh to help them get through this local rivalry.

Verdict: Tyrone

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GAA: Kerry Annihilate Rebels On Leeside To Claim Munster Title


Munster Senior Football Championship Final

Cork 0-12 Kerry 0-24

Kerry earned the bragging rights in Munster as they defeated fierce rivals Cork to lift the Munster title on enemy territory.

Cork got off the mark quickly with two decent scores from Aidan Walsh and Daniel Goulding giving them the opening scores of the game. The Kingdom soon settled into the game and got in front with a strong performance from James O’Donoghue as well as good play from Paul Geaney and Bryan Sheehan. Kerry established a comfortable 0-13 point to 0-5 lead over the rebels at the break. Cork would have been disappointed with their opening half performance as they were reliant on frees for most of their scores.

The home supporters were hoping for a change in fortunes for the rebels in the second half but it was not going to be as Kerry pressed home their advantage with further points from Sheehan and O’Donoghue. Cork will need to go back to the drawing board and figure out why they failed to perform and be anyway competitive in this game. Kerry will need to face a real tough test before the play the likes of Mayo or Dublin in the Championship as this game didn’t challenge them. Kerry cruise past Cork winning by a massive twelve points in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan 1-18 Armagh 1-13

Monaghan sealed their passage into the Ulster final with a replay victory over Armagh in Clones.

Monaghan started the game brightly and seemed to be building a nice lead without too much trouble. Armagh soon found the net when Tony Kernan setup Aidan Forker whose shot came of the post and was finished to the net by Aaron Findon. Monaghan recovered well after conceding this early goal and assumed complete control of the game in first half. Conor McManus was in fine form for the farney men and just before half time he struck to give his side their opening goal of the game. Monaghan were leading by 1-8 to 1-4 at the break.

Monaghan continued the second half as they built up a comprehensive lead and seemed to be pulling away from the Armagh men. Armagh did have a spell of dominance midway through the half with some decent scores cut the gap between the sides. It didn’t last long however as Monaghan went to close out the game and put the game well beyond Armagh. Conor McManus was influential in his sides victory with a crucial goal just before half time. Monaghan advance to meet Donegal in the Ulster final once again, as Armagh now face the task of Tyrone in the qualifiers.

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GAA: Tipperary Run Riot While Laois Edge Through


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: Cork And Kerry Set For Munster Decider


Munster Senior Football Championship

Cork V Kerry

The famous and greatest rivalry in the GAA renews again this weekend as Cork and Kerry battling it out for the Munster Championship. This will be one of the best games of the year with a close contest between the sides always expected. Kerry have been plagued with injuries this season, especially with the absence of Colm Cooper who has been an influential figure for Kerry in recent years. Continue reading

GAA: Leinster Sides Llikely To Progress In Qualifiers


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: Ulster Sides Advance With Qualifier Victories


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