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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

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

Hurling New Guns, Not So New

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The 2013 hurling championship has already been written as one of the best in years. The media pumped it up for all it was worth. Clare managed to claim the title after two attempts against Cork and all was well in the G.A.A. world. A sigh of relief from the organisation, Kilkenny not only didn’t win the All Ireland but they weren’t even involved at the semi-final stage. The interest from the rest of the country could return, the game was in danger of being monopolised by one county. I have read with interest, hurling articles, over the past few months. The ‘old guard’ were being replaced. The ‘old guard’ seemingly, according to most columnists are Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary. Continue reading

Cavan, Cork And Offaly Claim All Ireland Success

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Ladies All-Ireland Senior Football Final

Cork 1-10 Monaghan 1-9

This All Ireland final began with both teams exchanging points yet it would be Cork who would eventually come out on top in this encounter.

Cork were buoyed by the performance of Valerie Mulcahy who helped bring the coveted trophy back to Leeside. Mulcahy’s point taking ability was flawless while she also scored a brilliant individual goal to give Cork a healthy lead.

Her contribution was crucial , helping Cork establish a 1-6 to 0-6 lead at half time.

The Ulster side got into their stride with a brilliant second half. They were helped when Cork gifted them a penalty which Monaghan goalkeeper Linda Martin duly converted to put the Farney county in front.  Monaghan then dominated for a spell as Cork couldn’t hold onto the possession.

Cork eventually got back into this game to level matters with a few minutes to go before a late free from Mulcahy gave the rebels a single point victory to claim their 8th All Ireland title.

Ladies All-Ireland Intermediate Football Final

Cavan 1-14 Tipperary 1-12

Tipperary started this game brightly and raced into an early  three-point lead, but Cavan clawed their way back to level the game at three points a piece.  A goal by Mairead Morrissey gave Tipperary the lead once more, although Cavan reduced the Tipperary lead to a single point at half time (Tipperary 1-7 Cavan 0-9)

Both sides exchanged points in the second half but a late converted penalty by Bronagh Sheridan proved to be winning score for the Cavan , who claim their first All Ireland title.

Ladies All-Ireland Junior Football Final

Offaly 2-11 Wexford 0-12

A brace of goals from Mairead Daly gave the Offaly their first All Ireland Junior title on Sunday in Croke Park.

The sides were evenly matched in the opening stages of this game. Offaly led by 0-7 to 0-4 at the break, but Wexford came back strong to get within a single point of the midlanders. Daly’s first goal secured Offaly’s lead by 1-7 to 0-8 mid way through the second half.  Wexford for their credit kept battling but Daly made sure of victory when her second goal found the back of the Wexford net.

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The Quest For Liam McCarthy – The Story So Far

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aJust a few days until the All-Ireland quarter-finals and as six teams becomes four we take a look at the championship so far and the winners and losers.

Winners

The real winners thus far in the championship has been the supporters who have been treated to possibly the best championship for entertainment and quality for many years. The qualifiers have provided games never seen in this format before and in both provincial championships we have seen the odds upset. Continue reading

Cork Prevail As Kilkenny Narrowly Survive Dublin Scare

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In windy conditions on Sunday afternoon Cork outmuscled and outfought Clare to advance to the Munster Final where they will pit their wits with Limerick. Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half Cork worked tirelessly to close down Clare and ensure they kept in touch going in at half time. Clare suffered an early setback with injury to star attacker John Conlon but that doesn’t excuse the fact that their forwards didn’t fire on the day. In the first half they had four goal chances and took none of them each time giving the Cork team added fuel to their tank. Credit to Cork they never let Clare settle and unsettled them with constant pressure. Cork went in at half time three points behind but knowing they had the breeze in the second and vitally came out and from the thrown-in they brought the intensity. Cork scored a few early accurate points to increase their confidence and put the wind behind their sails. Clare were now chasing the game and needed somebody or a few leaders to step forward. Alas nobody did with wasteful passing and inaccurate shooting now common in their game as Cork grew in stature. All of Cork’s forwards scored from play as did subs Coughlan and Cronin and together they worked well as a unit with debutant Seamus Harnedy very impressive at centre-forward. Continue reading