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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: 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

All Ireland SFC: Dublin Prevail Over Meath To Claim Leinster Title

Tyrone v Dublin - GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-FinalLeinster Senior Football Final

Dublin 2-15 Meath 0-14

Dublin’s two goals were crucial to their victory over their near neighbours. Meath started the game brightest and were in front for a while, until Paul Flynn scored Dublin opening goal which kickstarted the contest. The two teams were evenly matched for the remainder of the half with the Royal County leading by two points at half time. Both teams had different spells where they dominated in the first half with Dublin dominating for about 15 minutes or so after their goal however Meath revived themselves to lead at half time.  Dublin were beginning to make chances in the second half and a goal by Paul Mannion put Dublin six points in front. They didn’t look like losing the game after this and ran out winners by 2-15 to 0-14. This was Dublin’s first challenge in the championship and they responded well in the second half, despite being behind at half time. Meath will be disappointed as they were well prepared and gave a good display especially in the first half. Dublin claim the Leinster title and now a safe passage to the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals. Continue reading

Four GAA Players To Watch Out For In 2013

Seanie Johnston kicks a point 15/7/2012The Allianz Football Leagues starts in early February and the GAA community is eagerly awaiting its return. Donegal’s rise to prominence in recent seasons culminating in last September’s All-Ireland success has given other counties belief and impetus to push on and look for honours this season. Attendances were high in the provincial warm-up competitions this January and there is a genuine excitement among players and fans alike heading into the Allianz National Football League. Continue reading