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GAA: Ulster Sides Set To Progress In Qualifers

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All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Carlow v Waterford

The deise men will be the visitors to Dr. Cullen Park this weekend on the back of two tough games against Clare in the opening stages of the Championship. Carlow will be looking to move on from their previous outing, where they were humiliated by Meath, losing by a margin of 28 points. Continue reading

GAA: Exiles Ready To Shake Things Up In Connacht

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Down v Tyrone

This games sees these two formidable opponents off again in another titanic battle in the North-east with home advantage providing the Ulster champions with the best possible opportunity to overcome Ulster rivals Tyrone. The red hand county will look again to the inspirational Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh to pull this game out of the hat and should be more consistent than the Mourne men. Down will be disappointed that they let the game slip away last time out, with poor discipline in the closing stages costing them victory. Down still have enough potential to turn the game in their favour but they haven’t been a very consistent team in the championship and that alone may cost them. Continue reading

Derry Beat Dublin As Mayo End Cork’s Unbeaten Run

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Derry 1-16 Dublin 0-13

Derry started this game well and raced in to an early lead, but Dublin tried to remain in touch with the oakleafers and edged in front mid way through the first half. Derry assumed control for the remainder of the half and pulled away from Dublin, when Mark Lynch found the back of the net to separate the two sides to leave Derry in front by 1-10 to 0-9 points at the break.  Dublin responded by attempting to close the gap with several missed goal opportunities, but it was Derry who never let the lead slip and finished the game strong with points coming from Mark Lynch making sure they collected the two points. beating the All-Ireland Champions on their home patch in the process.

Mayo 4-12 Cork 2-14

Mayo overcame the unbeaten Rebels in what was a high scoring thriller in Castlebar. Cork started this game with a blistering pace, racing into an early lead, it took Mayo a while to settle things down and once they opened their account they got back into this game. Mayo soon took control and surged into the lead with a goal from Jason Doherty giving them a 1-9 to 0-6 advantage.

Mayo and Cork opened the second half by exchanging points, but it was Mayo that stepped up a gear when goals from Alan Freeman and Jason Gibbons gave them a comprehensive lead, that they did not look like losing in the second half. Cork to their credit failed to lie down and John O’Rourke pulled a goal back for the Rebels. The game was over when Mayo got the fourth goal of the afternoon courtesy of Cillian O’Connor. A late goal by Brian Hurley put some respectability on the scoreboard for Cork, as Mayo end Cork’s unbeaten run.

Kildare 0-15 Kerry 2-15

Kerry were the visitors to Newbridge as both sides searched for valuable points. Kildare went ahead early as Kerry failed to settle in to the game, despite having better opportunities in the opening minutes. Kerry eventually got into the game and took control of the midfield with David Moran proving influential. Kildare’s defence were struggling to cope with the Kerry forwards, and a fortuitous goal by Paul Geaney gave Kerry a deserving lead at half time. Kerry had several opportunities to extend their lead but had to settle for a half time scoreline of 1-10 to 0-9.

Kerry pushed ahead in the second half and when James O’Donoghue got Kerry’s second goal it seemed an uphill battle for the Lilywhites. Kildare closed the gap to six points, but never really troubled the Kingdom in front of goal and at times lacked pace and the ability to penetrate the opposition defence.

Tyrone 2-23 Westmeath 1-12

Tyrone put their poor performance last weekend behind them as they hammered Westmeath. The first half was an even affair as they both traded points leaving Tyrone in front at half time by a single point.

The second half would be their key focal point and they didn’t wish for a repeat of what happened last weekend against the Kingdom.  Tyrone started mounting up the points and although Westmeath got a goal from Ray Connellan, Tyrone never panicked and stuck at the task at hand. Tyrone soon found the net themselves as Ronan O’Neill and Sean Cavanagh put daylight between the teams as Tyrone made up for last weekend’s disappointment.

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International Rules: Ireland Could Annihilate The Aussies

Michael Murphy named as Ireland Captain

International Rules Series 2013

Ireland v Australia

This is a game that has sparked fierce debate over the last few years primarily in relation to fighting and the tough nature of some incidents in this fixture. The Australians are sending an all indigenous team to take on the Irish in Breffni Park in County Cavan this Saturday.

Over the last few years the visitors tend to fare better than their counterparts but I think this series needs to be entertaining and some worth watching rather than players throwing punches or unneccessary incidents which could lead to this game being scrapped altogether.  I would fancy the Irish lads to be more skilful than the Aussies, but they must not let the nature of the Australian type tackle ruin this fixture. Continue reading

Irish International Rules Panel Announced

Michael Murphy named as Ireland Captain

Irish International Rules manager Paul Earley has confirmed his provisional panel for the upcoming International Rules series with Australia to be played in Cavan and Dublin on October 19 and 26 respectively.

Mayo have the largest single representation on the panel with four followed by Cork, Donegal, Laois and All-Ireland champions Dublin who all have three each.

In total, 15 counties are represented on a panel of 29 that is expected to be cut back next week ahead of the opening test at Kingspan Breffni Park. 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

GAA : Mayo Primed For Minor And Senior Football Success

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All Ireland SFC Semi- Final

Mayo v Tyrone

Mayo have been very impressive throughout the championship this year with impressive results over Donegal and their Connacht rivals. Tyrone on the other hand seem like a team that don’t go away easily with good results over Kildare, Meath and Ulster champions Monaghan. Continue reading

All Ireland SFC: Dublin Progress As Mayo Annihilate Donegal

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Mayo 4-17 Donegal 1-10

Mayo annihilated reigning All-Ireland champions Donegal in Croke Park yesterday by a huge scoreline.

Early goals by O’Connor and Vaughan set the tone for this game as Mayo were hammering home their intention of beating the champions. Mayo never let up in this game and this game was over as a contest early on. Mayo led 2-10 to 0-4 at the break and Donegal had no real reply to Mayo’s ruthlessness in front of goal. The second half was beginning to turn into a nightmare for Donegal as O’Connor sealed his hat trick. Mayo got further goals in the second half to put an end to Donegal’s reign as all Ireland Champions and set up a semi final date with Tyrone. Continue reading

Fancied Four Advance To All Ireland Quarter Finals

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Cork 1-17 Galway 1-16

Cork claimed victory from the jaws of defeat against the tribesmen at the weekend. Galway looked like they were going to win this game as they dominated the scoreline for majority of the game. Galway must take massive credit for their effort this year to reach the last 12 in the championship and need to build on this for next year. Cork had several chances on goal in the first half but failed to convert any of these. Galway led at half time 0-8 to 0-7 thanks to points mostly from Meehan and Armstrong. Galway were building a lot of momentum in the second half and went five points clear after the break before their lead was reduced by the rebels who refused to lie down in this game. A Cork goal by Aidan Walsh towards the end of the game raised their revival and they went on to win this game. Galway scored a late goal through Michael Meehan who struck his free past several Cork defenders on the goal line to give them one last lifeline in this game, but time was against them as Cork marched into the quarter finals. Continue reading

Race For Sam Maguire Heats Up As Qualifiers Enter Final Stage

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Galway will be hoping to improve on their victory over Armagh, with inspiration to come from players like Armstrong, Sice and Meehan. The tribesmen will face an uphill challenge and must improve on their last performance to come out on top in this round 4 qualifier. Cork will be hoping to erase the memory of their Munster final defeat to Kerry. Cork need players like Paul Kerrigan and other players to step up in this game to ensure that they progress. Cork have much more strength in-depth than Galway. The tribesmen have bounced back nicely and seem to be improving after a few of years of silence in the west however it may not be enough.

Verdict: Cork  Continue reading