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GAA: Big Guns To Battle In Provincial Deciders

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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

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GAA: Clare Crush Carlow As Armagh KO Tyrone

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers Round 2B

Cavan 0-5 Roscommon 1-16

Roscommon cruised past Cavan this weekend at Kingspan Breffni Park for this round 2 qualifier.

Both of these sides played against each other in the division 3 final earlier this year with Roscommon coming out on top in that encounter and a similar pattern quickly emerged.

The first half of this game was poor, with neither side impressing. Roscommon edged a low scoring first half at the break by a score of 0-3 to 0-2. Both sides were wasteful in front of goal.

Roscommon were certainly not intent on repeating their first half exploits and knocked over eight unanswered points. Some good scores from Diarmuid Murtagh put them in the driving seat as Cavan failed to bring their shooting boots with them to this game. Roscommon ‘s blistering start to the second half killed all Cavan hope and they advance to the next round, where they will surely face a tougher challenge. Continue reading

GAA: Mourne Men Aim To Down Kildare In Qualifiers

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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

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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: Ulster Sides Advance With Qualifier Victories

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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

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: Clare Ease Past Waterford As Royals Thrash Carlow

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Waterford 0-12 Clare 3-11

Clare marched on in Munster after overcoming rivals Waterford at the second time of asking.

The banner county seemed to be on course to win last weekend but a late revival from the deise forced a replay.

Waterford started off the better of the sides and dominated in midfield and assumed the lead in the opening part of the half, despite not really pulling away from Clare. Clare gradually started to get a grip on the game in the middle of the pitch. Good play from Gary Brennan was influential in Clare dominating possession in the latter part of the first half and he would score the banner’s opening goal of the game, which was the main difference between the sides in the opening half. Clare led at the break by 1-6 to 0-6.

Clare pushed on in the second half, determined not to have a repeat of last weekend’s missed opportunities. Brennan was involved in the action once more when his shot came off the post, with his brother Shane on hand to convert the goal and establish a comfortable lead over Waterford.  Waterford seemed to be out of the game for most parts and failed to really threaten Clare.  Rory Donnell made sure there was to be no repeat of this fixture when his shot gave Clare their third goal of the evening. Waterford will now have to look to the All-Ireland Qualifiers for a route to Croke Park.

Leinster Senior Football Championship

Carlow 0-6 Meath 7-13

Meath obliterated Carlow this weekend, bagging seven goals to advance in Leinster.

Carlow opened the scoring but it was Meath that utterly dominated the game, building up a huge lead at the break which included three goals, giving them a comfortable 3-6 to 0-2 point lead. Carlow never really got into this game and they were completely outclassed by the visitors.

The second half saw a lot more scoring as Carlow threw caution to the wind and the flood gates opened as Meath pressed home their advantage and added 4-7 in  a strong display. Meath march on, winning by 7-13 to 0-6 points, but you have to wonder do these sorts of games really benefit them in the long run. Can the royals topple the Dubs in Leinster?

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-14

Monaghan held off Tyrone to advance in Ulster with a thrilling one point victory.

Tyrone started the game well and edged in front, showing a lot more intent in the opening stages of the game with some good early scores coming their way. Monaghan set up rather defensively and were a little off the pace in the opening parts of the first half. Tyrone began to make some errors in their defensive play , which Monaghan failed to capitalise on. Monaghan grew more into the game towards the end of the half and edged in front. Monaghan were left wondering how they missed two good opportunities to score a goal, one of which was a penalty which cannoned back off the post. Nonetheless they led by 0-8 to 0-7 at the break.

Monaghan kept building on their momentum and their sheer physical presence in defence and their work ethic meant they were turning possession over in their favour. Dick Clerkin made a strong run through the Tyrone defence to set up Dermot Malone for the only goal of the game which put some daylight between the sides in Clones. Tyrone attempted to turn the game around in the closing stages but their effort was short of what was required. Monaghan march on into the Ulster semi-finals where they will battle Armagh.

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