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GAA: Cavanagh Saves Tyrone As Rossies Dismiss Leitrim

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Tyrone 2-11 Down 3-8

This game started very slowly and looked bound to fall short of the expected high quality championship match as both sides showed no real appetite to play the game for most of the first half. Tyrone were more dominant and sharper in front of goal, but Down were very wasteful with their scoring ability. Tyrone were awarded a controversial penalty when their forward was brought down in the small square, Peter Harte stepped up to convert the penalty for the red hand county. Tyrone comfortably led by 1-5 to 0-3 points at the break. Both sides were guilty of some awful wides in the first half. 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

Race For Sam Maguire Heats Up As Qualifiers Enter Final Stage

samGalway v Cork

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

GAA Round Up: Monaghan End 25 year Wait

Ulster Senior Football Final

Donegal 0-7 Monaghan 0-13

Monaghan have ended a a 25 year wait to recapture the Ulster Championship as they disposed of reigning All ireland champions Donegal at Clones.

Monaghan were really hungry for this victory and their fierceness in the tackles was immense. Donegal were somewhat shell-shocked at the pace and intensity their opponents brought to this game. Donegal’s first score only arrived five minutes before half time. Monaghan were so dominant in the first half yet they only led by 0-5 to 0-2 at the break. The Farney men pushed on in the second half and extended their lead to five points at one stage. Donegal were trying to revive their situation by attempting to break through the Monaghan cover. Monaghan went six points in front towards the end of the game when Tommy Freeman scored a simple point at the death. Monaghan march on to the All-Ireland Quarter final and can’t get too carried away with this victory. Donegal will now face Laois in the Qualifiers. Continue reading

London Make First Connacht Final Appearance As Donegal Aim For Three In A Row

Connacht Senior Football Final

Mayo v London

London come into this game as underdogs but they have been threatening to pull off a shock victory for a while. London will be looking at players like Lorcan Mulvey and Mark Gottsche help them overcome the power of Mayo. Mayo will be well aware of the threat the exiles possess as they only scraped by them last year. Mayo should win this game without too much trouble. London have done exceptionally well and should enjoy this game at the weekend. I think Mayo will win this game by six or seven points at the final whistle.

Verdict : Mayo Continue reading

London Reach Connacht Final

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Connacht Senior football championship

London 2-11 Leitrim 1-12

This was a game of two halves where London dominated the first & Leitrim the second. London started brightly & establishing a 0-7 to 0-1 lead in the first half. A goal by Greg Crowley furthered the dominance from the exiles. A goal by Ciaran McCallion really looked like this game was over as London led by 2-10 to 0-2 at the break but a goal in the second half sparked a Leitrim comeback and they also picked up several frees along the way.
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Donegal Advance As Leitrim & London Must Battle Again

James Glancy and David McGreevy 23/6/2013Ulster Senior football Championship: Donegal See Off Strong Down Performance

Donegal 0-12 Down 0-9

Donegal progressed into an Ulster final after emerging victorious from a hard-fought battle in Breffni Park, beating Down by three points. The game never really took off and there was some a largely poor passing game on show. Donegal started the brightest, taking a strong lead in the first half. Down were slow off the mark and when they got going they cut the lead to 2 points with Donegal running in 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.

Down played a very defensive strategy and this kept them within touching distance of the reigning All Ireland champions. The second half was quite similar to the first and Donegal again started brightest in the second to extend their lead to three points. Both teams added frees later in the half to make the score 0-10 to 0-7 before a superb Michael Murphy free at the end sealed Donegal’s place in the Ulster final. Continue reading

Donegal And The Exiles Tipped To Advance

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Donegal come into this game as reigning All Ireland champions and winning the title again is within their grasp. Down are a team that can pull off a surprise with exceptional players like Benny Coulter and Mark Poland. Donegal still have an exceptional team of players and their consistence in the championship is quite remarkable. Jim McGuinness has brought a lot enthusiasm to his players and self belief. Down needed to start this game well to be in with a chance of winning come the final whistle. The key battle in this game will be about the likes of Benny Coulter and his fellow Down forwards getting on top against the Donegal defenders. Colin McFadden will need to inspire his team mates to come through this match. Continue reading

All-Ireland SFC : Action Heats Up Across The Provinces

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Wicklow V Meath

The last time these sides met in the championship last year, Meath secured a victory by a five point winning margin. These sides also met in the national league earlier in the year with Meath being far superior then the garden county. Wicklow were relegated from the league this season while Meath were second in division 3. The Royal county are improving and should be too strong for their Leinster rivals.

Verdict: Meath Continue reading

Monaghan And Wexford Advance

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan 0-11 Antrim       0-06

14 man Monaghan overcame the challenge of Antrim with some ease to win 0-11 points to 0-6.

The northern rivals exchanged points in the first half with Monaghan leading at the break by a score of 0-5 to 0-4. Monaghan lost defender Neil McAdam briefly into the second half due to two yellow cards but it didn’t hinder their progress as Antrim only managed 2 points in second half of this dull encounter. Monaghan ran out easy winners in the end, scoring six points in the second half which secured their victory. Continue reading