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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

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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

Extra Time Needed If Replays Not Being Covered

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It’s a travesty to say that the G.A.A. have turned down the opportunity to show the Leinster semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Galway. The drawn game last Sunday was an advertisement for what is possible in sport. For Galway to recover from what seemed to be an unassailable Kilkenny lead just shows what this sport is all about. Fat ladies and all that may have been mentioned with ten minutes to the final whistle but no one in their right mind could imagine that she wouldn’t get to sing a note. It’s difficult to work out the reasons for not showing this game live. Do the G.A.A. seriously believe that players will be working the morning of a championship match? That’s one of the reasons John Horan, Chairman of the Leinster Council gave as not to play the game at 2.30, it would be unfair on the players to give up a full Saturday. The fact that Tullamore is a busy town on a Saturday was also taken into consideration for not having the early start. 12,000 plus people attending a match, a negative for a town? Seriously? This year’s Munster championship replay between Cork and Waterford was streamed live on RTE Player instead of television and the resulting coverage was far from ideal, it was a poor effort to say the least. In last years Leinster championship, the semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Dublin was also reduced to internet viewing. The message coming down from the top to grass roots level is to promote the game, promote the game, promote the game and yet when they get a chance themselves, they fail miserably. 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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GAA : Waterford And Clare Set To Lock Horns Again

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan v Tyrone

This is a very intriguing clash as both ssides possess interesting styles of play. Tyrone have been one of the most dominant and consistent teams in recent years and are giving their younger players the massive experience of playing against the best sides on the island. You only have to look at players like Darren McCurry to realise that they have potential. Monaghan on the other hand are Ulster champions and if they can repeat the way they played in the Ulster final last year against Donegal, they will most certainly come out on top. This is one of the hardest games to call this year as both sides are improving but I think if Monaghan are ready to play like that again they could win, if not Tyrone will march onwards. Continue reading

GAA: Mayo Snatch Victory Over Brave Rossies

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Connacht Senior Football Championship

Roscommon 1-9 Mayo 0-13

Mayo advanced to the Connacht final with a slender one point lead over Roscommon.

The game started at a really slow pace and never really got going. Mayo showed a little more enterprise in the opening half and established the lead. Roscommon had a barren spell for most of the first half and were very over reliant on the hand passing and this seemed to halt their progress up the pitch to get valuable scores. Both sides were guilty of some awful missed opportunities especially as Mayo’s shots landed short and into the keeper hands. Roscommon improved a little in the closing stages of half but both sides must be wondering what happened in the opening thirty five minutes as they only managed seven points. 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

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