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Anthony’s weekly live score gaa preview

Hello again and welcome to my second post of previews ahead of the weekend’s games across the country. Unfortunately level 5 obviously no supporters will be at the games. But don’t worry you can get the scores on vrscores.com all weekend. Let’s take you through the games below. 

 

Division 1 Football

 

Kerry v Donegal, Saturday, 2pm, Tralee

 

A win for the Kingdom here will secure the Division 1 crown. They won’t get it easy as they come up against Declan Bonner’s Donegal. Kerry had the narrowest of wins over Monaghan last weekend 0-17 to 0-14 in a game which the impressive David Clifford led them to victory. Kerry will look to Clifford, Sean O’Shea and Tony Brosnan once more in attack, while players like Paul Murphy and Gavin White will be key in defence. Donegal come into this with having recorded a 2-17 to 2-13 win over Tyrone. Key for Declan Bonners will be once again Michael Murphy, Jamie Brennan and Ryan McHugh. Kerry are 1/5 with Donegal 9/2. Kerry to win this for me by 3 or 4 points. 

 

Galway v Dublin, Sunday, 2pm, Pearse Stadium 

 

A win here for either side and a Kerry loss would crown them league champions. Galway manager Padraic Joyce will be looking for an improved performance after they suffered a heavy 3-23 to 0-17 defeat to Mayo. A repeat performance and they be blown away by Dublin that’s for sure. Joyce will look to players like Paul Conroy, Liam Silke and Robert Finnerty all whom put in decent performances against Mayo. Dublin come into this game having beaten neighbours Meath at Parnell Park last weekend, A goal from Dean Rock meant the Dubs won by 4 points. Players like Mick Fitzsimons, Brian Fenton and Ciaran Kilkenny will be key if the Dubs are to succeed. Dublin are 1/2 with Galway 9/4. Dublin to win by 4 points. 

 

Monaghan v Meath, Sunday, 2pm, Clones

 

This is a massive game for Monaghan a loss here would mean relegation to Division 2 for 2021. Meath are already to the Division 2 for 2020 having won no games. If Monaghan beat or draw with Meath then Tyrone would be relegated if they lose to Mayo, while Mayo could also be relegated if they lose to Tyrone. Monaghan last weekend lost narrowly to Kerry but put up a brave performance. Conor McManus was super when he came off the bench, Fintan Kelly and Karl O’Connell will also need to have big games here. Meath put in a superb performance against Dublin last weekend losing narrowly 1-20 to 0-19. They are relegated but that won’t stop them from trying to cause an upset here. Thomas O’Reilly, Shane Walsh and Donal Keogan will be key for the Royals. Monaghan are the favourites at 4/9 and Meath are 5/2. Monaghan to win by 4. 

 

Mayo v Tyrone, Sunday, 2pm, Castlebar 

 

Both sides are in the mix to be relegated to Division 2 for 2021. A win for Mayo will mean they will remain in the top division, however if they draw and Monaghan draw with Meath then they will be relegated. In Tyrone’s case, if they lose the game they will be relegated if Monaghan defeat Meath. Mayo had a massive win over Galway last weekend 3-23 to 0-17. Aidan O’Shea, Cillian O’Connor and Mark Moran all staring for James Horan’s side. Mickey Harte’s Tyrone had a narrow defeat to Donegal last weekend so a win here is vital going into the championship for them also against Donegal. Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly and Padraig Hampsey will be key here. Mayo are 8/15, Tyrone are 2/1. A one point win for Mayo here. 

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17th/18th October

So welcome to my new column where I will be giving my thoughts on the weekend’s gaa action. We all have been missing inter-county action since March but it’s finally back and it’s back with a bang, with games in all four divisions as well as two All-Ireland U-20 semi-finals. Let’s take a look at the games below.

 

Division 1

 

The first game I am going to look at it is Monaghan v Kerry.

The games takes place at 2pm at Clones on Saturday. Monaghan currently sit in 6th in the division so a win will be key here going forward for them. Kerry are second just behind Galway. There are no injury reports in the Monaghan camp so players like Conor McManus will once again be key for the Farney. Looking at Kerry, Peter Keane has said that players like Jack Barry, James O’Donoghue and Peter Crowley could feature.

Current odds have Kerry as 8/15 favourites with Monaghan 15/8. I fancy Kerry to win this by 2 points.

Dublin v Meath also takes place on Saturday with throw in at 7pm in Croke Park.

Dublin currently are in 4th place in the division and manager Dessie Farrell will want to get a win here against their old foes. Dublin will be minus Diarmuid Connolly who announced his retirement just under two weeks ago. However, he will still be able to call on the services of Dean Rock, Con O’Callaghan and Brian Fenton. Meath are rock bottom of Division 1 having failed to win a game so far. However, they will be able to call on players like Bryan McMahon, Bryan Menton and Donal Keoghan.

Dublin are favourites here at 1/12, Meath are 15/2. I fancy Dublin to win 7 or 8 points.

 

Galway v Mayo takes place on Sunday in Tuam at 2pm.

The game is live on TG4. Galway top the table having won 4 of their 5 previous games. Galway boss Padraic Joyce has been dealt a massive blow with news of a Covid outbreak which will rule out Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly and Dessie Conneelly. Shane Walsh and Damien Comer will be also missing. However players like Paul Conroy, Rob Finnerty and Liam Silke will all feature. Mayo come into the game with a mixture of results 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses. James Horan will likely look to players like Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Aidan O’Shea once again.

Mayo are 8/11 favoruites obviously owing to the Galway absentees. Galaxy are 11/8. I think Mayo will win this going purely based on the quality of player they are missing. Mayo by 4 points.

Donegal v Tyrone will also be played on Sunday at 4pm in Ballybofey.

Donegal and Tyrone both sit in mid table in the division. Donegal have 2 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws. They will look to players like Ryan McHugh and Michael Murphy for leadership once again. Mickey Harte and Tyrone were having a super league campaign before Covid 19 put a halt to it. They have 3 wins from 5 games, one of those coming against All-Ireland Champions Dublin. Tyrone will be without Colm Cavanagh who has since retired, while Cathal McShane will miss the rest of the season. Darren McCurry, Peter Harte and Niall Morgan will be key.

Donegal are odds of 4/5 with Tyrone 5/4. I think a draw could be on the cards here.

 

 

Division 2

 

Westmeath v Laois takes place on Saturday at 2pm in Mullingar.

Westmeath sit in fourth place in the table at present having won 2, lost 2 and drawn 1. Westmeath will look to John Heslin, Denis Coroon and Sam Duncan. Laois are in joint 4th position with Westmeath in table having also had 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 win. John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis and Mark Timmons will be key.

Westmeath are 8/11, Laois are priced at 6/4. For me it’s a 2 or 3 point win for Westmeath.

 

Armagh v Roscommon takes place at the Athletic Grounds Saturday at 5.30pm.

It’s a battle between the top two in the division and it’s likely it won’t dissapoint. Armagh have 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Jamie Clarke, Niall Grimley and Stefan Campbell will be key to their chances of winning. Roscommon will look to players like Conor Cox, Enda Smith and Tadgh O’Rourke.

Armagh are 8/11 with Roscommon 11/8. I fancy Armagh to come out on top by 2 points.

 

Clare v Fermanagh takes place at 1pm on Sunday at Ennis.

However, the game is looking increasingly likely not to go ahead with 10 players from the squad reported to have Covid 19. Fermanagh are bottom of the table in Division 3 with Clare just hovering above them. Clare will look to players like Keelan Sexton, David Tubridy and Eoin Cleary.

Clare for me for the win. Update: The game will go ahead.

 

 

Kildare v Cavan also takes place on Sunday in Newbridge at 2pm.

Kildare are second from bottom in the division but Jack O’Connor has some good players at his disposal. Daniel Flynn, Tommy Moolick and Adam Tyrrell will be key. Cavan are third in division 3. Players like Oisin Pierson and Ciaran Brady will be key players for them.

Kildare are 8/13, with Cavan 13/8. Kildare to win this one narrowly by 2 points.

 

New Gaelic Football Rules for 2020

It’s a new season of Gaelic Football and the GAA has passed new playing rules for 2020 at their special congress meeting in October. These rules will be implemented across all level of Gaelic Football for the new year. We will take you through each rule and explain so you know what to expect to see in the coming days. The four new rules are explained in detail below:

Advance Mark

The main reason on why this rule was brought in was to encourage long kicking. The ball has to be kicked from on or inside the 45m line. It must also be kicked a distance of 20m for an advance mark to be rewarded. A mark is rewarded to the player after a player puts his hand up in the air. The player has 15 seconds to kick the ball.

An advance mark can also be got in the large rectangle. However, according to GAA.ie the player would have to got back to the 13m line to take the kick. The player has the option to play on but the opposition can then tackle.

Mark from kick-out 

The reason this rule has been implemented is to encourage players/goalkeepers to kick the ball further for a kick-out. Short kick outs have become a thing but this rule is hoping to stop this. The mark from a kick out encourages players to make a clean catch where a mark can then be claimed. This however has to be past the 45m line. A mark is awarded by putting hand up in the air.

Sin Bin 

The main reason why the sin bin rule will be implemented in the 2020 season is to stop cynical fouling and cynical play. Where a black card is now issued, the player will be sin binned for 10 minutes. According to the GAA website the 10 minute period will start when the game restarts. A player can only return when granted permission by the referee.

Kick-out 

The kick out has to be taken from the 20m line. This can’t be kicked backwards. Gaa.ie states that all players have to be outside the 20m line and 13m away from the ball until its kicked.

These four rules can only improve the game in my opinion. It is up to players to buy into it now in the national league. I personally think the sin bin rule is a fantastic idea. It will stop cynical fouling for sure. Let’s hope the new playing rules for 2020 work for the good of the game !

 

Jim McGuinness Returns to GAA

Jim McGuinness is a legendary figure in his home county of Donegal. He led the Senior Football team to their first All-Ireland Championship in 20 years back in 2012. They reached the final again in 2014 before losing out to Kerry. This was to be his last year in charge of the team. Fast forward to 2020 and McGuinness is back involved in the sport, this time with the Galway footballers.

But where has he been until now? 

After a successful period up north, it was time for a new challenge in the eyes of McGuinness. Soccer was next on the agenda. His commitment to starting from the bottom and eventually achieving his UEFA B coaching license was a clear indicator that this was a serious career move for the Donegal man.

McGuinness’s first job in soccer came back in 2012 when he was still involved with Donegal, having just won the All-Ireland. Through his connections, he landed himself a gig with Scottish giants Celtic as a performance consultant. He would continue to work with Donegal, juggling both jobs. His tenure in Glasgow would last five years, coming to an end in 2017 when McGuinness vacated his role of assistant manager with the U-20 squad. China was calling next. Soccer, as professional sport, was on the rise in China. But unfortunately the same couldn’t be said of McGuinness’s management career as he had to call a halt to his time after six months for personal reasons.

After China came an unsuccessful stint in America as head coach of Charlotte Independence which ended with both parties going their separate ways last June.

Return to the GAA

Jim McGuinness will be disappointed with his experience in soccer management to date. There is a certain sense of unfulfillment lingering over the soccer section of his C.V. It may be a case of unfinished business but for now he has turned his attention to GAA and Galway. He has been brought in alongside manager Padraig Joyce to help with preparations for the upcoming All-Ireland Championship. Both men are familiar with one another having played together for IT Tralee back in 1999. McGuinness has not “formally” joined Joyce’s backroom team, instead taking up a temporary role.

Although well-respected within the realms of the GAA, it may come as a surprise that McGuinness has returned to the sport. Irish golfer Paul McGinley, who turned to McGuinness for advice when he became the European Ryder Cup captain back in 2013, declared that the former Donegal boss “would not be coming back to the GAA” when interviewed two years ago. However since then things haven’t gone as planned and maybe it is time to go back to the drawing board.

Galway kick off their 2020 All-Ireland campaign against Sligo on Saturday 7th November.

 

Weekend GAA betting Advice

Last updated on Sep 7th, 2020 at 19:22

We will have GAA betting advice for live matches on this page every weekend, we will look at team news, weather, and form to help with our selections. 

Sunday  16th August 

Kilruane McDonaghs v LoughmoreLive on TG4 2:30pm

Advice 

Back Loughmore (-1) at 11/8 with PaddyPower

Reasoning

Both clubs are sitting on two points in Group 3, a win secures a place in the quarter-finals, but from talking to some people in Tipperary they think Loughmore are the better placed to gain the win in Semple Stadium today. This should be a real shootout so expect a very entertaining match.

RESULT

Loughmore win by 2pts