Season: 2021

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Dublin v Cavan – Live score commentary from the All-Ireland semi-final

5:30pm start time for Dublin v Cavan – Live score commentary from the All-Ireland football semi-final, we also have the starting team news.

Dublin : Stephen Cluxton; Michael Fitzsimons, Davy Byrne, Eoin Murchan; James McCarthy, John Small, Robbie McDaid; Brian Fenton, Brian Howard; Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny, Sean Bugler; Paddy Small, Con O’Callaghan, Dean Rock.

Last weekend, the hurling semi-finals provided us with our GAA fix and didn’t disappoint. Now, the Gaelic semi-finals take centre stage, and on paper, they may not be as well matched. But as has been the way throughout the Championship, major upsets are never too far away. First up is Cavan vs Dublin on Saturday evening.

Among all the outsiders to record big wins in this year’s championship, no team has caused more upset than Cavan. The Ulster men would not have been backed by many to advance from the most competitive of the provincial Championships. Yet, they find themselves in an All-Ireland semi-final after winning their first Anglo-Celt Cup since 1997.

Firstly, Cavan provided an opening round shock by coming from seven points down to beat Monaghan in extra time. On that occasion, goalkeeper Raymond Galligan was the hero with a last-minute 55-metre free to send the Breffni men through.

Next, a run-of-the-mill win over Antrim was less of a headline. But, that was followed by another big turnaround. Micky Graham’s men beat Down in the semi-final despite being down by eight at the interval.

Most recently, they came up against Donegal in the final. Before the game, many were already matching up Donegal and Dublin with the belief that the O’Donnell men possessed the last chance to dethrone the Dubs. However, Cavan continued to rewrite the script.

At half-time, there was just two between the teams in Donegal’s favour. Cavan continued to plug away though and soon edged ahead. Then, in the closing moments Gearoid McKiernan floated a long ball into the Donegal square that Shaun Patton failed to deal with. As a result, Conor Madden put the ball in the net to ensure the game was beyond Donegal’s reach.

Despite the mass murmurings suggesting Cavan would have preferred to play Dublin outside of Croke Park, the Breffni men will be relishing the challenge. A chance to play in GAA headquarters has always been a just reward for the Provincial winners. Furthermore, Graham’s side have already proved they can put it up to the best.

Deadly Dublin

Unlike their semi-final opponents, Dublin progressed to this stage in a more typical manner. The five-in-a-row winners haven’t taken their foot off the gas and have seamlessly adjusted to life after Jim Gavin. The new man Dessie Farrell hasn’t been afraid to juggle the team that brought so much success. The emergence of Sean Bugler and Robbie McDaid is a prime example of the embarrassment of riches at Farrell’s disposal. Likewise, Paddy Small has kept Paul Mannion in reserve thus far.

They won their three Leinster Championship games against Westmeath, Laois and Meath by a combined 54 points. Perhaps even more impressively, they seem to have only been operating in third gear.

With the absence of Donegal and Kerry from the All-Ireland series of the Championship, all the money will be on Dublin to complete an unprecedented six-in-a-row. The only real unknown for many is who Farrell will select. Will he continue with his blend of old and new? Or will the likes of Brian Howard, Paul Mannion and Kevin McManamon force their way into the fifteen? Similarly, Cormac Costello continues to impress with every display. Costello successfully appealed against his red card against Meath making him available this weekend.

Those who are already lining up a Dublin vs Mayo Final for the third time in five years run the risk of speaking prematurely. This year’s Championship has been the most unpredictable in recent memory. However, for all of Cavan’s achievements in Ulster, Dublin are a different animal, especially in Croke Park.

The game is live on RTÉ and Sky Sports Mix.

Dublin are 1/50 favourites. On the other hand, Cavan are 16/1 and a draw is 33/1.

Prediction: Dublin.

 

SFC Semi-Final: Cavan vs Dublin, Saturday, December 5th, 17:30 (Croke Park).  

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Kildare vs Offaly: Leinster Football – Live score commentary

We have starting team news and live score commentary from Kildare vs Offaly in Leinster Football championship, match starts at 5:30pm in O’Moore Park.

Kildare begin their Championship this Sunday in Portlaoise. However, their opposition have already featured in the competition. Last Sunday, Offaly overcame Carlow to make it to this Leinster Championship quarter-final.

The saying of ‘goals win games’ rang true for Offaly in Tullamore on Sunday. Their three majors went a long way in seeing off a dogged Carlow team. Firstly, Niall McNamee and Jordan Hayes found the net in the first half when Offaly were finding points hard to come by. Carlow were never out of touch though as Offaly took a three-point lead into half-time.

Then, Bernard Allen made the lead six just before the second-half water break with a third well taken goal. Carlow had chances of their own but failed to gain any significant foothold to launch a comeback.

Kildare will be hoping to make it to a Leinster final and challenge Dublin. Hence, Offaly may need to show such efficiency in front of goal again to advance.

Kildare manager Jack O’Connor will be grateful for avoiding the preliminary round in Leinster. Since football resumed, Kildare have beaten Cavan and Westmeath. Unfortunately for O’Connor’s team, poor results in the spring meant they came up short of promotion. However, the former Kerry manager will know that form is a crucial asset entering the Championship.

Losses to Dublin and Tyrone eliminated Kildare from the competition last year. Now, they are on the opposite side of the Leinster draw to the All-Ireland Champions. Two good performances will see them in a Leinster final. However, form is temporary and there is no doubt that the Lilywhites will have to battle to get there.

Offaly are 7/2 underdogs with Paddy Power despite their win last week. Kildare are 1/4 and a draw is 10/1.

The game is live on GAAGo.

Prediction: Kildare.

Leinster Football Championship Quarter-Final: Kildare vs Offaly, Saturday, November 8th, 17:30 (O’Moore Park, Portlaoise).

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Tipperary vs Limerick Munster Hurling – Click for live score commentary

Tipperary vs Limerick Munster Hurling – Preview, starting teams and live score commentary for the game that starts at 4pm

Last weekend, Limerick opened the Munster Hurling Championship by beating Clare by ten points. The result was a statement of intent from the 2018 All-Ireland winners who now face the holders Tipperary just a week on from their victory. Tipperary vs Limerick is at 4pm on Sunday.

Limerick had eleven different scorers in the game against Clare that doubled as the League final. In the forwards, Tom Morrissey (0-4) and Gearóid Hegarty (0-5) found their performances worthy of a Team of the Week inclusion. Likewise, the defenders got in on the action. Diarmuid Byrnes hit 0-3 and Declan Bannon got a point to justify their selections in the week’s finest fifteen.

Limerick’s second-half performance was what really set them apart from a brave Clare team. This sort of seventy-minute performance will encourage John Kiely who knows his team will need to go the distance on Sunday.

Tipp not phased by being the ones to beat

Tipperary are without the advantage of having a competitive game since the GAA’s resumption. However, the fresh legs could be an advantage in itself as the winter setting will take its toll on teams quickly.

In the run to Tipperary’s All-Ireland victory last year, Limerick were the only team to beat them. This was in the Munster final that saw a twelve-point difference between the sides. Despite eventually winning the Liam McCarthy, there will be an element of revenge on the Tipperary players’ minds.

This year, the Championship again offers a second chance via the qualifiers. However, Tipperary captain Seamus Callanan is planning on taking a more direct route this time around.

“We’re in a Munster semi-final, going through the back door is not going to enter our heads. It’s a situation you can only deal with if you’re put in it,” he said. “We’re going all out to win and not thinking that there’s a crutch to fall back on in case anything else happens.”

Limerick’s outing against Clare made them the favourites for this one with Paddy Power. They are 8/11 to defeat the holders. Meanwhile, Tipperary are 11/8 and a draw is 8/1.

RTÉ Sport are showing the game live.

Prediction: Limerick.

Munster Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Tipperary vs Limerick, Sunday, November 1st, 16:00 (Páirc Uí Chaoimh).

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Cork vs Waterford Munster Hurling – Team News & Live Score Commentary

Cork vs Waterford Munster Hurling semi-final we have team news & live score commentary, match start time is 3:30pm Saturday.

The Munster Hurling Championship commenced last weekend with Limerick vs Clare. Now, Cork vs Waterford will mark the first Munster semi-final on Saturday. Waterford enter this game with more to prove. On the other hand, Cork went steady in last year’s Championship without ever really threatening to be All-Ireland contenders.

Unfortunately, Cork will be without Eoin Cadogan and Darragh Fitzgibbon for the game due to injury. In addition to this, Robbie O’Flynn will serve his suspension for a red card received in March. On the other hand, Colm Spillane is available for selection. Furthermore, the suspension of the U20 Championship could mean Kieran Kingston adds some youth to his panel.

Previously, Cork’s League campaign was underwhelming as the team transitioned into Kingston’s return. This came off the back of last year’s quarter-final defeat to Kilkenny. After failing to make the Munster final last year, this is a chance to prove their ambition.

Waterford failed to win a single game in the 2019 Championship. However, Tadhg de Búrca’s return to top-form after injury means Austin Gleeson may once again feature in the forward line. A boost up front is exactly what Waterford need and Gleeson is more than worthy of providing it. The winter setting might see Waterford compete once again.

Cork are 8/15 favourites to advance to the final with Paddy Power. Meanwhile, Waterford are 15/8 and a draw is 8/1.

Sky Sports are sending their cameras to Thurles for this game.

Prediction: Cork.

Munster Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Cork vs Waterford, Saturday, October 31st, 15:30 (Semple Stadium). 

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Antrim hurlers

Antrim are the only Ulster county to appear in an All-Ireland hurling final, the first of which was in 1943 losing to Cork and the second was in 1989 losing to Tipperary. In 1943 Antrim defeated both Galway (by 7-0 to 6-2) and Kilkenny (by 3-3 to 1-6) in the old Corrigan Park, but disappointed in the All Ireland against Cork.

Honours
Christy Ring Cup: 1
2006
All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championships: 1
1970
All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championships: 1
2002
All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championships:
1971
National Hurling Leagues: 3
1956 (Div 2)
1970 (Div 2)
2003 (Div 2)
All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships: 3
1978
1981
1982
Walsh Cup: 1
2008
Ulster titles: 145
Senior: 55 – 1900-01, 1903–05, 1907, 1909–11, 1913, 1916, 1924–31, 1933–40, 1943–49, 1989–91, 1993–94, 1996, 1998–99, 2002–09, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015[2]
Under 21: 24 – 1964, ‘65, ‘66, ‘67, ‘70, ‘72, ‘73, ‘74, ‘76, ‘78, ‘79, ‘80, ‘81, ‘82, ‘88, ‘89, ‘91, ‘92, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘98, ‘99, ’00, 2002, ’06, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016[3]
Minor: 56 – 1931, ‘33, ‘35-41, ‘45-56, ‘58-66, ‘69, ‘70, ‘86, ‘87, ‘88, ‘92, ‘93, ‘95-99, ’00, ’01, 2002, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015[4]
Junior: 15 – 1950-55, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59, ‘61, ‘63, ‘66, ‘68, ‘69, ’02
Intermediate: 5 – 1966, 67, 69, 70, 73
All Stars
1988: Ciaran Barr
1989: Dessie Donnelly, Olcan McFetridge
1991: Terence McNaughton
1993: Paul McKillen

Cavan vs Roscommon – Click for Preview, Team News, Start time & Live scores

The final round of the league division two and we have Cavan v Roscommon – Click for Preview, Team News & Live score commentary, the game starts at 2pm on Saturday. 

Cavan vs Roscommon can effect both ends of the Division 2 table. Before the lockdown, the division was chaotic and condensed. Last weekend, little changed. Roscommon need just a point to be crowned champions. But, a loss could see them drop out of the top two altogether. Meanwhile, Cavan need a win to guarantee safety from relegation.

Roscommon returned to action against Armagh in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. However, they were the slower to start and were wasteful in front of the posts. Whereas, Armagh were accurate and took their chances. It took an Enda Smith penalty in the 34th penalty to give the Connacht side a lifeline.

Then on 43 minutes, Smith scored another penalty. Two minutes later, Conor Daly netted after a super Conor Cox run.

Then, Roscommon finished strongly. But, Anthony Cunningham will be keen to improve across the pitch before the Championship commences.

Roscommon need just a point to guarantee their return to Division 1 as table-toppers. If they have to continue to rely on goals though, Cavan could spoil their party.

The Ulster side will be left wondering how they could score 0-20 and lose a game by four points. In truth, they were unlucky to not a goal of their own when Martin Reilly’s effort was saved. Mickey Graham will be encouraged by the strength with which his team finished.

By injury time, they were within three points of Kildare. If they can show the same fight for 70 minutes against Roscommon they could take the points.

If Cavan win, Armagh lose, and Westmeath draw with Kildare, Graham’s team could squeeze into the top 2. In what has already been an unpredictable Division, anything is possible.

Team News

What adds to the excitement for this one is that neither management team has any apparent absentees for it.

However, Cavan play just a week later in the Ulster Championship. They play Monaghan and defeat would immediately end their season. Therefore, Graham has to decide whether to risk injuring his first fifteen or saving them and giving others some game time.

Meanwhile, Roscommon aren’t out in the Championship until November 8th. As a result, Anthony Cunningham may not be afraid to use his big guns to secure the title.

Prediction: Roscommon. After winning Connacht in 2019, the Rossies will be ambitious and want to get back to Division 1. Their eye for goal has won them games and could do so again. But, Cavan will push them for the 70 minutes and Anthony Cunningham will need to plan accordingly.

 

UPDATE

A member of the Roscommon football Panel has tested positive for Covid-19, the members of the panel and management who have been deemed to be close contacts have been tested. They will still play on Cavan on Saturday.

Roscommon statement –

A member of the Roscommon Senior football Panel has tested positive for Covid-19. On receipt of instructions from the HSE in conjunction with our medical team, the members of the panel and management who have been deemed to be close contacts have now been referred for testing and have also begun their period of restricted movement.

 

These Panel members and management will only re-join the panel when deemed safe to do so by the HSE.

 

The Senior football Management and Panel have at all times strictly adhered to HSE and Public Health guidelines.

 

Roscommon GAA will play Cavan this Saturday in round 7 of the National Football league as planned.

 

Roscommon GAA will be making no further comment on this matter.

Cavan vs Roscommon: Division 2, Saturday, October 24th, 2pm (Kingspan Breffni Park).

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Tipperary v Clare U20 Hurling – Team News & Click for Live score commentary

We have team news and live score commentary from the U20 Munster hurling championship match  Tipperary v Clare

Tipperary vs Clare marks the beginning of The Premier’s County title defence. After defeating Cork in last year’s All-Ireland final, Tipperary could make it three-in-a-row this year. Meanwhile, Clare are a young side but still boast a host of senior players in their ranks.

Tipperary manager John Devane is able to recall six of the fifteen who started last year’s final to the starting line-up. Captain Eoghan Connolly is joined by Aaron Browne, Johnny Ryan, Gearóid O’Connor, Conor Browne, and Andrew Ormond. Their experience makes the side a strong blend of youth and stature. Furthermore, Seán Hayes and Kian O’Kelly are named to start against Clare after coming off the bench in the final last August.

Captain Connolly is the sole survivor of the 2018 U-21 team that claimed the All-Ireland. Should they win this year, Connolly will have three-in-a-row.

Boris-Ileigh trio Ray McCormack, Kevin Maher, and James Devaney who featured in January’s All-Ireland Club final loss to Ballyhale Shamrocks strengthen John Devane’s side even futher.

Likewise, Clare are not lacking experience in their young side. However, Sean Kelly’s team will have to make do without talisman Aidan McCarthy. McCarthy has a broken thumb but could return if Clare advance on Monday night. Furthermore, Conner Hegarty has a knee injury but a broken nose shouldn’t prevent Shane Meehan from lining out.

Meehan and McCarthy are members of Clare’s senior squad. In addition to them, Cian Galvin, Mark Rodgers, Paddy Donnellan, and Darragh Lohan are members of Clare’s senior panel and are still at Sean Kelly’s disposal.

This amount of firepower makes Clare a threat to Tipperary’s crown. The game is live on TG4.

Tipperary vs Clare: Munster U20 Hurling Championship, Monday October 19th, 7.30pm (Thurles).

 

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Team News

Tipperary : Aaron Browne; Johnny Ryan, Conor Whelan, Eanna McBride; Fintan Purcell, Eoghan Connolly, Ray McCormack; Kevin Maher, Kevin McCarthy; Gearoid O’Connor, Conor Bowe, Devon Ryan; Andrew Ormonde, Kian O’Kelly, Sean Hayes.

Subs: Rhys Skelly, Darragh Flannery, John Ryan, Keith Ryan, Kieran Moloney, Max Hackett, Jack Morrissey, Sean Ryan, James Devaney.

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