Donegal vs Armagh: Ulster Semi-Final Preview & Live Score Commentary

The start time for the throw-in is 1:15 on Saturday, it’s the Ulster Football semi-final between Donegal and Armagh, we have a preview and will have live score commentary.

After eliminating Tyrone in a tough Championship opener, Donegal return to action against Armagh. The Orchard county overcame Derry in a 70-minute duel in their opening game. The winner of this one advances to the final against Cavan or Down.

The Ulster Championship is undoubtedly the most competitive of the four pronvincials. So, when Donegal were drawn against Tyrone for their opener, the rest of Ulster would have rejoiced in being guaranteed to lose a big team straight away. Of course, Donegal were the ones to advance but they still have work to do to be crowned Ulster Champions.

Meanwhile, Armagh have struggled to play to their potential in recent Championships. Having won promotion to Division 1, they’re under pressure to compete with the biggest teams. So, this fixture will be a good test of their credentials.

Donegal were impressive against Tyrone. In particular, Ciarán Thompson and Michael Langan were standout performers. The latter was the Donegal goalscorer. On 25 minutes, he made a direct run forward, getting the ball from Peadar Morgan and holding off challenges before rifling the ball past Niall Morgan in the Tyrone goal.

Donegal only had 5 scorers in the game, Langan notching 1-12 of their total. Absentees from the scoresheet included Michael Murphy, Ryan McHugh, Niall O’Donnell, and Paddy McBrearty who was kept in reserve. If Donegal can add these names to their list of scorers, it will take a mammoth challenge to beat them.

Meanwhile, Armagh led for the entirety of their game against Derry but had to dig deep to see off the oakleafers.

Rian O’Neill kicked four frees that went a long way in Armagh’s favour. But, they allowed Derry to kick seven dead balls that helped them get back in the game. Kieran McGeeney will be sure to make sure his side tidy up their discipline as such fouling could cost them this game.

Leading 0-11 to 0-5 at the interval, McGeeney’s men allowed Derry back into the game in the second half. Jamie Clarke’s black card in the 51st minute only added to their self-inflicted struggles. Despite Derry coming back to make the game a closely contested one, Armagh held on. But, they will know that Donegal would put the game beyond them if they take their foot off the gas in such a way again.

Armagh haven’t won an Ulster title since 2008. With the absence of a back door this year they have to set their sights on ending that drought. Meanwhile, Donegal are going for their third Ulster final in a row. With Monaghan losing on the other side of the draw, Declan Bonner knows it is his to lose now.

Donegal are 2/7 favourites to advance. Otherwise, Paddy Power have Armagh at 7/2 to cause an upset while a draw is 9/1.

The game is live on Sky Sports Mix.

Prediction: Donegal. Armagh are a good side but even if they show up on Saturday Donegal will find a way to win. The north-westerners are just further along in their development than the Orchard men.

This will be their 28thth championship clash, with Armagh winning fifteen to Donegal’s nine  and three draws from the previous 27 contests. Both have one win behind them in the Ul ster championship: Donegal beat Tyrone by two points while Armagh had the same amount  to spare over Derry in their quarter-final. 

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES 

2015: Donegal 2-11 Armagh 0-8 (Ulster quarter-final) 

2014: Donegal 1-12 Armagh 1-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final) 

2010: Armagh 2-14 Donegal 0-11 (All-Ireland qualifier) 

2007: Donegal 1-9 Armagh 1-8 (Ulster quarter-final) 

2006: Armagh 1-9 Donegal 0-9 (Ulster final) 

Facts to know

This will be their first championship meeting since 2015 when Donegal won an Ulster quar ter-final by nine points. 

Donegal are bidding to reach the final for the ninth time in ten seasons. The only year they missed out was 2017. 

Armagh were last in the final in 2008.

Ulster Football Semi-Final: Donegal vs Armagh, Saturday, 14th November, 13:15 (Kingspan Breffni Park).

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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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Cavan Football replay Crosserlough v Kingscourt – Live score commentary

Its the Cavan football final replay Crosserlough’s v Kingscourt Stars, we have team new preview and Live score commentary from the match.

Crosserlough’s 48 year wait for the Oliver Plunkett Cup was extended for another week when Mark Stuart kicked the equaliser against Kingscourt with the last play of the game. It seemed set that Kingscourt Stars were about to win their first Cavan Football final since 2015 but Crosserlough were relentless in their pursuit.

Crosserlough were the ones who started the stronger. They dominated the game in the opening quarter. But, three wides meant Kingscourt were always in touch. Then, Adrian Smith found the net to open a seven-point lead.

But Padraig Faulkner came up with a goal for Kingscourt in the 29th minute to keep the difference at three heading half-time.

Unfortunately, Kingscourt were again the slower to start in the second period. Defender Cian Boylon popped up with another green flag to extend the gap to six again. But, that’s when Kingscourt started to make up for lost time.

Points from Barry Reilly, Patrick Lynch, Cian Shekleton, Philip Tinnelly and Peter Corrigan reeled in the difference. Next, Kevin Curtis fisted into the net. All of a sudden, Kingscourt were two up with eight minutes remaining.

In those remaining minutes, it was point for point and the gap was still two heading into injury time. David Shalvey curled one over to make it a one-point game. Shekleton then missed a chance for Kingscourt that would have sealed the game. This allowed Crosserlough one last throw of the dice. Amazingly, they held their nerve and Mark Stuart latched onto a James Smith pass and casually kicked it over to secure a draw.

After losing the 2018 final, Crosserlough will take last weekend’s draw as a let off. They’ll be keen to make sure it won’t take last gasp heroics in the replay. After waiting since 1972 for a Championship victory, Crosserlough are due a title. Meanwhile, Kingscourt will be encouraged by their performance. If they can replicate the same determination in the replay, Kingscourt have every chance of being the kings of Cavan football again.

Paddy Power have priced Crosserlough at 5/6. On the other hand, Kingscourt are shorter than the first game at 5/4. A draw is 13/2. The replay is live on Cavstream.

Paths to the Final.

Round 1: Kingscourt 1-13 vs 0-10 Lacken.

Crosserlough 1-14 vs 0-07 Lavey.

Round 2: Killygarry 0-17 vs 2-13 Kingscourt Stars. 

Crosserlough 1-13 vs 1-10 Laragh.

Round 3: Kingscourt 3-15 vs 1-07 Laragh.

Lacken 0-14 vs 3-15 Crosserlough.

Round 4: Ramor 3-09 vs 3-11 Crosserlough.

Shercock 0-12 vs 3-12 Kingscourt.

Quarter-Finals: Kingscourt 0-22 vs 2-15 Mullahoran.

Crosserlough 2-19 vs 3-10 Gowna.

Semi-Finals: Castlerahan 0-16 vs 2-16 Crosserlough.

Cavan Gaels 0-10 vs 2-12 Cavan Gaels.

Final: Crosserlough 2-12 vs 2-12 Kingscourt.

Cavan SFC Final Replay: Crosserlough vs Kingscourt Stars (Replay), Saturday 3rd October, 5pm (Kingspan Breffni Park).

 

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Cavan vs Clare Division 2 Football

Last updated on Oct 23rd, 2020 at 11:08

Scorers for Clare: Eoin Cleary 0-6 (4fs), David Tubridy 0-4 (1f), Joe McGann 1-0, Cian O’Dea 0-2, Ciaran Russell 0-2.

Scorers for Cavan: Oisin Pierson 0-7 (5fs), Ciaran Brady 0-2, Bryan Magee 0-1f, James Smith 0-1, Martin Reilly 0-1, Gearoid McKiernan 0-1, Stephen Murray 0-1.

CLARE: Stephen Ryan, Kevin Harnett, Cillian Brennan, Gordon Kelly, Sean Collins, Pearse Lillis, Alan Sweeney, Ciaran Russell, Cathal O’Connor, Cian O’Dea, Keelan Sexton, Dermot Coughlan, Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Joe McGann.

Subs: Gearoid O’Brien for Coughlan (59 mins), Conall O hAinifein for Sweeney (62), Ciaran Downes for McGann (70).

CAVAN: Raymond Galligan, Conor Madden, Padraig Faulkner, Killian Brady, Gerard Smith, Ciaran Brady, Oisin Kiernan, Thomas Galligan, Christopher Conroy, Evan Doughty, Gearoid McKiernan, Martin Reilly, Oisin Pierson, James Smith, Bryan Magee.

Subs: Stephen Murray for K Brady (30 mins), Cormac O’Reilly for Doughty (ht), Benjamin Kelly for Reilly (temp, 48), Ryan Connolly for J Smith (55), Kelly for Magee (63), Conor Brady for Conroy (69).

REFEREE: Jerome Henry (Mayo).

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Cavan vs Westmeath Division 2 Football

Last updated on Oct 23rd, 2020 at 11:34

Cavan – R Galligan (0-2); P Meade, P Faulkner (0-1), K Brady (0-1); G Smith, C Brady (0-3), O Kiernan (0-1); B Kelly, G McKiernan (0-1); S Smith, M Reilly, E Doughty (0-1); O Pierson (0-2), B Magee, J Smith (0-1). Subs: T Galligan (0-2) for B Kelly, S Murray (0-1) for S Smith, L Fortune for J Smith, R Connolly (0-1) for B Magee, C Conroy (1-0) for P Faulkner.

 

Westmeath – E Carberry; J Smith (0-1), R Wallace, B Sayeh; P Holloway, K Maguire, A McGivney; D Corroon, R Connellan (0-2); J Dolan, J Heslin (0-4), D Lynch; C McCormack (0-1), R O’Toole (0-1), L Dolan (0-1). Subs: L Loughlin (1-3) for L Dolan, N Mulligan for P Holloway, J Halligan for C McCormack.

 

Referee – S Laverty.