Cynical fouling – a study

CYNICAL fouling, should it be discouraged and stamped out of the game, or is it something that teams must embrace if they are to win? In a fortnight’s time, two sides who have been accused of using this strategy to their advantage will face off in an All-Ireland semi-final. Donegal and Dublin are hungry for […]

Referees announced for semis

Laois whistler Maurice Deegan will officiate Donegal’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin on August 28 at Croke Park. Deegan could be a popular choice for the Tir Chonaill men as he has already taken control of two of Donegal’s championship matches this year, their preliminary round game against Antrim and the Ulster final against Derry, both […]

This is the big one – Whelan

Saturday’s mouthwatering Croke Park showdown between Dublin and Tyrone will be the game of this Championship season, according to Dublin legend Ciaran Whelan.
The former powerhouse midfielder, now a regular on RTE’s Sunday Game programming, believes that this weekend’s clash could well produce the eventual All-Ireland champions, and is the game which will not only decide the destination of the Sam Maguire, but will also define the managerial career of Dublin boss Pat Gilroy.
“Saturday night is the defining game for both these teams. I firmly believe that whoever wins will have a great chance of going on and winning the All-Ireland. It really is that big of a game, one to really whet the appetite.
“This, to me, is Dublin’s All-Ireland final, and will be the defining moment in Pat Gilroy’s tenure as Dublin manager.”

Lockhart top of Antrim wish-list

Antrim boss Liam Bradley could once again look to his native county as he attempts to find a new coach for the Saffron senior side. Bradley must find a new backroom team following the departures of Niall Conway and Paddy McNeill, and top of his wanted list is former Derry defender Sean Marty Lockhart. The […]

Forget history

FORMER Armagh star Paul McGrane insists that only one thing matters when the Orchard men travel to take on Tyrone this Saturday; The result. The big Ballyhegan man, part of the Armagh coaching set-up this season under Paddy O’Rourke, believes “The biggest thing in the minds of either team this weekend is to progress. Nothing […]

Ulster Final analysis

THE TALKING has been done, the clichés have all been wheeled out through the press and the obligatory appearances at photo shoots, sponsor launches and keeping everyone outside the camp happy have all been completed. Now, it’s time for business. When Jim McGuinness and John Brennan send their respective sides out into battle at the […]

Curse of the cruciate

Better balance and screening of GAA athletes could help reverse the trend of players suffering cruciate knee ligament injuries, according to one leading physiotherapist and former inter-county star. The dreaded Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) was back in the headlines this week as Eoin Bradley became the latest casualty of the season-ending injury, joining his brother […]

Cavanagh focused on front door

Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh insists that although he makes Donegal favourites for Sunday’s Ulster semi-final clash, he still believes the Red Hands have got what it takes to maintain a march not only towards an Ulster title, but indeed a fourth All-Ireland crown.
Semi-finals can be a stumbling block for even the most experienced sides, but the former Player of the Year insists that Tyrone will be highly motivated on Sunday, as victory will take them one step closer to their ultimate goal.
“The way things have gone for us in recent years, 2009 and 2010, even though we’ve won Ulster they’ve still proven to be unsuccessful years. The emphasis in Tyrone now every year is to get Sam back, that’s the reality we have to live with.
“The shortest route to an All-Ireland is still via the front door, by winning a provincial title, and every step we take towards that is one step closer to our ultimate goal.”

Opportunity for a Donegal title win: Bonner

Former Donegal star Declan Bonner reveals that he is very much a fan of the Jim McGuinness style of management. Not just that, but he believes that not only do the Tir Chonaill men have a great chance of victory against Tyrone on Sunday afternoon.
Bonner, an All-Ireland winning player who went on to manage the county senior side, believes that Donegal’s youthful enthusiasm and mental strength could well be the key to beating battle-hardened Tyrone this Sunday afternoon at Clones.

Brennan not impressed by 'commercial' Clones decision

Derry boss John Brennan is concerned that the, “Purely commercial decision,” to play his side’s Ulster semi-final against Armagh this Sunday at Clones will cost his team greatly in terms of support.
The Oak Leaf manager insists that the Monaghan venue is far from neutral.
He also believes that the increased financial burden for Derry’s travelling support will be reflected by the numbers on the terraces.
“We were told that if it was Down who we were playing then it would be at Casement Park, and if it was Armagh then it would be in Omagh. There’s now going to be about twice the journey and three times the cost involved to get to Clones. I believe we’ll be outnumbered two or three to one by Armagh supporters.
“To me it was a political decision, and to me even more so a purely commercial decision on Clones’ behalf to have the game there.”