Dara O'Cinneide - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DARA OCINNEIDE: Meathness not enough to derail Dublin

Of all the commodities Meath need to bring to the game in Croke Park tomorrow, their Meathness is by far the most important.

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DARA OCINNEIDE: We need a shock to the system

The format and fairness of the All-Ireland Football Championship comes into sharp focus on weekends such as this.

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 Monaghan's ConorMcManus goes past Tyrone's Dermot Carlin in last year'sAll-Ireland SFC quarter-final. Picture: Sportsfile.

DARA OCINNEIDE: Expect an edge as Farney men get serious

Both Monaghan and Tyrone come into tomorrow’s Ulster quarter-final at Hyde Park with a few points to prove.

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Roscommon's Niall Carty and Mayo's Andy Moran at Connacht GAA Centre, Bekan, Claremorris ahead of tomorrow's Connacht SFC. Picture: Diarmuid Greene

DARA OCINNEIDE: Mayo can expect a real test of their credentials

Given the broken weather of recent days and that strong breezes are predicted for the weekend, it could be a day for defenders

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LEAVING ON A JET PLANE: Last summer 339 players received official sanction for the NACB area.

DARA OCINNEIDE: Lack of trust means road to US still a one-way street

The annual exodus of young players to America is an issue which wouldn’t go away

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DARA OCINNEIDE: McGuinness needs another masterstroke

Can embattled Donegal manager Jim McGuinness reinvent his side for the Championship or will Derry kick on from their league campaign?

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TOUCH AND GO: Dublin's Michael Dara McAuley  breaks past Derry's Benny Heron and Mark Lynch. Picture: Oliver McVeigh

DARA OCINNEIDE: Dublin have quality to answer all questions

As the league concludes, we are searching for the signs of weakness or fallibility in this Dublin side

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