High-flying Cadogans staying grounded

You can’t help thinking Eoin Cadogan is playing a blinder as the big brother when he perceives his younger sibling Alan and the rest of the Cork U21 footballers are being hyped up ahead of Saturday’s All-Ireland U21FC semi-final.

Tracey Kennedy

Kennedy fears for Imokilly’s football future

The Imokilly board secretary has admitted the division will have to seriously consider withdrawing from the Cork senior football championship.


Whelan: Dubs won’t get carried away despite depth of talent

Mickey Whelan has no problem talking Dublin up, but the 2011 All-Ireland winning selector draws the line at the suggestion that the reigning champions are operating at a higher level than any other county.

Conor McManus, Monaghan, is tackled by Sean Cavanagh, Tyrone.

Mc Manussays jury still out on black card

He was held aloft as the poster boy for those advocating the introduction of the black card after being infamously hauled down by Sean Cavanagh in last summer’s All-Ireland quarter-final, but Monaghan’s Conor McManus remains unconvinced about its merits.


O’Connor says Kerry must appoint Director of Football

Kerry minor manager Jack O’Connor believes county board bosses must appoint a Director of Football to ensure the Kingdom’s finest underage talents are not lost before transition to senior ranks.

Tipperary ladies football manager John Leahy

New Tipp boss Leahy faces player axing row

Tipperary hurling hero John Leahy has created a massive storm by axing five leading players from the county’s ladies football panel.


McStay predicts ‘mayhem’ over black card inconsistency

The All-Ireland SFC will descend into mayhem unless referees achieve consistency in their policing of the black card, Kevin McStay has warned.


Cork feel pain of operation transformation

Dublin 2-20 Cork 2-13
It won’t be until June that this pair begin their championships. Even at that, it won’t be in earnest. Yet you already get the feeling the crown doesn’t weigh as heavy on Dublin as it did in 2012.


Dublin’s inconsistency a worry for Gavin

It can be difficult to grumble with most seven-point wins but Jim Gavin had a few bugbears yesterday evening.

NETT BALL: Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly can only watch as Derry's Kevin Johnson, far right, blasts to the net in the Allianz FL Division 1 semi-final at Croke Park. Picture: Sportsfile

Derry impress on day to forget for Mayo

Derry 2-15 Mayo 1-16
It’s the curse of league football that any result — good, bad or ugly — can be easily digested and regurgitated as either critical or irrelevant depending on the subsequent course a team’s season takes.


Derry chief blasts ‘Mayo fouling’

A tweet sent from Derry GAA’s official account yesterday afternoon questioning what it termed to be “Mayo’s systematic fouling” and the absence of black cards caused something of a mini-stir on Twitter. This story is enriched with multi-media content


McIver claims Doherty dismissal ‘very harsh’

It wasn’t surprising that Paul McIver was ebullient at the final whistle. Seeing his players overcome a top side when reduced to 14 men is inclined to put any backroom team in good humour.


Glory day for Coláiste Choilm

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 1-11 Scoil Aodháin 1-10
When Declan Hyland stepped onto the Croke Park turf, his sole aim — indeed his sole directive — was to impact, however possible, upon proceedings.


Dingle reach Promised Land

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-8 St Patrick’s, Maghera 1-6
Line crossed, tape broken, summit conquered; phrase it whichever way you please but the bottom line remains unchanged — Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are Hogan Cup champions, at last.


Nemo connect four

Nemo Rangers 2-19 Douglas 0-17(after extra-time)
Nemo Rangers were forced to dig deep for their fourth successive Seandún U21A football championship title in Ballinlough on Saturday.


Gavin: black cards paying dividends

Between them, tomorrow’s semi-finalists Dublin and Cork have picked up just three black cards in 14 games. Mayo and Derry’s total is just the same and Jim Gavin believes the new rule is having its desired effect.


Belief the key to Derry’s revival

Two years ago, Derry were saved from relegation to Division 3 not by themselves, but by virtue of a Tyrone win over Monaghan the same day.


Veteran O’Connor ready to make a point against Dubs

What’s seldom is wonderful for Donncha O’Connor right now. Tomorrow’s semi-final represents just his third start of the campaign.


Fitzy eyes ’special’ Cup

Hogan Cup Final
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne (Kerry) v St Pat's Maghera (Derry)


League can be Mayo’s springboard to championship success

Former Mayo footballer Michael Moyles has supported James Horan’s open desire to win the league as they prepare for a second clash with Derry in seven days in Sunday’s Division 1 semi-final.


‘Inside white lines only place for me’

Colm Cooper admits he’s reluctant about rejoining the Kerry panel in a non-playing capacity for the Championship.


Facts back up Gooch’s belief that black card has led to higher scores

You would imagine it would suit him right down to the ground but Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper has one major reservation about the implementation of the black card.


Late Cavan spurt sees off Donegal and secures fourth consecutive title

Cavan 2-06 Donegal 0-08
Cavan snatched victory from the jaws of defeat last night to secure a fourth title in a row against Donegal.


Rebels weather storm for four in a row

Cork 1-18 Tipperary 3-08
It may have been four Munster U21 football titles in a row for Cork but they were made to work for it as Tipperary produced a strong fight back at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.


Doyle finishes on his terms

Last Sunday evening, after beating Westmeath, Johnny Doyle told his Kildare team-mates he was retiring and that he wanted them to make him regret his decision by winning the Leinster championship.


Tipp have the firepower to deny Rebels

When David Power led the Tipperary minors to victory over Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in 2009, the joyful visiting fans staged an impromptu pitch invasion, such was the rarity of the achievement.

Niall Carew: Waterford are not getting a fair crack of the whip.

Carew says Déise referee gripes ignored

Waterford football manager Niall Carew has vented his frustration with Croke Park after a recent meeting with the chairman of the National Referees’ Committee Pat McEnaney failed to resolve the inconsistencies in officiating that have resulted in a heavy concession of frees during their Division 4 fixtures.


McKenna says GAA will address concerns over Sky deal

The GAA’s commercial and stadium director Peter McKenna admits they will heed some of the concerns raised about the Sky Sports deal.

U21 rising star Alan Cadogan of Cork at the Cadbury launch of the Moro GAA Bar at Croke Park yesterday.

Cadogan keeping his feet firmly on the ground

Cadbury’s Munster U21FC final
Tomorrow: Páirc Ui Rinn 8pm
Ref: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)


Repentant Cluxton’s red in the past, says Macauley

Stephen Cluxton apologised to his Dublin team-mates following hissending off against Mayo last Saturday week, Michael Darragh Macauley has revealed.

Tadhg Kennelly: Will coach Irish players to play Aussie Rules.

Kennelly to run rule over future AFL stars

Two players who lined out in last year’s All-Ireland MFC final will be involved in an Easter training camp in London today aimed at making their transition from GAA to the AFL easier.


Kerry welcome timeout as plenty of work to do

Eamonn Fitzmaurice admitted Kerry’s humbling defeat yesterday has changed his mind about their 11-week break until their championship bow.


Clinical Cork end Kerry’s faint hopes

Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-18
Outside of Croke Park, it’s not often in this modern era Cork-Kerry affairs are settled with 20 minutes to go, but this latest meeting in Tralee will stand as one of those rarities.


Cuthbert: Bring on Croker, our side will revel there

Brian Cuthbert said his side will revel in the opportunity to play in Croke Park should next Sunday’s semi-final against Dublin be fixed there.


Allianz Leagues: At a glance

Who's up and who's down.


Doyle retires on high after 15 years with Kildare

Kildare 1-22 Westmeath 0-9
Kildare legend John Doyle called time on his 15-year inter-county odyssey after leading the Lilies to victory in their final league game of the campaign.


Connolly denies Red Hand with late stunner

Tyrone 1-15 Dublin 3-10
Diarmuid Connolly’s sweet right foot made all the difference on an incident-packed afternoon at Healy Park yesterday.


Gavin hails Dublin’s great mental strength and refusal to panic

Deep into stoppage time, Dublin were out of the NFL, but manager Jim Gavin had no doubts about the character of a team that has survived many near-disastrous situations.


Derry keep powder dry

Mayo 2-12 Derry 1-7
Those who witnessed this very drab encounter meander to a fairly inevitable conclusion will be hoping for much better fare when these two sides meet again in next Sunday’s Division 1 semi-final.


Finlay wins it for Monaghan

Monaghan 0-13 Galway 0-12
A Paul Finlay point two minutes into stoppage time clinched victory for Monaghan in Clones yesterday. Galway, who had been behind for most of the match, were reduced to 14 with the dismissal of keeper, Thomas Healy midway through the second-half, but they fought back to draw level late on and could well have snatched victory.


Erne men deny Offaly victory atthe death

Fermanagh 3-10 Offaly 2-13
Relegated Offaly were denied a first win of the campaign by an injury-time fisted goal from Barry Owens as they drew with Fermanagh.


Wicklow’s late spree rocks Tipp

Tipperary 0-22 Wicklow 4-12
Wicklow scored three goals in stoppage time to shock Tipperary in Thurles yesterday.


McDonagh ensures big finish for Royals

Louth 1-12 Meath 2-10
Goals early and late ensured victory for Meath against already doomed Louth in Division 2 at the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda.


Armagh boss takes ref to task

Armagh 1-8 Donegal 2-10
The agony and the ecstasy that are such an intrinsic part of sport were vividly underlined at the Athletic Grounds yesterday when Donegal eased past a big-hearted but technically inferior Armagh side in a frenetic Division Two encounter.


Laois survive tense finale to stave off relegation

Laois 1-16 Down 2-10
It wasn’t quite a great escape but it was a dramatic afternoon for Laois, one that the final Division 2 table fails miserably to reflect.