Scrutiny comes with territory

Before throw-in in Omagh on Sunday, April 6, Jim Gavin was asked by TG4 presenter Micheál Ó Domhnaill about Bernard Brogan, who had been named to make his first start of the year.


O’Mara defends Cavan’s ‘most horrible’ style

Alan O’Mara has insisted Cavan will ignore jibes about their style and keep playing to their strengths as they aim to turn success at U21 level into trophies on the senior stage.


Free-scoring Clare cruise past Limerick

Clare 2-17 Limerick 3-07
Both Clare and Limerick minor footballers faced into last night’s Munster championship qualifier in Newcastlewest hoping to put heavy opening defeats behind them.


FRC recommendations fail to find favour with Cork delegates

Cork have given short shrift to all but one of the Football Review Committee’s competition structure proposals.


Confident McKaigue doesn’t worry about Derry’s doubters

If you’re a Derry football fan and you place a premium on statistics, then you may not view an Allianz Football League final outing as a particularly good thing.


McBrearty warns Donegal club and county standoff must be resolved

Donegal footballer Paddy McBrearty has warned that the ongoing standoff between club and county cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely.


All-action O’Gara may be kept in reserve

Eoghan O’Gara dismissed the suggestion that he may be struggling with a toe injury, but the sight of him at a press conference yesterday was enough to suspect he may not make the first XV for this Sunday’s Allianz Division 1 decider.


Cork again out of luck

Cork 3-12 Roscommon 1-19
Where else to start but the finish?


Ref calls anger Cavan

Dublin 0-11 Cavan 0-10
If such a thing as a disrepute charge exists in the GAA for questioning the Association’s integrity, the Cavan county board may fear one landing on their door mat this week.


We were hard done by, says exasperated Hayes

Sean Hayes’ face in the minutes after the final whistle went far beyond disappointment.


Farrell says favourites have plenty left in the tank

By hook or by crook — and furious Cavan may just argue it is the latter — Dublin could yet win this Cadbury All-Ireland U-21 football championship as they’ve been tipped to do so from the outset.


Kirwan strikes late for Rathgormack

Rathgormack sub Jamie Kirwan grabbed a decisive goal in injury time at Fraher Field on Saturday to secure their first win of 2014 and inflict a second defeat on Clashmore.


Condon's goal makes it safe for Seandún

Beara 0-15 Seandún 1-17
Seandún progressed to the next round of the Cork SFC Divisional/Colleges section following a deserved victory over Beara yesterday.


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.