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Dublin boss Jim Gavin: "Opposing players seemed to put ref under pressure."

Jim Gavin: High card count ‘reactionary’

Jim Gavin described the eight cards shown to Dublin players – one red, five yellow and two black – as "reactionary", hinting that the Kerry footballers influenced referee Eddie Kinsella.

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Aidan O’Shea revels in new role as Mayo get back on track against Monaghan

Mayo 3-15 Monaghan 0-11
Life as a supporter of the Mayo football team is rarely dull and this was another tale of the unexpected as a match that had been predicted to be tight, tense and tactical turned out to be anything but at a windswept MacHale Park yesterday.

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Derry's Niall Holly breaks away from Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly during the Division One League clash at Omagh. Picture: Oliver McVeigh

Brian McIver blasts ‘hometown’ decisions as Derry held by Tyrone

Tyrone 0-11 Derry 1-8
Derry boss Brian McIver fumed at "hometown" decisions as a first league win was snatched away from his side by Tyrone’s late surge on Saturday night.

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Tommy Durnin, Louth, Louth, celebrates scoring a goal during the second half. Pic: Tomás Greally / SPORTSFILE

Louth shake off 14-man Wexford

Louth 1-16 Wexford 1-10
Louth took both points at Drogheda, coming good after a shaky start to the second half, to add to Wexford’s league troubles.

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Carlow on the rise

Carlow 0-11 Waterford 0-9
Carlow finished rock bottom of Division 4 in 2014, but an unbeaten start to this year’s spring campaign signals an upturn in fortunes.

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GOALBOUND: Armagh's Aidan Forker shoots past Limerick goalkeeper Brian Scanlon as Robert Browne tackles. Picture: Liam Burke

Dynamic Armagh reap rewards against Limerick

Limerick 1-6 Armagh 2-16
"It’s a long drive home, but we’re happy," said one of the men climbing into a car with a yellow registration plate yesterday afternoon in Kilmallock.

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Dublin's Michael Fitzsimons clashes with Kerry's Fionn Fitzgerald. Fitzsimons was subsequently sent off. Picture: Diarmuid Greene

Kerry’s kick-out homework pays off against Dublin

Kerry 0-15 Dublin 1-10
Strange how Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s first victory as Kerry manager over Dublin was achieved by snuffing out the one area where Jim Gavin’s charges have enjoyed near-total dominance in recent years.

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Gary Connaughton, Westmeath, makes a save during the match against Kildare in Newbridge. Picture: Sportsfile

Westmeath enjoy milestone victory against Kildare

Westmeath 0-15 Kildare 0-12
Westmeath recorded their first win of this year’s Division Two campaign in Newbridge yesterday, also registering a first ever league win over Kildare.

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Nothing lost bar two points, says Cork boss Brian Cuthbert

Brian Cuthbert wasn’t too despondent about Cork’s first dropped points of the campaign but rued their failure to use the wind in the first half.

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Donegal footballers survive late onslaught by Cork

Donegal 0-12 Cork 1-8
A pointless trip for Cork to Ballyshannon, but hardly fruitless as they almost eroded a seemingly unassailable Donegal second-half lead.

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Colm Bonnar seeks replay delay for exhausted WIT hurlers

Waterford IT manager Colm Bonnar has pleaded with Comhairle Ardoideachais chiefs to delay the Fitzgibbon Cup final replay until next week.

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McEntee: Players not technically competent as skills neglected

All-Ireland winning club football coach Tony McEntee has given a sobering summary of Gaelic football, suggesting that players at all ages and grades aren’t "technically competent".

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Rochestown’s dual incentive for victory

The Rochestown footballers are excused from their final three classes on Wednesday afternoon.

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New skipper Donaghy back in Kerry team for Dublin showdown

New Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy will make his first competitive start of the year in Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 clash with Dublin in Fitzgerald Stadium (2pm).

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Goold: We’re not getting carried away

Cork midfielder Fintan Goold insists the county’s experiences in last year’s Allianz FL Division 1 ensure nobody will be getting carried away with the good start in the current campaign.

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Four-goal Longford brush weak Wicklow outfit aside

Longford 4-13 Wicklow 1-5

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Louth do damage in opening quarter

Louth 3-11 Carlow 2-10

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Second-half goals seal it for Laois

Laois 4-12 Wexford 1-11

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Donaghy’s goodwill gesture praised

All-Ireland Club finalists Slaughtneil revealed Kerry star Kieran Donaghy sent a message of goodwill to Christopher Bradley for the shoulder tackle which may rule him out of the final on St Patrick’s Day.

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James O’Donoghue: Kerry are solid but not defensive

James O’Donoghue takes exception to the theory Kerry were defensive on their way to winning last year’s All-Ireland title.

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Back-up key for DCU says Niall Moyna

Niall Moyna hailed the strength-in-depth of the DCU bench as the defining factor in their fourth Sigerson Cup win.

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The highs and Lowe of Sigerson Cup glory for DCU

DCU 1-14 UCC 2-10 (AET): Not for one minute had Tadgh Lowe stood between the posts in either the Higher Education league or O’Byrne Cup.

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Niall Moyna: Play midweek Sigerson Cup finals

The Sigerson Cup finals weekend format is outdated and increases the risk of burnout, according to Niall Moyna.

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Connolly’s clinical second-half strike gets UCC motoring

Sigerson Cup semi-final
UCC 2-12 IT Carlow 0-8
Exchanges in the UCC dressing room at half-time can’t have been pleasant. 

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UCD fury as Smith’s injury time goal a winner for DCU

Sigerson Cup semi-final
DCU 2-8 UCD 0-11
Selector Brian Mullins moved into the centre of UCD’s post-match huddle. 

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Tipperary boss Peter Creedon first to get sideline ban for referee criticism

Tipperary manager Peter Creedon has been slapped with a one-match touchline ban for his recent criticism of referee David Coldrick.

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AIB sponsorship ties in with GAA strategy

THE announcement today confirming AIB as new associate sponsors of the All-Ireland SFC tallies with the GAA’s commercial bundle strategy in recent years.

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Paddy Brophy set for Eagles Aussie Rules debut

Paddy Brophy will play his first senior game for West Coast Eagles in a pre-season fixture against the Indigenous All Stars this morning.

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Niall Moyna keen to make major statement with a DCU victory

It is hard to imagine Niall Moyna experiencing a sweeter Sigerson Cup success with DCU if it occurs this weekend.

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John Divilly’s UCD face tough task to halt charge of DCU in Sigerson Cup

Sigerson Cup semi-finals DCU v UCD, Mardyke (R Hickey, Clare), 2pm

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Tomás Clancy determined to join UCC’s history-makers

Tomás Clancy is chasing his own piece of history this weekend.

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This is where we want to be, says Carlow IT boss Noel Garvan

They’ve no intention of apologising for their presence at the Mardyke, no intention of writing themselves off or treating today’s fixture against UCC as merely bonus territory.

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