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Love bombing begins ahead of ‘dream final’

As football game plans go for underdogs, this was almost utopian.

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Dubs helpless as Donegal move in for kill

Dublin 3-14 Donegal 0-17
When Neil Lennon left Celtic in May, Jim McGuinness was 40/1 to move a few rungs up the ladder in Glasgow.

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Horan at end of road as Kerry drive on

Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (aet)
Where do you want to start?

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GAA chiefs to probe unsavoury scenes

GAA chiefs and Gardaí are likely to review footage of the unsavoury scenes which marred the end of the epic All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening.

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Impact subs living up to their name for Kingdom

Some of the hits on Saturday were breathtaking.

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O’Donoghue savours titanic tussle with Higgins

He’s had a long innings in the Kerry jersey, but Aidan O’Mahony still felt Saturday evening in Limerick was special.

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Reilly’s officiating lacked consistency

Every referee has his own style and interpretation but the first duty in the GAA’s Official Guide is to control the game in accordance with the playing rules.

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Duffy admits Dublin may not be alone in facing cuts

GAA director general Páraic Duffy has revealed Dublin will not be the only county hit with a reduction in central funding.

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Moran: You have to enjoy good days

Happiest man in Limerick on Saturday evening?

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No early return for Gooch

For the second time in the space of three weeks, Eamonn Fitzmaurice has denied Colm Cooper is a live contender for action this year.

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O’Shea refused blood-sub entry

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea was not permitted back onto the pitch at the start of Saturday’s second half as a blood substitute.

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One for the ages, one for all ages

In a restaurant on the outskirts of Limerick Saturday night, we happened upon a man who knows a thing or three about the unforgiving crucible that is the business end of the football championship.

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Horan’s loss to Mayo football hard to convey

An admission first.

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McGee: It was like Ali v Foreman

Jim McGuinness was worried, damn worried, midway through that first half when Dublin were motoring through Donegal and popping over points at will from distance.

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Lack of killer instinct back to haunt Dublin

It seemed almost ludicrous to question the killer instinct of a side that had amassed 9-88 in four games this summer, but the suspicion that Dublin lacked a killer instinct was only confirmed at Croke Park yesterday.

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Defensive frailties prove fatal for Dubs

"There’s no right or wrong way to play Gaelic football and that’s the beauty about the sport"
— Dublin manager Jim Gavin in the build up to his teams’ semi-final against Donegal.

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Dublin and the rest of the country underestimated us, says Reid

Donegal backroom member Donal Reid claimed Dublin underestimated them in their shock All-Ireland semi-final victory over the champions.

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Hurley’s ’Haven absence gets Carbery ‘out of jail’

Castlehaven 1-11 Carbery Rangers 1-11
The enforced absence of star full-forward Brian Hurley for a ten-minute period early in the second half proved costly for Castlehaven in a riveting Cork SFC fourth round clash at Clonakilty on Saturday.

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Champs Rathnew remain in hunt

Defending champions Rathnew have booked their place in Wicklow’s SFC semi-finals following a three points win (2-15 to 3-9) in a five goal shoot-out with Blessington at Aughrim on Saturday.

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Casey and Cantwell power De La Salle into quarter-finals

2013 intermediate champions De La Salle have reached the Waterford SFC quarter-finals after a tense 2-8 to 1-10 win over Ballinameela in Fraher Field last night.

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Carrickmore reach final

Carrickmore qualified for a second successive Tyrone SFC final with a 2-7 to 0-11 win over Ardboe at Pomeroy last night.

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McDermott the ace for Ballinagh

County star Niall McDermott showed his class in guiding holders Ballinagh to a gritty 0-19 to 2-11 victory in their Cavan SFC group stage clash with neighbours Denn at Kingspan Breffni Park.

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Summerhill in knockout stages

There are nine teams left in the race for the Meath SFC following the concluding round of group games over the weekend when holders Summerhill recovered from two defeats and a draw to advance to the knockout stages.

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O’Donnell inspirational as indomitable Donegal see off Dublin to claim historic victory

Donegal 1-12 Dublin 1-11
Donegal manager Declan Bonner hailed history maker Ethan O’Donnell as the Ulster champions secured a first ever All-Ireland minor football final place in dramatic circumstances.

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Donaghy ’back to player-of-the-year form’: Fitzmaurice

KERRY 3-16 MAYO 3-13 (after extra-time)

Eamonn Fitzmaurice hailed Kieran Donaghy as back to his 2006 footballer-of-the-year form as he helped guide Kerry to a pulsating extra-time win over Mayo in Limerick.

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11 reasons to fear replays

The Americans touched down (yes, it’s a pun) on Irish soil yesterday morning and must have wondered what the fuss was all about. "A replay, you say? You must mean action replay?"

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McEniff has faith in mastermind McGuinness

Brian McEniff fancies Jim McGuinness on Sunday to make up for the last time he faced Jim Gavin in Championship football.

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Friends of Anthony Barrett, the creator of this intricate  giant stonework 'Sam Maguire' admire his work. Barrett is confident he will be decorating it in Donegal colours for the All-Ireland football final.

Donegal’s hopes of Sam set in stone

One man believes that Donegal will lift Sam Maguire again this year, and he’s even written it in stone.

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Supporters refute criticism from outgoing Déise boss Carew

Waterford GAA supporters group Club Déise have strongly refuted claims that they didn’t cooperate with outgoing football manager Niall Carew.

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Limerick keen to make replay first of many

Limerick football chairman John Cregan hopes the county can set a precedent for more major championship games to be held at the Gaelic Grounds.

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Pride Parade will add to congestion in Limerick

Kerry and Mayo fans travelling to Limerick for Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay are being advised to travel early as the city will be thronged for one of the biggest gay, lesbian and transgender parades ever organised in this country.

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Dublin's Paul Flynn  at the adidas Predator Incurza Kicking Masterclass yesterday at Old Belvedere Rugby Club, Dublin. The boot, which Flynn wears, is designed with two precision kicking zones giving GAA and rugby players greater control and accuracy.

Flynn fires warning shot as Dubs ready to explode

All Ireland SFC semi-final
Donegal v Dublin
Sunday: Croke Park, 3.30pm

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Mickey Ned O'Sullivan

O’Sullivan: Replay ‘taking second place to financial greed’

Former Kerry footballer Mickey Ned O’Sullivan has slammed the decision of "corporate Croke Park" to stage Saturday’s semi-final replay at the Gaelic Grounds, believing the venue choice is a slap in the face to both sets of players.

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Jim McGuinness

Donegal boss, Jim McGuinness, admits 2011 plan a non-starter

Donegal boss Jim McGuinness admits the cautious defensive approach his team employed in the 2011 All-Ireland semi-final will not work against an evolving Dublin on Sunday.

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Simon Moroney

GAA chiefs anticipate 44,500 sell-out for semi-final replay

GAA chiefs are predicting a sell-out for Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Mayo and Kerry at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds.

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Mayo v Kerry, March 2014

Ó Sé wants Kelly to make better use of kick-outs

Tomás Ó Sé has questioned the kick-out policy of Kerry goalkeeper Brian Kelly during the second half of Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final draw.

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Decision to fix replay in Limerick ‘terribly unfair"

Mayo fans face a nightmare journey to Limerick on Saturday with many planning on staying in the Treaty City to avoid massive tailbacks expected after the All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay.

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Jim McGuinness

Cassidy hits out at ‘silly’ Abramovich comparison

Kevin Cassidy has described Jim McGuinness’ comparison of Dublin with Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea as "silly".

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Mayo’s appeal against Limerick replay venue likely to be turned down

Mayo’s request for next Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay with Kerry in Limerick to be postponed and held in Croke Park seven days later is unlikely to be entertained by the GAA.

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Coldrick correct with Keegan red card call

David Coldrick succeeded in getting a high percentage of calls right in yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final.

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Eagles slump but won’t rush new appointment

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham United 3
Steve Parish is "in no rush" to secure Crystal Palace’s new manager, according to caretaker boss, Keith Millen.

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Spillane points Kerry towards title

Kerry 1-14 Mayo 2-07
It tells a tale of exactly how long it’s been since Kerry last won an All-Ireland minor title that Mike Frank Russell was still a relative unknown.

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O’Connor: We settled them down at half-time

Jack O’Connor admitted 20 years is too long for Kerry to be still searching for an All-Ireland minor title.

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Both sides winners in tactical battle

The old cliché goes ‘semi-finals are about winning’.

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Both sides draw comfort from Croker classic

Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16
Brilliant. Bizarre.

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We had a lucky escape

In the end, there were no recriminations from Eamonn Fitzmaurice for his players.

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Dromcollogher-Broadford bounce back

Four of the six knockout places in the Limerick SFC were decided over the weekend after round four of the group stages while the remaining two quarter-final places will be determined after the final round of games next month.

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Éire Óg set up St Joseph’s clash

The quarter-final pairings for the Clare SFC were finalised at the weekend.

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Hodnett happy as revamped Rossa’s hard work finally reaps rich reward

O’Donovan Rossa 1-14 Douglas 1-06
Gaining a quarter-final place in the Cork SFC against Nemo Rangers, a very unlikely possibility after their first-round loss to Clyda Rovers, proved comparatively easy for O’Donovan Rossa in Clonakilty yesterday.

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Seasiders set up Moycullen showdown

The favourite to take over from Alan Mulholland as Galway manager, Kevin Walsh, saw his Micheal Breathnach side crash out of the Galway SFC yesterday as Salthill/Knocknacarra prevailed on a of 3-10 to 0-13 scoreline in atrocious conditions at Moycullen.

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Carrickmore scrape home

Carrickmore scraped past Augher to avoid a shock in the Hunky Dorys Tyrone SFC at Dunmoyle (0-10 to 0-8).

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Holders Portlaoise survive Emo scare

Portlaoise got a mighty scare from Emo yesterday before reaching the quarter-finals of the Laois SFC.

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