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Gary Brennan the catalyst as Clare break on through

Clare 2-12 Roscommon 1-9: The system may be broken, but the sights and sounds that spilled across the pitch after the final whistle in Sathill on Saturday were another reminder of the extra colour that the back door route can add to the championship.

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Liam Kearns hails the players as gutsy Tipperary have the last laugh

Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17: It was a good 15 minutes after the final whistle blew in Kingspan Breffni Park when Tipperary players fashioned a warmdown. Wholly understandable, of course. Evenings like these have to be celebrated and the instant reaction was to soak in the significance of this win with their band of supporters who flooded onto the pitch.

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WATCH: Aileen Wall causes chaos as Waterford overpower Armagh

Waterford 4-13 Armagh 2-13: Aileen Wall scored 2-4 from play, as Waterford knocked Armagh out of the TG4 All-Ireland ladies’ senior football championship on Saturday.

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Clare ‘learning to close games out’

It’s taken time for the recent exploits of Clare’s footballers to migrate beyond the county’s traditional heartlands but Odran O’Dwyer knew Colm Collins’ team was on to something when hurling folk began to mention them on their visits to his performance therapy clinic in Ennis.

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Michael Quinlivan says victory crucial for Tipperary’s long-term progression

Tipperary forward Michael Quinlivan insists that he has no regrets about turning down the chance to pursue a professional soccer career.

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Clare’s Keelan Sexton brings winning mentality

Although now in his second season on the Clare senior football panel, Kilmurry Ibrickane’s Keelan Sexton only turned 19 earlier this month.

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Derry boss Barton takes pop at his detractors

Damian Barton has had a pop at his detractors and quipped he “might just quit” if he steers Derry into the All- Ireland quarter-finals.

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Paddy Andrews confident Dublin have depth to stave off injury crisis

Back in mid-spring, canny punters felt they’d pulled off a rare coup by tying bookmakers to 66/1 odds on Dublin’s James McCarthy being named Footballer of the Year.

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Mike Quirke: We’ve turned refs into traffic cops without the speed guns

I was at a club game a couple of weeks back where, almost from the throw-in, the referee assumed the role of main protagonist.

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Diving furore took its toll, admits Tiernan McCann

Tyrone defender Tiernan McCann has admitted that dealing with the media storm that surrounded last summer’s diving debacle was difficult for him personally.

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Paddy Russell: Sin bin better than black card

Paddy Russell believes there is merit in replacing the black card automatic substitution with a sin-bin penalty.

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Peter Crowley recovers from horror ‘Braveheart’ clash during Kerry training

Peter Crowley has revealed how a horror training ground clash with Kerry colleague Johnny Buckley left his nose shattered and him resembling “an extra out of Braveheart”.

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I can handle the heat, says marked man Diarmuid Connolly

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly says he has learned to deal with the sort of provocation that Westmeath admitted to in the wake of last weekend’s Leinster football final.

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Eoin O’Neill: Donegal pose ‘formidable challenge’ to Cork

Cork football selector Eoin O’Neill has welcomed their fourth round draw against Donegal and believes the “formidable challenge” posed by the northerners will provide the perfect litmus test for Cork.

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Mark Collins: ‘Fear’ factor drove Cork

Mark Collins admits there was more on the line for the Cork footballers going to Longford on Saturday than just a qualifier win.

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Niall Morgan reveals the loose words that provoked Tyrone

Loose words from somebody in the Donegal camp at half-time in Sunday’s Ulster final inadvertently motivated Tyrone to victory, according to Niall Morgan.

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Gary Sice says Galway are revising game-plan

It’s been a fair while since we watched a Galway football team move with such swagger, such confidence. Too long, Gary Sice would argue.

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Luck of the draw gives Clare footballers first call on Podge Collins

Dual star Podge Collins will be available to the Clare footballers from the start for Saturday’s crucial All-Ireland qualifier clash with Roscommon despite hurling duty the following afternoon.

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Cork play down sideline ‘altercation’ talk

Cork GAA officials have dismissed suggestions there was an altercation between a Cork football panellist and member of the Rebel management at Saturday’s qualifier game with Longford.

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Eugene McGee urges appointment of 12 full-time referees to boost standard of officiating

Eugene McGee has called for the appointment of full-time referees in Gaelic football to improve the standard of officiating in the game.

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Jim Gavin disappointed with goading of Diarmuid Connolly

Jim Gavin last night admitted to a sense of disappointment at the post-match confession from his counterpart Tom Cribbin that Westmeath had attempted to provoke Diarmuid Connolly into a loss of temper.

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Sean Cavanagh: 'We became men today'

Tyrone 0-13 Donegal 0-11: “We became men today.” Seán Cavanagh had proven long before now that he is most certainly one of those but you knew what he meant. This Tyrone team hadn’t earned their spurs before yesterday. Now they have.

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Galway send message to Sam Maguire rivals

Galway 3-16 Roscommon 0-14: Sit up and take notice, was the Galway message. And in clinical style was it delivered.

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Tomás Quinn: Half-time switch by Jim Gavin the key call

Many coaches in sports these days talk about just being ‘figureheads’ for large management groups and facilitating the players’ efforts to improve and succeed as a team.

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Another rout as Dublin's Invincibles meet only token Westmeath resistance

Dublin 2-19 Westmeath 0-10: Same as it ever was, then. An 11th Leinster title in 12 seasons for Dublin, another lopsided scoreline and a renewed bout of hand-wringing as to what the rest of the province – and everyone else – can possibly do to reduce a gap that shows no sign of closing anytime soon.

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Subs arrive to guide Cork out of the ‘bearpit’

Longford 1-6 Cork 2-9: From limp to lively, Cork reached the last 12 of the All-Ireland SFC — the first time they have done so without reaching the Munster final since that glorious season of 2010.

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Two-week break has come at the right time for Cork, says Eoin O’Neill

Cork selector Eoin O’Neill admits the players and management require the two-week break between the weekend qualifier victory and their next backdoor game scheduled for Saturday week.

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Derry finish with a flourish to wear down 14-man Cavan

Cavan 0-18 Derry 1-17: Dynamic Derry timed their run to perfection to put 14-man Cavan to the sword in a pulsating All-Ireland SFC Qualifier at a sun-kissed Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday.

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‘Keeper Mairead O’Sullivan the hero as Cork book minor final spot

Holders Cork emerged from a game for the ages to book their place in a third successive All-Ireland minor A ladies football final.

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Six things we learned this weekend

The Red Hands are battle-hardened, writes Paul Keane.

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Stephen Rochford: ‘We need a 70-minute effort’

Mayo 2-17 Kildare 0-14: There was the 20-minute burst either side of half-time in the Connacht semi-final where they outscored Galway by 0-9 to 0-2.

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Colm Collins sparks Clare into life

Sligo 1-13 Clare 2-17: Clare boss Colm Collins refused to take credit for igniting a stunning second half comeback in Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier win against Sligo at Markievicz Park.

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Eight tense clashes between Donegal and Tyrone

After Donegal beat Cork in Ballyshannon in February, Neil McGee walked up the steps of the Aodh Ruadh clubhouse to speak to journalists. Concluding his duties, he wanted to know one result – how did Tyrone, a league lower, fare against Galway. “Good to know how the neighbours are getting on,” he smiled.

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Paul Bealin: Westmeath will find comfort in crowded defence

Sometimes it’s hard not to feel the lady doth protest too much. A year on from parking the bus at Croke Park in last year’s Leinster final — and doing a pretty good job of it for 40 minutes or so — Westmeath are talking about going for goals in tomorrow’s rematch. And lots of them.

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Mark McHugh back playing with smile on his face

When Donegal reclaimed the Anglo-Celt Cup in 2014, Jim McGuinness stated the win was his “best ever”.

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John Tobin says Galway forwards have more potential

He has had a foot in both camps and also has a helicopter view of what’s happening in the province, so it carries a bit of weight when John Tobin tips his native Galway to win tomorrow’s Connacht final replay in Castlebar.

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Cork on guard ahead of tough Pearse Park mission

A fortress? Hardly. Still, enough teams have left Pearse Park over the years with their summer in ruins to have the Cork footballers forewarned for their meeting with Longford this afternoon.

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Clare sights not wandering to final dozen ahead of Sligo meeting

Joe Hayes is unsure which provincial runners-up await Clare should Colm Collins’ side do the business in Markievicz Park this afternoon.

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How Kildare became the chart toppers for Emmet Bolton

While much of the focus on links between Mayo and Kildare revolve around Cian O’Neill - the Lilywhite manager who served as coach with the westerners when they reached the All-Ireland final in 2012 - there are other connections between the counties.

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Walsh-Cadogan return an ‘educated gamble’ says Cork football selector

Cork football selector Eoin O’Neill has described management’s decision to draft Aidan Walsh and Alan Cadogan onto the panel midway through the championship an “educated gamble”.

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Donegal v Tyrone: Three key battles in the Ulster SFC final

Alan Foley looks at the battles that could swing the game.

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Tyrone name unchanged team for Ulster decider

Mickey Harte has named an unchanged team from the one that hammered Cavan 5-18 to 2-17 in their Ulster SFC semi-final replay for Sunday’s final against Donegal at Clones, throw-in 2pm.

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Eyes on the prize for Cian O'Sullivan ahead of Dublin and Westmeath's Leinster football final

A Friday morning around the water cooler in the PwC offices can be a dangerous place for Cian O’Sullivan to find himself.

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Sledging won’t put Tyrone's Ronan O’Neill off his Ulster final mission

The precarious nature of Tyrone’s free-taking this summer isn’t lost on Ronan O’Neill. Didn’t he miss a couple of them against Cavan last day out?

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Sligo boss Niall Carew hoping to catch a familiar foe ahead of Clare clash

Niall Carew has no need to dig into his reservoir of Clare football DVDs ahead of tomorrow’s All-Ireland qualifier third round game in Markievicz Park. 

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Longford target another big scalp against Cork

Experienced Longford forward Brian Kavanagh insists his team won’t freeze against Cork as they bid to produce another massive shock this weekend.

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