Any bid to take Dublin outside Croker must come via Congress

Any attempt to change Dublin’s home advantage situation in the Super 8 will likely have to come from the floor of Congress next year.

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Éamonn Fitzmaurice: Social media a ‘challenge’ for Kingdom

Kerry boss Éamonn Fitzmaurice admits that the negativity and criticisms faced by inter-county players in the social media age are “challenging”.

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All the permutations ahead of the final round of the Super 8s

A draw in Salthill means whatever Kerry do against Kildare in Killarney on Saturday evening will not be enough to earn them an All-Ireland semi-final from Group 1. Only a victory for Galway, who have already secured a last-four place, can save the Kingdom from going out.

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Red Hands sweat over McNamee fitness ahead of Donegal clash

Tyrone could be without their two most experienced defenders for Sunday’s must-win Super 8 clash with Donegal.

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Galway clash akin to Ulster showdown, says Colin Walshe

Monaghan captain Colin Walshe reckons their Super 8s encounter with Galway is going to feel like a typical Ulster championship showdown.

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I blame myself for Kerry’s late escape, admits Colin Walshe

Monaghan captain Colin Walshe says he’s more disappointed with himself than referee Maurice Deegan after failing to overcome Kerry last weekend.

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A Small break from Dublin bubble before getting back to business

There’s no such thing as small talk with Dublin.

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Roscommon boss Kevin McStay misses Dublin date after accepting 12-week ban

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay will not be on the sidelines for his side’s clash with Dublin on August 5 after accepting a 12-week ban handed down by the GAA.

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Pragmatic Conor McManus demands Monaghan dust themselves off

Conor McManus had every right to feel shortchanged in Clones on Sunday.

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David Clifford times it perfectly to come of age for Kerry

Give David Clifford time, people said. Don’t expect too much in his first season at senior, they advised. Think long term.

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Kerry vulnerable to draw in Salthill

David Clifford’s last-gasp goal against Monaghan may have kept Kerry’s season alive, but their prospects of qualifying from Group 1 of the Super 8 are now out of their own hands.

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Éamonn Fitzmaurice grasps Kerry's last-ditch reprieve

Try telling Éamonn Fitzmaurice that a draw is like kissing your sister.

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Cian O’Neill rages against ref as Galway secure semi spot

At the end of another Newbridge epic involving western opposition, both managers had one thing in common — they didn’t enjoy the game very much.

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Tyrone make Dublin look vulnerable

A game that smouldered, smoked and crackled, may not be recalled as a classic in years to come, but it offered enough to light the beginnings of a fire under the damp woodpile that had been the Super 8s.

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Jim Gavin hails Dublin's defensive display after tough test against Tyrone

Jim Gavin has a reputation as something of a closed book when it comes to his media utterances, but his approach has always been more tactical and nuanced than that.

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Donegal's Magical Murphy casts a spell on rudderless Roscommon

Strange old evening in the Hyde. This was judgment day for both Roscommon and Donegal; the latter needing a win to keep alive their championship involvement, the former needing to justify their continuing July presence.

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Roscommon manager Kevin McStay in hot water over sideline altercation with linesman

Kevin McStay, who is looking at a lengthy sideline ban after appearing to push and throw a football at a linesman, believes match officials should come under the same scrutiny as players and managers.

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Comment: Kevin McStay’s actions out of order

The main talking point of the weekend from an officiating perspective took place at Dr Hyde Park on Saturday evening where Kevin McStay showed his frustration after Roscommmon didn’t get a free when Donegal’s Stephen McMenamin appeared to foul Diarmuid Murtagh.

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Roscommon manager denies intentionally throwing football at linesman’s head

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay insists he did not intentionally throw a football at the linesman’s head at half-time in their Super 8s defeat to Donegal.

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Roscommon out of Super 8s despite ultra-defensive strategy against Donegal

Roscommon became the first county to exit the Super 8s, Kevin McStay’s charges ultra-defensive approach unable to prevent a second successive defeat of this new-look All-Ireland quarter-final format.

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Monaghan V Kerry the latest chapter of a bitter rivalry

It’s almost comical now but at the time, Paul Galvin was aching. Coming off the field after clearly being targeted by Monaghan for 50 minutes, his body was aching. Pat O’Shea’s pat on the back only aggravated his war wounds.

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‘Significant shift’ in Croke Park sentiment, says Paul Finlay

Former Monaghan player Paul Finlay says the sizeable anti-Croke Park sentiment marks a “significant shift” away from how headquarters was perceived a decade ago.

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Mickey Harte unsure if Tyrone are better primed to take on Dublin this time

Mickey Harte has admitted he doesn’t know whether his Tyrone side are better prepared to handle the might of the Dubs than they were last year, when they crashed to a 12-point defeat at Croke Park.

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No place to Hyde in the last chance saloon for Roscommon and Donegal

While all three of the other Super 8 fixtures this weekend feature sides who possess ambitions of putting eight or nine toes into an All-Ireland semi-final, at Hyde Park the combatants aren’t thinking that far ahead as they’re fighting for their Championship lives.

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Kieran Murphy looks to seize second chance at Kerry junior stepping stone

That Kerry take the junior football grade as serious as they do has been a blessing for Kieran Murphy.

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Niall Carew sees scope for Kildare to upset Galway

Niall Carew believes Kildare’s dreadful record against Galway is a focus more of supporters and media than it would ever be for the players, maintaining that it will have no bearing on proceedings when they cross swords in Newbridge tomorrow.

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Comer: Tribe hurlers inspired us

Galway captain Damien Comer believes that watching the Liam MacCarthy Cup return west for the first time since 1988 lit a fire under the footballers this year.

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Donegal, Tyrone, and Lilies may yet count cost of frees

Kildare and Tyrone may enjoy home comforts in this weekend’s second round of the Super 8 but the difference between the number of frees they are pointing compared to those that are being converted against them should worry both sides.

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Tyrone must plan without McCarron for Dublin test

Tyrone will be without experienced defender Cathal McCarron for Saturday’s Super 8s clash with All-Ireland champions Dublin.

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