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Mike Quirke: Drinking in the dark side of modern football

This bunch of stubborn jackeens are relentless, writes Mike Quirke

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David Gough: I didn’t see foul on Peter Crowley

Referee David Gough has told Kerry supporters that he didn’t have clear sight of Kevin McManamon’s challenge on Peter Crowley in the closing stages of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.

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Jack McCarron hoping ‘rough years’ are behind him

Injury plagued Monaghan attacker Jack McCarron is keeping his fingers crossed that he’s finally turned his back on a ‘rough’ few years.

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Not all doom, says Ruairí Deane

Such has been the negative commentary directed at the Cork football camp in recent weeks that it’s become impossible for Peadar Healy’s charges to ignore the noise.

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Shared points and frustrations between once-great rivals

These are the afternoons managers walk slowly from the debris of another collapsed first floor, foundations they thought solid now barely discernible amid the rubble. 

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Dublin have forgotten how to lose

As second-half additional time approached on Saturday night, the home crowd in Austin Stack Park gurgled with excitement at the prospect of Dublin being downed on the precipice of emulating Kerry’s all-time unbeaten record.

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Rumours of Donegal demise appear greatly exaggerated

When there was a spate of retirements and non-committals over the winter months, Donegal’s obituary was being penned in some quarters.

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McStay accepts Rossies need a miracle

Kevin McStay claims only a miracle will save his struggling Roscommon side from relegation as they continue to hunt their first win of the campaign.

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Inconsistent Cork throw away a winning hand

Andy McEntee’s assessment that both Cork and Meath are a “little fragile” at present was right on the money.

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McKiernan king as Cavan end 13-year hoodoo

The compelling story of this season’s National League took another dramatic twist in Castlebar yesterday when the Cavan footballers ended a 13-year wait for a win in the top division.

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Magic from Quinlivan sparks spectacular Tipp turnaround

Tipperary rode their luck but came away from Tullamore with the win that puts them top of the pile in Division 3 on scoring difference. A moment of brilliance from Michael Quinlivan in the 53rd minute to give Tipp their second goal helped them erode a six-point deficit to eventually get over the line by four.

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Goal-hungry Tribesmen edge closer to top-flight return

Yet, a modern analyst would probably focus more on slack defending than anything else, with both sides needing to shore up their rearguards if progress is to be made in the remainder of the league and into the championship.

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O’Neill gamble pays dividends as Slattery shines

Cian O’Neill’s half-time gamble paid rich dividends as Kildare remain on course for successive promotions.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice: Incredible Dublin are ‘some team’ but still beatable

That Dublin walloped Mayo by 12 points last time out didn’t surprise Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

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Oisin McConville: Not pretty, but Dr Crokes just needed to get over the line

On this occasion Slaughtneil’s discipline let them down just when they needed to be at their best, writes Oisin McConville.

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Kerry are now underdogs, but Dublin aren't gloating

There was a time when the mention of Dublin’s senior footballers in a Kerry pub didn’t compel patrons to drink deep (to paraphrase the Austin Clarke poem). That was when the idea of a Dublin manager extending his record against Kerry to seven wins from eight meetings would have been ridiculed.

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Eoin O’Neill: ‘When is the last time Joe Brolly saw us play?’

Cork football selector Eoin O’Neill described the criticism after their eight-point loss to Clare as “over the top” and “unjustifiably severe”.

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Cracking Dr Crokes take final step

Dr Crokes (Kerry) 1-9 Slaughtneil (Derry) 1-7: “For 25 years, we’ve tried to come back up those steps,” gushed Dr Crokes captain Johnny Buckley from the Hogan Stand podium. “We’ve had a lot of disappointments but I’m here to say that the Andy Merrigan Cup is coming back to Killarney.”

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Johnny Buckley with his father and Dr Crokes selector Mike Buckley in the Crokes clubhouse in Killarney. Picture: Cathal Noonan

Dr Crokes ready to match the men of ‘92

The indefatigable John Evans — he of Knocknagoshel, Tipperary, Roscommon, and several points in between, though mainly Killorglin — tweeted this week a modest little reminder of the last Kerry club to win an All- Ireland senior title.

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Cork's Dave Barry battling for the ball with Meath's Colm Coyle in the 1988 All-Ireland SFC final in Croke Park. Picture: Sportsfile

It took a death to break the ice between Cork and Meath

Current Meath manager Andy McEntee never made it onto the field of play for the 1988 All-Ireland final replay win over Cork.

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The Kerry team of 1929 who won the National League and All-Ireland titles in the same year.

‘Champions of the World’: Unbeaten Kerry’s first golden years

The Kingdom’s incredible winning streak over 90 years ago was all the more remarkable given the political tensions with the squad, writes Richard McElligott.

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Mickey Whelan: Time to ban football handpass

Former Dublin coach Mickey Whelan is in favour of abolishing the handpass in Gaelic football.

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Brendan Rodgers relishes prospect of keeping legend Colm Cooper quiet

Brendan Rodgers would welcome the opportunity to mark Colm Cooper in today’s AIB All-Ireland club football final.

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Killian Young defends Kerry decision to stage big match in Tralee

Kerry defender Killian Young has defended the decision to host Saturday’s blockbuster Allianz football league tie with Dublin at Austin Stack Park in Tralee and not Killarney.

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Kerry cruise but stiffer tests await

Kerry 1-18 Waterford 0-7: That his charges never went beyond second gear didn’t bother Jack O’Connor. The Kerry U21s travelled to Dungarvan to do a job and did it with the minimum of fuss. Statements of intent can wait for Páirc Uí Rinn in two weeks.

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Dr Crokes’ Harry O’Neill: Keeping it in the family

Management loses games, players win them (Great GAA truisms, No 53 in a series). On the bad days, the ditch carps and criticises and moans about the sideline. Lambasts may be the association term. Clueless clowns. On Lewis Road in Killarney, you might catch a carp or two on the odd occasion Dr Crokes lose a game, but it’ll be a brave ditch hurler all the same. Or a fool.

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Cork edge through as Limerick pay the penalty

Cork 2-10 Limerick 0-10: In the end, Cork reached a seventh straight EirGrid Munster U21FC final as Limerick were overcome at Páirc Uí Rinn last night, but it was far from straightforward.

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Pressure is off for Slaughtneil, says Chrissy McKaigue

There is a strong chance, according to the bookies at least, that Slaughtneil will leave Croke Park tomorrow as an AIB All-Ireland final runner-up for the second time in three seasons.

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