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    Huge win for Dublin, know some Hurling only Dubs who were there tonight, delighted for them.

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      Roscommon looked in dire trouble when trailing by ten points to five at half-time, but completely dominated the second 35 minutes to win by four.

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        In hurling, it's a Tipp v Limerick Munster final, as the home side complete a 100% round-robin in Thurles, Clare also win against Cork in Ennis, but are eliminated on score difference.

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          Very bad weekend for Galway, at least the footballers have a second chance but they'll have to improve a lot on their second half performance.

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            The busiest weekend of the season, featuring no fewer than eleven football ties:

            All-Ireland Qualifiers, Round Two:

            Is expected to be dominated by the Division One teams, though Leitrim v Clare and Laois v Derry are both 50/50 calls:

            Limerick v Westmeath
            Leitrim v Clare
            Offaly v Sligo
            Down v Mayo
            Monaghan v Armagh
            Longford v Tyrone
            Antrim v Kildare
            Derry v
            Laois

            Munster Football Final: Cork v Kerry

            Like last year, attendance will be dented doubly by the Cork venue and the 7 p.m. Saturday throw-in time, along with the Rebels not recording a victory in this fixture since 2012. Cork are reportedly excelling in challenge matches (which has the same caveats as "flying in training"), but Kerry should prevail, being forewarned by the tricky prospect of meeting Mayo or Tyrone in the qualifiers.

            Ulster Football Final: Cavan v Donegal

            Cavan are the Uruguay of Gaelic football, with a trophy-laden history and a small population, but little success since 1970. Donegal have been battle-hardened competitors for much of this decade, and should have enough nous to unnerve the Breffni County.

            Leinster Football Final: Dublin v Meath

            The Dubs are targeting their 14th provincial crown in 15 seasons, the sole exception being Meath's asterisk-worthy robbery of Louth in 2010. Kildare were dismissed with contemptuous ease in the semi-final, but can the Royals at least keep the margin of defeat in single digits?

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              There are times when GAA followers become increasingly cynical of the inter-county scene, but Leitrim hurlers have won their first-ever national title, defeating Lancashire 2-23 to 2-22 after extra time to lift the Lory Meagher Cup - the only counties yet to win any laurels since the inception of lower-tier tournaments are Cavan, Monaghan, and Wicklow, who might have been expected to fare better.

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                Meath return to the Joe McDonagh after winning the Christy Ring decider against Down, 4-19 to 2-15.

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                  Kildare give Antrim the expected hiding by 11 points in the qualifiers.

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                    Derry v Laois and Longford v Tyrone just started, first too close to call but I'll go for Laois, Tyrone may find it more difficult than most people will think but they should progress.

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                      Tyrone cruising into round three as expected, but Laois and Derry still level in the closing stages.

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                        Looks all the remaining Division Four counties will be exiting tonight - Limerick trail Westmeath by 7 at the break, while Leitrim are getting a flaking from Clare (2-12 to 0-6 at HT). Laois did defeat Derry by 1-12 to 0-12, while Tyrone, predictably, defeated Longford by four (2-15 to 1-14), even though the Midlanders scored the final 1-3 without reply of the contest.

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                          Kerry leading by 7 at ht,Mayo leading Down and Armagh ahead of Monaghan.

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                            Pretty much a 6/10 Kerry performance so far - excellent going forwards, but still getting torn to shreds any time a player runs straight at them, would have easily coughed up at least another two goals against Dublin or Mayo.

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                              Make that 4/10 - a shocking second half display, even in victory - certainly wouldn't trouble Mayo or Tyrone in the Super 8s, at any rate. Monaghan are the first Division One casualty of the season, with Armagh dispatching them by 2-17 to 1-12.

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                                This is a bizarre Leinster final - Dublin lead 0-5 to 0-1 in first-half injury time.

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                                  Bizarre is one way of describing it, at least you can change channels.

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                                    Donegal certainly won't be frightened by the champions' performance.

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                                      Originally posted by Diable Rouge View Post
                                      There are times when GAA followers become increasingly cynical of the inter-county scene, but Leitrim hurlers have won their first-ever national title, defeating Lancashire 2-23 to 2-22 after extra time to lift the Lory Meagher Cup - the only counties yet to win any laurels since the inception of lower-tier tournaments are Cavan, Monaghan, and Wicklow, who might have been expected to fare better.

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                                      As always the GAA are insanely and hilariously pleased with themselves that a foreigner plays one of their games. I'm not sure if this is more or less exciting than the time a black lad played for Westmeath.

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                                        Originally posted by seand View Post

                                        As always the GAA are insanely and hilariously pleased with themselves that a foreigner plays one of their games. I'm not sure if this is more or less exciting than the time a black lad played for Westmeath.
                                        Oh, he's still with them. Guaranteed to have at least one Division Three team in the final round of qualifiers, while Tyrone won't relish travelling to Newbridge:

                                        Round Three Qualifier Draw:

                                        Mayo v Armagh
                                        Kildare v Tyrone
                                        Westmeath v Clare
                                        Laois v Offaly

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                                          That Kildare game could be a cracker, Tyrone haven't set the world on fire yet. Mayo against Armagh is hardly a gimme for the home side either.

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                                            Round Three Football Qualifiers:

                                            Kildare v Tyrone (5 p.m. Saturday):

                                            Newbridge is certainly a tricky venue for visiting sides, as Mayo discovered last year, and the atmosphere should certainly favour the Lilywhites. That said, Tyrone are used to similar occasions in Ulster, and should have sufficient quality to narrowly prevail here.

                                            Westmeath v Clare (6 p.m., "):

                                            An unusual Cusack Park face-off, despite the respective stadia being in different provinces, with both counties honouring the GAA founder. It has already been a fruitful 2019 for the Midlanders, winning promotion to Division Two, and defeating two other Munster counties to arrive at this juncture. Still, the Banner showed their exposure to a higher standard of football in their dismissal of Leitrim, and can pull off another away ambush here.

                                            Laois v Offaly (7 p.m., "):

                                            Unusual for the Faithful footballers to have a lengthier summer than the hurlers, but owing largely to the luck of the draw, as the lowest-ranked county remaining have yet to meet a side above Division Three after being defeated by Meath. The same applies to Laois, who also lost to the Royals, but successive promotions suggest they have greater fortitude in this instance.

                                            Mayo v Armagh (7 p.m., "):

                                            Every year, columnists decide that this is the last-chance saloon for the Westerners in pursuit of their Holy Grail, and in truth, the law of diminishing returns increasingly applies. After defeats to Galway in recent years, and Roscommon this summer, the battle for Sam appears distinctly Sisyphean, and while they should prevail this weekend, the Super 8s appear a bridge too far.

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                                              Hurling - Joe McDonagh Cup Final: Laois v Westmeath

                                              A busy weekend for the O'Moore County, facing a second Midlands derby in the space of 24 hours, albeit in the small ball game here. Their group encounter finished in a draw, suggesting little between the sides, and this is the Lake County's second consecutive decider, having lost to Carlow in 2018. However, Laois have suggested against Kerry and Antrim that they have the greater potential for improvement. The winners will play Cork in the All-Ireland series, the losers face Dublin.

                                              ​​​​​​Munster Hurling Final: Limerick v Tipperary

                                              The All-Ireland champions face the 100% team of this year's renewal, though the Shannonsiders did rest a number of regulars in their round-robin meeting. Tipp have been scoring for fun, routinely breaching the 30-point barrier this summer, and a surprising Limerick frailty indicates underlying problems unlikely to be addressed by Sunday.

                                              Leinster Hurling Final: Kilkenny v Wexford

                                              It's fair to say neither manager is particularly beloved by neutrals, with Davy Fitzgerald prone to volcanism in his interactions with officialdom, while the expectoration-prone Cody reduced the Championship to a procession when the Cats were at their peak. As for this Sunday, a shock may well be on the cards, as the Model County displayed true grit in the course of their three Leinster draws, whereas Kilkenny were found badly wanting in their defeat to the now eliminated Galway.

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                                                Plans for the proposed Tier 2 Championship have been revealed by the GAA, while the club finals would be held in January.

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                                                  Tyrone win rather comfortably in Newbridge, 2-22 to 1-15.
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                                                    Clare and Mayo both win by the bare minimum, Laois defeat Offaly by five. Pleasingly, there are three teams from each province in the final 12, and thus two from each in the final round of qualifiers.

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