Opinion: Different year, different story

By Michael McMullan WHEN the “game of inches” was rolled out as a sporting cliché, it fitted Benny Heron and Derry like a glove in Ballybofey last year. The Oakleafers outplayed them on Championship Sunday and Declan Bonner’s side were frantically treading water. Heron palmed Padraig Cassidy’s fisted cross off the underside of the bar, […]

Opinion: The Kingdom to double up

By Michael McMullan EARLIER in the season I had a feeling for Mayo lifting Sam. It has been fading and Sunday has made up my mind – Kerry are going to end their eight-year wait. Yes, I do agree that Mayo just rolled over and let them do as they liked and they’ll face tougher […]

Back in the swing of it

By Michael McMullan ULSTER GAA got their Wheelchair Sports programme back up and running earlier this month and are planning to add a juvenile section this year. Ulster, who handed out eight debuts, hosted the other three provinces in the opening run of the league in Omagh Leisure Centre and plans are already in place […]

Opinion: Time for the Oaks to kick on

By Michael McMullan THERE is enough to be positive from Derry’s season to leave the glass half full. Fans will be glad to see the back of Division Four and the recent shoots at underage level could help a sustained spell far away from any chance of dropping into a Tailteann Cup scenario. Going to […]

Opinion: Media need a wider canvas for showpiece weekend

By Michael McMullan IT’S now 12 months further away, but GAA fixture planners have been warned – get the final day of the league sorted. The debacle of Division Four not having all the games at the same time needs eradicated. That’s a basic requirement, but that’s only the beginning. Advertisement The divisions need staggered […]

Opinion: Fermanagh wronged in tight promotion battle

By Michael McMullan IT’S difficult not to feel sorry for Fermanagh.  Leading by point and in Westmeath’s backyard, they had a perfectly flighted score from the boot of Sean Quigley ruled as wide. Whether they would’ve built on a two-point lead in the remaining 15 minutes is as debatable as whether their wizard took four, […]

Kilcoo’s focus resets to defending their Down title

By Michael McMullan KILCOO will be a test for anyone in Ulster if they can defend their Down title later this season insists Conleith Gilligan. The All-Ireland champions lead the roll of honour with 19 titles, their most recent seeing the Frank O’Hare Cup return for a third successive season. Gilligan and Richard Thornton were […]