JOE BROLLY: A PhD in Gaelic football

DUBLIN’S opening two boring defeats in the league prompted me to ask the question, “Why won’t they kick the ball in to Con O’Callaghan?” For those games, he was a peripheral presence, tracking back and tackling round the middle third, taking a hand-pass at the last minute in a crowded defence. What a waste. Like […]

Kerry v Tyrone: Blockbuster tussle on the cards

ALL-IRELAND SFC QUARTER-FINAL Tyrone v Kerry Sunday, Croke Park, 3.45pm Live on GAA GO By Niall Gartland WHO’D have anticipated a quarter of a century ago that Tyrone would go on to form one of the great gaelic footballing rivalries with the bluebloods from Kerry? Their looming All-Ireland quarter-final date has conjured up memories of […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Christmas comes early for football fans

CHRISTMAS has arrived a little early for us Gaels with this weekend’s games as the All-Ireland race will be cut down to the last four standing. If you had picked these fixtures, you couldn’t have done a better job. When the draw was announced on Monday, I think that every GAA person in the country […]

A seismic clash in Ballybofey

ALL-IRELAND SFC PRELIMINARY QUARTER-FINAL Donegal v Tyrone Saturday, Ballybofey, 7pm (LIVE ON GAA GO) By Niall Gartland Advertisement TYRONE versus Donegal at Ballybofey – it’s a familiar story, perhaps a little too familiar if you were hoping for something novel, something a little bit different to emerge from Monday morning’s Preliminary Quarter-Final draw. It’s the […]

McCurry recalled to starting line up for Donegal game

TYRONE have named their team for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SFC Preliminary Quarter-Final against Donegal in Ballybofey. There is only one change on the starting 15 with Darren McCurry returning to the side after sitting out last weekend’s clash against Westmeath, Meanwhile, Cathal McShane, who has struggled with injury as of late, has returned to the subs […]

Ballybofey bout could revive Tyrone’s campaign – McAliskey

By Niall Gartland TYRONE will head into the bearpit of Ballybofey with their championship campaign firmly on the line this Saturday, but Connor McAliskey believes they have what it takes to book their place in the last eight of the All-Ireland. The former Tyrone sharpshooter recognises that the team is yet to reach the heights […]

PREVIEW: Potential banana skin for Tyrone in Cavan

ALL-IRELAND SFC ROUND THREE Tyrone v Westmeath Sunday, Kingspan Breffni, 4pm(Live on GAA GO) By Niall Gartland PROGRESS out of the group stages has been presented as a fait accompli for Tyrone, but they can’t afford to rest on their laurels ahead of Sunday’s showdown against Westmeath in Kingspan Breffni. The mission for Tyrone (not to […]

Practice makes perfect for McCurry

By Niall Gartland DARREN McCurry is in the form of his life. Last year he was named man of the match in the All-Ireland final, won an All-Star and he was even labelled as the best forward in the country by Joe Brolly back in the springtime. The 29-year-old wasn’t afforded the same opportunity to […]

Brian McGuckin looks at what makes up his perfect player

WE asked former Tyrone player Brian McGuckin what made up his perfect player… INTELLIGENCE Brian McGuigan (Tyrone) / Malachy McGlinchey (Edendork) I would find it hard to pick one of them. MOTIVATOR Ronan McGuckin (Ballinderry) My cousin Ronan could definitely get you up for a game. STRENGTH Niall McCusker (Ballinderry) / John Mallon (Edendork) Neither […]