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 […]

Short turnaround isn’t ideal says Dooher

By Niall Gartland BRIAN Dooher is mindful of the quick turnaround facing his players before Saturday evening’s Division One league clash at home to Mayo. Tyrone felt the brunt of a disappointing one-point to defeat to Galway on Sunday, amplifying the significance of their second game against Connacht opposition in successive weekends. The Red Hands […]

JOE BROLLY: Boring Dublin

I WATCHED the Derry game in Smyths in Ranelagh with Sean Muldoon from the Loup. Three Englishmen were in the booth with us and were intrigued by the game. We explained the rules to them – three points for a goal, a point for a point, the solo, the bounce, the tackle. They could not […]

JOE BROLLY: Won’t somebody please think of the audience?

AFTER 29 minutes of the Mayo Senior Football final on Sunday, co-commentator John Maughan said, “All I can do is apologise to the viewers for this really terrible spectacle. I’m not sure it’s going to get any better.” At half time, hundreds of people upped and left, leaving empty rows of seats in the middle of […]

Rule of the week: The ball on the ground

A RECENT addition to Gaelic Life is the Rule of the Week and here is this week’s example. By Michael McMullan MAYO fans were on their feet. Jordan Flynn rifled a close-range shot to the net in the first half of Sunday’s defeat to Dublin. But it didn’t count. At the time, it appeared a […]

JACK MADDEN: Salthill success on the cards for Galway

YOU’D wonder what went through Shane Walsh’s head as the ball hung high in the dark grey Carrick-on-Shannon sky. It hadn’t been his day. The magic moment you come to expect slipped from his grasp. Rip up the script. Less than 24 hours previously, Toulouse defeated Ronan O’Gara’s Stade Rochelais to win the French Top14 title. […]

Monaghan revel in greater freedom

By Michael McMullan MONAGHAN minors revelled in the freedom granted by Mayo’s style of play in Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final suggests manager Dermot Malone. The Farney side recovered from an early Mayo goal to run out deserving winners, setting up a semi-final clash with Kerry as they aim to book a first final spot since in […]

Impressive Monaghan swat aside Mayo to clinch last four slot

All-Ireland MFC quarter-final Monaghan 1-15 Mayo 1-8 By Michael McMullan A POWERFUL showing from Max McGinnity, Tommy Mallen and Matthew Finn shot Monaghan into the All-Ireland semi-finals at the expense of Mayo on Saturday in Carrick on Shannon. Advertisement The trio shot nine of their sides tally, but the hunger inside the Farney jersey was […]

All-Ireland minor fixtures finalised

By Michael McMullan THE dates, times and venues have been announced for the All-Ireland minor quarter-finals. Ulster champions Derry will take on Galway in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. The Tribesmen were 2-9 to 1-11 winners on their way to the title despite a spirited Derry comeback. Advertisement From this year’s team, captain […]

Two Donegal changes ahead of crunch Mayo clash

By Jackie Cahill DONEGAL boss Maxi Curran has made two changes in personnel from the team that lost to Dublin last time out for Sunday’s relegation crunch against Mayo in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League. Donegal must win in Letterkenny (2pm) to preserve their top-flight status, having contested a Division 1 […]