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  • 13:41
    After last week’s predictions the only thing that it’s safe to say this summer is that there may be surprises.
    In fairness, I don’t think I was alone in not predicting Galway’s first Leinster championship title before last week’s thriller. Well, this week I’ve learnt my lesson. No more predictions – for one thing the games this week are harder to predict.
    First up is the Connacht final at Dr Hyde Park where Mayo will take on Sligo. In recent years Connacht finals have been close - five of the last seven finals have been won by a solitary point so this is strictly a no-prediction zone. Definitely not. No sir, not me, never…. Mayo.
    Then we have the Munster hurling final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Tipperary and Waterford contest the final this year and although Tipp should have enough to overcome the Déise I won’t be betting on either team. But if I was to back one team (which naturally I’m not doing in light of last week) I certainly wouldn’t want to nominate Tipperary over Waterford. That’s not for me. Just to be clear, I’m not tipping Tipp…..Tipperary.
    As if that wasn’t enough I’ll be keeping you up to date with the qualifiers where Kerry will beat Westmeath, Monaghan will see off Laois and Kildare will kill off Cavan for another year. I also predict the words saga and Seanie Johnston will be uttered in the same sentence by people up and down the country many times this afternoon.
    So there you are - my non-predictions. Feel free to proffer your own so that we can all ridicule them when they fall flat. My name is Ciaran Daly but I may be forced into changing it to Paddy Powerless by the end of the day. I predict some backtracking.

    Fixtures
    Connacht senior football championship final
    Sligo v Mayo, 2pm – Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon
    All-Ireland senior football championship qualifiers - Round 2
    Westmeath v Kerry, 3pm – Cusack Park, Mullingar
    Laois v Monaghan, 3pm - O’Moore Park, Portlaoise
    Cavan v Kildare, 3pm – Breffni Park, Cavan
    Munster senior hurling championship final
    Waterford v Tipperary, 4pm – Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork.
  • 13:46
    Yesterday’s results
    All-Ireland senior football championship qualifiers – Round 2
    Roscommon 0-8 Tyrone 1-16
    Longford 1-15 Limerick 1-21
    Antrim 0-11 Galway 0-10
    Tipperary 1-13 Wexford 0-15
    Leitrim 0-13 Wicklow 0-10
    All-Ireland senior hurling championship qualifiers – Round 2
    Wexford 2-17 Cork 3-24
    Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20
  • 13:48
    Mayo manager James Horan wouldn’t do an interview with TV3 on the basis that they wanted to ask him questions about Conor Mortimer.
  • 13:49
  • 13:54
    We haven’t even discussed yesterday’s games. Some real shocks. Antrim beating Galway with two injury-time points was breath-taking. Tipperary also beat Wexford who were wasteful in front of goal again. Elsewhere Limerick saw off a dogged Longford side while Leitrim beat Wicklow. Cork easily beat Wexford in the hurling qualifiers and Limerick edged out Clare. It was a great day of GAA action. What was the result of the day?
  • 13:57
    TheThe teams for today’s Connacht football final
    MAYO: D Clarke; K Keane, G Cafferkey, K Higgins;  Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; B Moran, D Geraghty; KMcLoughlin, C O’Connor, A Dillon; E Varley, A Moran, J Doherty.
    SLIGO: P Greene; N Ewing, J Martyn, R Donovan; C Harrison, M Quinn, P McGovern; S McManus, T Taylor; A Costello, D Maye, B Egan; M Breheny, A Marren, D Kelly.

  • 13:58
    Will all the Mortimer talk have distracted Mayo or galvanised them?
  • 14:00
    We’re off!
  • 14:00
    Damian Ruddy Result of the Day y'day was Down Minor Hurlers winning first Ulster Title since 1994. A good omen for next Sunday, hopefully.
  • 14:01
    Not that you're biased Damian!
  • 14:02
    Good crowd at the match anyway.
  • 14:03
    Enda Varley drills a shot wide. It’s been a tentative start from both sides. Expect it to open up.
  • 14:04
    3 mins – Danny Geraghty gets Mayo off the mark. Mayo 0-1 Sligo 0-0
  • 14:06
    It’s sloppy stuff from both sides. Some poor handling. Yes, I’m sitting in my Ivory Tower.
  • 14:06
    Costello has kicked an unbelievably good free from a serious distance there. We’re even.
  • 14:07
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@7': Mayo 0-1 Sligo 0-1. Alan Costelloe levels with a beautiful kick for Sligo. #gaa2012
  • 14:08
    Dr Hyde Park is a bigger pitch than Croke Park. You learn something new every day.
  • 14:10
    The ball is in the net but it won’t count.
  • 14:10
    Andy Moran with a good finish but the handpass into him was adjudged to have been illegal.
  • 14:12
    It’s been fairly turgid so far. It’s a bit like rugby. A lot of handpassing without going forward.
  • 14:13
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@13': Mayo 0-1 Sligo 0-1. Andy Moran has had an early goal ruled out. #gaa2012
  • 14:13
    Both sides shooting wides. Antrim would clean up in Connacht!
  • 14:15
    Referee Cormac Reilly getting praise from the TV3 team but does no one else think he has been fussy?
  • 14:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@15': Mayo 0-1 Sligo 0-2. Mark Breheny puts Sligo ahead with a free. #gaa2012
  • 14:15
    14 mins - Sligo lead
  • 14:16
    Marren to Kelly and a great finish from the latter. Best move of the match. Sligo 0-3 Mayo 0-1
  • 14:16
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@16': Mayo 0-1 Sligo 0-3. David Kelly kicks over a gem from a tight angle. #gaa2012
  • 14:17
    The Sligo defence has been excellent so far. Can they keep it up?
  • 14:19
    The umpires have flagged that Mayo effort wide….eventually. The umpire went to grab the flag but renaged. It was definitely wide.
  • 14:20
    Ross Donovan has been excellent so far for Sligo but hints that Mayo are beginning to win at midfield.
  • 14:21
    Adrian Marren with a good score.
  • 14:21
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@21': Mayo 0-1 Sligo 0-4. Adrian Marren extends the lead to three. #gaa2012
  • 14:22
    20 minutes gone and the game hasn’t really caught fire. Sligo will hope it never does if they can stay three points in front for the duration.
  • 14:24
    It’s all a bit directionless. We’re used to seeing more tactical nous in the Championship this year. The Mayo players in particular look to me like they aren’t exactly sure of their game-plan.
  • 14:24
    Andy Moran fists off the post and wide. That’s their fifth wide of the first half.
  • 14:26
    Charlie Harrison penalised for a foul on Enda Varley. Didn’t see much in it myself.
  • 14:26
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@26': Mayo 0-2 Sligo 0-4. An Enda Varley free gets Mayo's first score in 20 minutes. #gaa2012
  • 14:26
    25 mins - Enda Varley converts the free. Mayo 0-2 Sligo 0-4
  • 14:28
    Mayo’s attacks are far too deliberate and Sligo are able to harry them out of possession
  • 14:28
    David Maye receives a yellow card.
  • 14:29
    Mark Breheny is also booked now.
  • 14:30
    Donal Vaughan had so much time to take a score and he tried to walk it into the net. Silly stuff from Mayo there.
  • 14:31
    30 mins – Marren converts a free for Sligo. Mayo 0-2 Sligo 0-5
  • 14:31
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@32': Mayo 0-2 Sligo 0-5. Marren powers over a free. #gaa2012
  • 14:33
    Another goal chance for Mayo. Another one wasted by Mayo. Good block from Sligo that time.
  • 14:33
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@33': Mayo 0-3 Sligo 0-5. Alan Dillon curls over a fine score. #gaa2012
  • 14:34
    Mayo have been looking a little more fluent in the last couple of minutes.
  • 14:35
    When a match is described as ‘absorbing’ it almost inevitably means it has been low-scoring and of a poor quality. This final has certainly been absorbing then.
  • 14:37
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@HT: Mayo 0-3 Sligo 0-5. Sligo lead by two at the break having had the breeze in 1st half. #gaa2012
  • 14:37
    Half-time: Sligo 0-5 Mayo 0-3
  • 14:38
    Sligo have been impressive defensively but had Mayo taken points instead of going for goal all the time they’d be level at the very least.
  • 14:40
    Why oh why do Mayo keep going for goal? Is it fear or is it a tactic?
  • 14:43
    This game is not doing anything to dispel the myth that Connacht football is in the doldrums.
  • 14:48
    We’re seeing replays of the disallowed goal. Very harsh on Cillian O’Connor in retrospect. Lateral hand-pass? When has that ever been penalised this year?
  • 14:49
    We’re getting close to the 3 o’clock throw-ins. Cavan and Kildare at least has a bit of bite to it.
  • 14:54
    Westmeath take on Kerry in Mullingar. Hearing reports that there are more Kerry fans there. As if Westmeath footballers weren’t disheartened enough having drawn the Kingdom.
  • 14:54
    So Mayo are going to turn this around, aren’t they?
  • 14:55
    officialgaa via Twitter 23,257 at Connacht Football Final. Thank you for supporting us #GAA2012
  • 14:56
    No changes at Dr Hyde Park
  • 14:56
    23,257 – decent attendance in Roscommon.
  • 14:57
    Mayo start with a wide.
  • 14:58
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@37': Mayo 0-4 Sligo 0-5. Andy Moran lofts over a classy score. #gaa2012
  • 14:58
    37 mins - Andy Moran shows a bit of impetus and scores a decent point. Mayo 0-4 Sligo 0-5
  • 14:59
    Something that both teams need to address – the shooting has been woefully inaccurate.
  • 15:00
    Good point from Breheny. Sligo 0-6 Mayo 0-4
  • 15:00
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@40': Mayo 0-4 Sligo 0-6. Breheny restores the two point lead. #gaa2012
  • 15:00
    Surely the game has to become more open?
  • 15:01
    Lee Keegan sees yellow for a cynical off the ball hit
  • 15:02
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@1': Cavan 0-1 Kildare 0-0. Brady free gives Cavan lead, Johnston on bench for Kildare. #gaa2012
  • 15:02
    Mayo Sub: Aidan O’Shea on,  Danny Geraghty off
  • 15:04
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@43': Mayo 0-5 Sligo 0-6. Cillian O'Connor free. #gaa2012
  • 15:04
    Cillian O’Connor converts a free. Just one in it now.
  • 15:04
    We're level
  • 15:04
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@2’: Laois 0-1 Monaghan 0-0. Ross Munnelly gets Laois off the mark with an early free. #gaa2012
  • 15:04
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@44': Mayo 0-6 Sligo 0-6. Barry Moran knocks over the equaliser. #gaa2012
  • 15:05
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@44': Mayo 0-6 Sligo 0-6. Aidan O'Shea has come on for Mayo after three months out. #gaa2012
  • 15:05
    Aidan O’Shea with a superb catch at midfield.
  • 15:06
    Marren draws a foul which should put Sligo in front.
  • 15:08
    Compelling, absorbing, intriguing – commentator-speak for poor, turgid, disappointing.
  • 15:08
    Enda Varley goes off. Hasn’t had the best of days.
  • 15:08
    Eamon O’Hara is on for Sligo.
  • 15:09
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@8': Cavan 0-2 Kildare 0-1. McDermott and Alan Smith trade scores. #gaa2012
  • 15:09
    Cavan are two points up on Kildare. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if Cavan put Kildare out?
  • 15:10
    Mayo are relying heavily on Alan Dillon and Andy Moran
  • 15:10
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@49': Mayo 0-7 Sligo 0-7. Dillon levels them with his second. #gaa2012
  • 15:11
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@5’: Westmeath 0-2 Kerry 0-1. #gaa2012
  • 15:11
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@51': Mayo 0-7 Sligo 0-8. David Maye drills over a lovely 45. #gaa2012
  • 15:11
    I’m proud that I haven’t made some pathetic remark about David Maye being ex-Man Utd defender David May….until now.
  • 15:12
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@11': Cavan 0-2 Kildare 0-3. O'Flaherty with two in a row for Kildare. #gaa2012
  • 15:12
    O’Hara and Barry Moran both pick up yellow cards.
  • 15:12
    Ciaran Wouldn’t it be fantastic if Cavan put Kildare out? Ehhhh NO!
  • 15:13
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@13': Cavan 0-2 Kildare 0-4. Another O'Flaherty free. #gaa2012
  • 15:13
    Maybe not for Kildare people but with Seanie Johnston leaving Cavan and going to Kildare – it’d be funny enough for the rest of us.
  • 15:13
    Guest Oh yes it would!
  • 15:14
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@53': Mayo 0-8 Sligo 0-8. O'Connor levels them with a free. #gaa2012
  • 15:14
    Paddy Oh yes it would!
  • 15:14
    We’re level again in Connacht. Mayo beginning to look the more likely team but it’s fairly uninspiring stuff.
  • 15:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@55': Mayo 0-8 Sligo 0-9. Maye pumps over another brilliant long free. #gaa2012
  • 15:15
    It’s decided then – it’d be hilarious if Cavan put Kildare out. Come on the Breffni men!
  • 15:16
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2 Latest: Westmeath 0-4 Kerry 1-1. Kerry level from the penalty spot. #gaa2012
  • 15:17
    Kerry were trailing Westmeath by three points but Kerry being Kerry had to go and spoil it all by doing something stupid like scoring a goal. Penalty.
  • 15:17
    Paddy So says the whole country
  • 15:17
    Neutral Lets like kildare for what thy are, an honest hard working team and forget about all the rubbih re johnston...let the best team(kidare) win!
  • 15:18
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2 Latest: Laois 0-2 Monaghan 0-3. Tommy Freeman puts Monaghan ahead. #gaa2012
  • 15:19
    Ciaran Well said 'neutral'. Mind you, the general consensus in Kildare is, they can have him back if they want. Kildare lose = McGeeney out & Glen Ryan in. Anyhow, come on ye Lilies!!
  • 15:19
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@18': Cavan 0-3 Kildare 0-5. Another from Smith, Kildare lead by two. #gaa2012
  • 15:19
    MunsterGAA via Twitter Munster MHC Final Result Tipp 1-16 Clare 1-12 #gaa
  • 15:19
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@59': Mayo 0-9 Sligo 0-9. Look who's back. Aidan O'Shea powers through for a point. #gaa2012
  • 15:20
    Fair enough ‘Neutral’ Think Johnston’s transfer has worked against Kildare that way. It’s definitely taken the focus off all the good work that has been done.
  • 15:21
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@20’: Laois 0-2 Monaghan 0-5. Conor McManus’s two points extend Monaghan’s lead. #gaa2012
  • 15:21
    Still, as an Ulster man, I’m cheering on Cavan. It’s not because of the Seanie Johnston issue….I swear…..
  • 15:21
    Paddy Come on cavan
  • 15:22
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@19’: Westmeath 0-6 Kerry 1-1. John Heslin’s point puts the Lake men further ahead. #gaa2012
  • 15:22
    officialgaa via Twitter RT @TipperaryGAA: Munster MHC Final Result Tipp 1-16 Clare 1-12 #gaa
  • 15:22
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@20': Cavan 0-3 Kildare 1-6. Goal for Kildare, Mikey Conway. #gaa2012
  • 15:22
    So we’re into the last 10 minutes of the Connacht final. Sligo have put in one hell of a shift. Can you believe they’ve only won the Nestor Cup three times?
  • 15:23
    There you go. Kildare are taking Cavan apart now it seems.
  • 15:23
    Paddy I'm cheering on Cavan as I am an ulster man and because of johnston
  • 15:24
    Monaghan are 0-5 to 0-3 up on Laois by the by
  • 15:25
    Mayo score a ‘point.’ Looked clearly wide. That’s poor.
  • 15:25
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@63': Mayo 0-10 Sligo 0-9. Boyle puts Mayo in front for 1st time since 3rd minute. #gaa2012
  • 15:26
    Kerry are being beaten by Westmeath. Kerry 1-1 Westmeath 0-6
  • 15:26
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@25': Cavan 0-4 Kildare 2-7. Emmet Bolton goal, and Kildare lead by nine already. #gaa2012
  • 15:26
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@65': Mayo 0-11 Sligo 0-9. Mayo now lead by two, O'Connor free. #gaa2012
  • 15:26
    Cillian O’Connor puts Mayo two points in front. At least if they win by two points that non-point won’t be so contentious.
  • 15:27
    Ciaran a lot of missed chances by both Mayo n Sligo. Seriously Contentious point by Mayo to put them 1 up and Kildare.....BOOM!!
  • 15:27
    Seriously dodgy decision, wasn’t it? I hope for Sligo’s sake they don’t lose due to that contentious decision.
  • 15:27
    Paddy Up mayo-I live there!
  • 15:28
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@26’: Laois 1-5 Monaghan 0-5. Colm Kelly with the Laois goal. #gaa2012
  • 15:28
    Mayo need to improve. All-Ireland contenders? Not on this evidence.
  • 15:28
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@68': Mayo 0-11 Sligo 0-10. Breheny free cuts the lead to one. #gaa2012
  • 15:28
    There’s one point in it with three minutes to go in Connacht.
  • 15:29
    Ciaran Have to agree. Sligo have bee brill 2day.
  • 15:29
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@68': Mayo 0-12 Sligo 0-10. Lee Keegan puts Mayo two up. #gaa2012
  • 15:29
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@27’: Westmeath 0-7 Kerry 1-2. John Heslin lands his second point of the game. #gaa2012
  • 15:29
    To be fair to Mayo they were tested today and they look like they’re going to come through it.
  • 15:30
    Imagine. Just imagine if Westmeath beat Kerry. I think we’d all have a good laugh then, right?
  • 15:31
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@30': Cavan 0-4 Kildare 2-8. Conway free puts 10 between them. #gaa2012
  • 15:31
    Laois lead Monaghan by a goal. Colm Kelly found the net. 1-5 to 0-5
  • 15:31
    Louise Sligo - a goal, Christ lads COME ON
  • 15:31
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@31': Cavan 0-4 Kildare 2-9. Smith fires another over. #gaa2012
  • 15:32
    Nothing else will do now Louise!
  • 15:32
    Kldareman most people and players in kildare were against johnston coming particularly in the manner he did, but i think the rest of the country needs to stop this anti-kildare thing as were still the same team that was well liked last year for our give it a lash attittude and admiral fitness, be anti-johnton if you like or simply agaisnt what he did but kildare
  • 15:32
    Ciaran now that would be funny!
  • 15:32
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@71': Mayo 0-12 Sligo 0-10. Barry Moran sent off. #gaa2012
  • 15:33
    Kldareman ..but kildare shouldnt be looked down on! upthe lillies! showin up cavan without any outside help!
  • 15:33
    Colm Boyle of Mayo faceplants with the help of Sligo's Alan Costello in Dr Hyde Park. - James Crombie/Inpho
    Colm Boyle of Mayo faceplants with the help of Sligo's Alan Costello in Dr Hyde Park. - James Crombie/Inpho
  • 15:34
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship Final@FT: Mayo 0-12 Sligo 0-10. It's all over, Congratulations to Mayo. #gaa2012
  • 15:34
    It’s over in Connacht. Mayo win.
  • 15:34
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@34': Cavan 0-4 Kildare 2-10. Kildare are in total control. #gaa2012
  • 15:34
    FT: Mayo 0-12 Sligo 0-10
  • 15:35
    It’s an interesting sentiment Kildareman. I’d agree that Kildare were well-liked but Kildare actively sought Johnston as much as he did them. Surely they have to take some of the blame?
  • 15:36
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2 Latest: Laois 2-6 Monaghan 0-7. Brendan Quigley scores a brilliant goal for Laois. #gaa2012
  • 15:38
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@34’: Westmeath 0-8 Kerry 1-3. #gaa2012
  • 15:38
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@36’: Laois 2-7 Monaghan 0-8. #gaa2012
  • 15:38
    Brendan Quigley’s goal for Laois was a beauty by all accounts. Laois 2-6 Monaghan 0-7 now
  • 15:38
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@HT: Cavan 0-4 Kildare 2-11. Kildare have a 13-point half-time lead. #gaa2012
  • 15:39
    Kerry are still losing…..imagine….
  • 15:40
    That Mayo victory was unspectacular but in the end it’s a win. Kudos to Sligo. They were defensively strong but just not strong enough. Any other clichés I can fit in?
  • 15:40
    Paddy What are the scores ?
  • 15:41
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@HT: Laois 2-7 Monaghan 0-8. Colm Kelly and Brendan Quigley with the Laois goals. #gaa2012
  • 15:41
    Laois 2-7 Monaghan 0-8
    Westmeath 0-8 Kerry 1-3
    Cavan 0-4 Kildare 2-11
  • 15:41
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@HT: Westmeath 0-8 Kerry 1-3. #gaa2012
  • 15:42
    officialgaa via Twitter Mayo celebrate in Connacht Football Final #GAA2012 http://t.co/VOBxSBiT
  • 15:43
    All the 3 o’clock games have reached half-time.
  • 15:43
    Kldareman mcgeeney my have actively facilitated or encouraged him to move but i think it doesnt reflect a general feeling in kildare that we wanted him in..very few if any real kildare people are happy with what happened
  • 15:44
    I think we’re all glad to hear that. Does McGeeney have too much power in Kildare then or can you argue with him given what he has been doing with the team?
  • 15:47
    Naturally, I’ll keep you updated with everything in the second half of the qualifiers games but what about the Munster hurling final? Are we all happy enough to tip Tipp?
  • 15:52
    Kldareman he has too much power alright..county board are afraid of him! he's brouht us up a notch or two though in fairness to him! anyway enough said about it let the football do the talkin!
  • 15:53
    Well, there’s no doubt about it. Kildare are doing the business on the pitch today. Some fantastic players and a great team ethic.
  • 15:54
    Is there a chance that Kerry won’t turn it around in the second half against Westmeath?
  • 15:54
    They’re up and running again in Cavan.
  • 15:56
    Laois and Monaghan is also underway again. No changes to either side.
  • 15:57
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@37': Cavan 1-4 Kildare 2-12. Cavan goal from Eugene Keating. #gaa2012
  • 15:58
    Darran O’Sullivan has been introduced by Kerry. They’re clearly worried
  • 15:58
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2 Latest: Westmeath 0-9 Kerry 1-3. #gaa2012
  • 15:59
    John O’Shea and Stephen Hunt are at the Munster hurling final. No foreign games for the lads today.
  • 16:00
    TIPPERARY: B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Curran, M Cahill ; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, P Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; P Bourke, P Maher, L Corbett; B O’Meara, J O’Brien, N McGrath
    WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; N Connors, L Lawlor, S Daniels; T Browne, M Walsh, K Moran; S Molumphy, Phil Mahony; Pauric Mahony, S Prendergast, M Shanahan; J Mullane, S Walsh, G O’Brien
  • 16:00
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2 Latest: Westmeath 1-9 Kerry 1-3. Westmeath score a penalty. Major shock on the cards. #gaa2012
  • 16:01
    Westmeath have scored a goal!
  • 16:01
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@1’: Tipperary 0-0 Waterford 0-0. We're underway on Leeside. #gaa2012
  • 16:01
    Westmeath 1-9 Kerry 1-3
  • 16:02
    We’re off at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
  • 16:02
    David Glennon with the Westmeath goal. It was a penalty.
  • 16:03
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@2’: Waterford 0-1 Tipperary 0-0. Shane Walsh opens the scoring. #gaa2012
  • 16:03
    officialgaa via Twitter Mayo produced a strong final 15 minutes to beat Sligo today and win the Connacht title, read the report here: http://gaa.ie/c55ea0 #gaa2012
  • 16:04
    Waterford have started brightly. These three minutes have already been better than the entire Connacht football final.
  • 16:04
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2 Latest: Westmeath 1-9 Kerry 2-3. Kerry respond immediately with a goal, sub Darran O'Sullivan. #gaa2012
  • 16:04
    Tipp have had two wides already. They're finished
  • 16:05
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@5’: Waterford 0-2 Tipperary 0-0. John Mullane adds a second. Fine start by the Déise. #gaa2012
  • 16:05
    Kerry naturally respond with a goal of their own immediately. Darran O’Sullivan. Westmeath 1-9 Kerry 2-3
  • 16:06
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@44': Cavan 1-6 Kildare 2-15. Two O'Flaherty frees. #gaa2012
  • 16:07
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@6’: Waterford 0-3 Tipperary 0-0. Pauric Mahony adds a third. #gaa2012
  • 16:07
    Pauric Mahony with a superb point. Waterford are three points up.
  • 16:07
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2 Latest: Laois 2-8 Monaghan 0-10. Walsh and Clerkin trade scores. #gaa2012
  • 16:08
    Tipperary needed that score to settle them.
  • 16:08
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@7’: Waterford 0-3 Tipperary 0-1. Brian O’Meara gets Tipp off the mark. #gaa2012
  • 16:08
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@47': Cavan 1-8 Kildare 2-15. Brady and McKiernan points. #gaa2012
  • 16:09
    7 mins - Maurice Shanahan with a free. Waterford 0-4 Tipperary 0-1
  • 16:09
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2 Latest: Westmeath 1-9 Kerry 2-5. Kerry storming back, points from O'Donoghue and Galvin. #gaa2012
  • 16:11
    GOAL! – John O’Brien nets for Tipperary
  • 16:11
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@11’: Waterford 0-5 Tipperary 1-1. John O’Brien with a fine goal for Tipp. #gaa2012
  • 16:12
    There is sheer panic in the Waterford defence when Lar Corbett has possession
  • 16:13
    11 mins - O’Brien’s finish for Tipp was impressive given the tight angle he shot from. It’s Waterford 0-5 Tipperary 1-2
  • 16:13
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2 Latest: Westmeath 1-10 Kerry 2-6. The sides trade scores, still one in it. #gaa2012
  • 16:13
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@12’: Waterford 0-5 Tipperary 1-2. John O’Brien levels matters with a score from play. #gaa2012
  • 16:14
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@52': Westmeath 1-10 Kerry 2-7. They're level now, O'Donoghue fists over. #gaa2012
  • 16:14
    John Mullane is a superb hurler. Fine point.
  • 16:15
    Tipperary now lead after two quick points.
  • 16:15
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@56'': Cavan 1-8 Kildare 2-17. John Doyle extends the lead. #gaa2012
  • 16:16
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@56': Laois 2-8 Monaghan 0-10. Laois still lead. #gaa2012
  • 16:16
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@16’: Waterford 0-6 Tipperary 1-5. Pád Maher, Noel McGrath and John O’Brien put Tipp ahead. #gaa2012
  • 16:17
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@57': Laois 2-10 Monaghan 0-10. Points from O'Connor and Kelly send Laois six ahead. #gaa2012
  • 16:18
    Laois 2-10 Monaghan 0-10
    Cavan 1-8 Kildare 2-17
    Laois 2-10 Monaghan 0-10
  • 16:19
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@59': Laois 2-11 Monaghan 0-10. MJ Tierney 45 extends lead. #gaa2012
  • 16:20
    Kerry lead. Whoever doubted them? Not I….
  • 16:20
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@59': Westmeath 1-10 Kerry 2-8. Colm Cooper puts Kerry in front. #gaa2012
  • 16:21
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@20’: Waterford 0-6 Tipperary 1-6. Pádraic Maher with a monster free. #gaa2012
  • 16:21
    20 mins - Pa Bourke with a fantastic long-range free. Tipp 1-6 Waterford 0-6
  • 16:21
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@60': Cavan 1-8 Kildare 2-19. Johnston on as a sub for Kildare. #gaa2012
  • 16:22
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@60': Cavan 1-8 Kildare 2-19. Seán Johnston on as a sub for Kildare. #gaa2012
  • 16:22
    It’s official. Seanie Johnston is a Kildare player. He’s playing against Cavan. Riot anyone?
  • 16:23
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@22’: Waterford 0-7 Tipperary 1-6. John Mullane with his third point from play. #gaa2012
  • 16:23
    Darran O’Sullivan has been subbed off now for Kerry. Is there unrest in the Kerry camp or something?
  • 16:24
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@63': Laois 2-11 Monaghan 0-12. Dessie Mone and Eoin Lennon cut gap. #gaa2012
  • 16:24
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@24’: Waterford 0-7 Tipperary 1-7. Shane McGrath with a fine strike for Tipp. #gaa2012
  • 16:24
    After the Connacht football final I’m not sure my brain can handle the amount of stimulation the Munster hurling final is providing.
  • 16:25
    Lar Corbett missed a chance against Waterford? So it does happen.
  • 16:26
    Cummins with a decent save from Maurice Shanahan. Good run from the Waterford man.
  • 16:27
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@26’: Waterford 0-8 Tipperary 1-7. Maurice Shanahan cuts the gap with a 65. #gaa2012
  • 16:28
    Westmeath and Kerry are level heading into the last five minutes.
  • 16:28
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@68': Westmeath 1-11 Kerry 2-9. Heslin equalised with free but Sheehan restores lead. #gaa2012
  • 16:29
    Laois 2-12 Monaghan 0-12
  • 16:29
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@69': Cavan 1-9 Kildare 3-20. Seán Johnston scores a free for Kildare. #gaa2012
  • 16:30
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@69': Cavan 1-9 Kildare 3-20. Alan Smith got third Kildare goal. #gaa2012
  • 16:30
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@67': Laois 2-12 Monaghan 0-12. Laois six clear with time running out for Monaghan. #gaa2012
  • 16:31
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@70': Westmeath 1-11 Kerry 2-10. Kerry lead by two now, Galvin. #gaa2012
  • 16:31
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@31’: Waterford 0-9 Tipperary 1-7. Maurice Shanahan lands his third placed ball. #gaa2012
  • 16:31
    Maurice Shanahan points to leave one between the sides.
  • 16:32
    Cavan 1-9 Kildare 3-20 – And who got Kildare’s last score there? Why Seanie Johnston of course.
  • 16:33
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@71': Westmeath 1-11 Kerry 2-10. Two minutes of injury time. #gaa2012
  • 16:33
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@32’: Waterford 0-9 Tipperary 1-8. Pa Bourke with a well-struck free. #gaa2012
  • 16:33
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@72': Westmeath 1-12 Kerry 2-10. One in it. #gaa2012
  • 16:34
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@FT: Westmeath 1-12 Kerry 2-10. Kerry hang on for victory. #gaa2012
  • 16:34
    Walsh tripped himself. Wins free. That’s a novel approach to the game.
  • 16:34
    Eoin Kelly on for Pa Bourke for Tipp
  • 16:34
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@34’: Waterford 0-10 Tipperary 1-8. Shanahan with a fourth free. Eoin Kelly (Tipp) on. #gaa2012
  • 16:35
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2@FT: Cavan 1-9 Kildare 3-20. A crushing 17-point defeat for Cavan. #gaa2012
  • 16:35
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@71': Laois 2-12 Monaghan 0-12. Five minutes of injury time. #gaa2012
  • 16:37
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@36’: Waterford 0-11 Tipperary 1-8. Level. Shanahan with a fifth score. #gaa2012
  • 16:37
    36 min - Shanahan equalises with his fifth point. Waterford 0-11 Tipperary 1-8
  • 16:38
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@HT: Waterford 0-11 Tipperary 1-8. John O’Brien with the only goal of the game on Leeside. #gaa2012
  • 16:38
    officialgaa via Twitter GAA Football Qualifiers Round 2@FT: Laois 2-12 Monaghan 0-12. Laois through to Round 3. #gaa2012
  • 16:38
    Ciaran Johnston plays....now lets forget all about it. Kildare, superb!!
  • 16:38
    Ciaran you gotta love Munster hurling.
  • 16:40
    Munster hurling is consistently brilliant. This second half should be brilliant. How good has Maurice Shanahan been?
  • 16:42
    Full-time
    Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 1-12
    Laois 2-12 Monaghan 0-12
    Cavan 1-9 Kildare 3-20
  • 16:43
    officialgaa via Twitter Congratulations to Mayo on landing another Connacht title. Here's captain Andy Moran enjoying the moment. #gaa2012 http://t.co/RuNi605P
  • 16:46
    Ciaran A huge sigh of relief down in the kingdom! Unlucky Westmeath.
  • 16:47
    Kerry just about progress. Are they in serious trouble this year or is it a case of when you begin to doubt them they’ll win the All-Ireland again? Maybe this was the kick up the backside they need.
  • 16:49
    Now that all of the football is out of the way we can concentrate on the fantastic Munster hurling final. If the second half is as good as the first was it will go down as a classic
  • 16:51
    Second half underway at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
  • 16:53
    37 mins - Molumphy gets the first score of the second half. Waterford 0-12 Tipperary 1-8
  • 16:54
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@38’: Waterford 0-12 Tipperary 1-8. Stephen Molumphy puts Waterford ahead. #gaa2012
  • 16:54
    No sooner are Waterford ahead than Tipperary peg them back.
  • 16:54
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@39’: Waterford 0-12 Tipperary 1-9. Brian O’Meara levels matters again. #gaa2012
  • 16:55
    Tipp are definitely guilty of trying to walk it in.
  • 16:56
    John Mullane is a shrinking violet.
  • 16:56
    40 mins - Shanahan adds another free for Waterford. Waterford 0-13 Tipperary 1-9
  • 16:57
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@41’: Waterford 0-13 Tipperary 1-9.Maurice Shanahan’s free puts the Deise back into the lead.#gaa2012
  • 16:57
    O’Keeffe saves from Eoin Kelly. Good save.
  • 16:59
    42 mins - Noel McGrath and John O’Brien put Tipp in front. Tipperary 1-11 Waterford 0-13
  • 16:59
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@41’: Waterford 0-13 Tipperary 1-11. Noel McGrath and John O’Brien for Tipp. #gaa2012
  • 17:00
    Now, it’s Waterford’s Eoin Kelly who is going to be introduced. There’s only two Eoin Kellys!
  • 17:01
    Waterford subs: Gavin O’Brien made way for Kelly there & Paul O’Brien on for Pauric Mahony
  • 17:03
    Lar Corbett is doing great work on the half-forward line.
  • 17:03
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@47’: Waterford 0-13 Tipperary 1-12. Michael Cahill with first ever championship score. #gaa2012
  • 17:04
    Seamus Prendergast with a great display of fielding there. This is phenomenal stuff from both teams.
  • 17:04
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@48’: Waterford 0-14 Tipperary 1-12. Shanahan with his seventh of the game. #gaa2012
  • 17:08
    Mesmerising game. Lar Corbett becoming more of an influence and Seamus Prendergast is doing the same for Waterford.
  • 17:08
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@52’: Waterford 0-14 Tipperary 1-13. Eoin Kelly lands a free for Tipp. #gaa2012
  • 17:08
    Eoin Kelly scores…for Tipperary
  • 17:09
    There’s just the feeling that the scales are tipping in Tipp’s favour. I didn’t even mean that horrendous pun. I do it inadvertently.
  • 17:10
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@54’: Waterford 0-14 Tipperary 2-13. Sub Shane Bourke goals for Tipperary. #gaa2012
  • 17:10
    53 mins -GOAL! Substitute Shane Bourke has scored. Eoin Kelly’s free dropped short. Ball broke and Bourke pounced. It’s Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 0-14
  • 17:10
    Ciarán Michael Walsh….why are commentators fascinated by his nickname ‘Brick’??? So annoying.....Other than that…what a game.
  • 17:12
    Yeah, he doesn’t need to be given his nickname every time he touches the ball. After all he’s just another brick in the wall….I’m sorry about that. What a game. A Waterford goal needed now surely.
  • 17:12
    Yep, that's the  feeling that things are going awry for Waterford. Shanahan misses another for Waterford.
  • 17:13
    Not even the evergreen Browne can rescue Waterford as he fires wide.
  • 17:14
    Waterford’s Eoin Kelly, fed by Shanahan fires directly at Brendan Cummins. You can’t spurn chances like this against Tipperary.
  • 17:15
    Cummins has been so solid again today
  • 17:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@59’: Waterford 0-14 Tipperary 2-14. Noel McGrath hits his third of the game. #gaa2012
  • 17:15
    Ciarán Tipp taking control...soft 2nd goal..Tipp full back line, amazing!
  • 17:16
    O’Brien’s block there was outstanding. Tipperary have this.
  • 17:16
    You’d even fancy Lar to get his obligatory goal now
  • 17:18
    61 mins – Tipperary 2-14 Waterford 0-15 – Eoin Kelly converts free for Waterford.
  • 17:18
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@62’: Waterford 0-15 Tipperary 2-14. Eoin Kelly pulls one back for the Deise. #gaa2012
  • 17:18
    Tony Browne gets quite the ovation as he is replaced by Nagle.
  • 17:20
    Cynical foul by Walsh. Eoin Kelly converts. Tipp lead by two goals.
  • 17:20
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@65’: Waterford 0-15 Tipperary 2-15. Eoin Kelly nudges Tipp back into a six-point lead. #gaa2012
  • 17:22
    Waterford need a goal and they need it now.
  • 17:22
    Seamus Callanan on for Noel McGrath. The Waterford defenders must want to cry.
  • 17:23
    Cynical fouls from both teams in the last five minutes.
  • 17:23
    Brendan Cummins denies Waterford’s Eoin Kelly. Solid as a rock!
  • 17:25
    68 mins - Tipp’s Eoin Kelly with a nice turn, run and point. Tipperary 2-16 Waterford 0-16
  • 17:25
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@69’: Waterford 0-16 Tipperary 2-16. Eoin Kelly on target again for Tipp. #gaa2012
  • 17:28
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@FT: Waterford 0-16 Tipperary 2-17. Tipperary claim their 40th Munster with a 7-point win. #gaa2012
  • 17:28
    Shane Bourke has been excellent since his introduction.
  • 17:28
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final@FT: Waterford 0-16 Tipperary 2-17. Tipperary claim their 40th title with a 7-point win. #gaa2012
  • 17:28
    Sin é! Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16
  • 17:29
    Impressive second-half display from Tipperary there. Are we looking at the All-Ireland champions?
  • 17:35
    GAA speeches, eh?!
  • 17:37
    Less shouting. More microphone.
  • 17:38
    Isn't  the three cheers shtick is patronising?
  • 17:50
    What a weekend of action? Yet again, Munster has produced a great hurling match. Tipperary may feel that momentum is with them after hard-fought wins over Cork and now Waterford. Is 2012 their year?
    Mayo’s win in the Connacht football championship was less impressive and they have much to work on before they can consider themselves true All-Ireland contenders? So, somewhat surprisingly do Kerry. The Kingdom overcame Westmeath by the minimum and left it late at that. All is not well in the Kerry camp it seems but can they turn it around?
    That is in direct contrast to Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare who had a huge win over Cavan. It was only made better by finally getting the Seanie Johnston monkey off their back. Now, let’s never speak of it again.
    All of which means that those predictions I made at the start of the day came to pass (what do you mean ‘What about the Laois v Monaghan match?’ – that’s not important – Laois may have won but I can’t appear infallible, it’d be smug). The important thing was that I made a clutch of predictions and the vast majority of them proved to be correct. Let’s all take that away with us.
    For more outlandish claims and for a bit of craic during the matches, come back to the same place and same site next week. It’d be rude not to. See you then.
  • 17:53
    Connacht senior football championship final
    Sligo 0-10 Mayo0-12 2pm
    All-Ireland senior football championship qualifiers - Round 2
    Westmeath 1-12 Kerry 2-10
    Laois 2-12 Monaghan 0-12
    Cavan 1-9 Kildare 3-20
    Munster senior hurling championship final

    Waterford 0-16 Tipperary 2-17
  • 17:57
    officialgaa via Twitter Kildare defeated Cavan by 17 points on a very tough day for the Breffni men, Read the report here: http://gaa.ie/d1f07f #gaa2012
  • 18:02
    officialgaa via Twitter Kerry survived a massive scare against Westmeath to progress to Round 3 of the Qualifiers, read report here: http://gaa.ie/fd94ad #gaa2012
  • 18:09
    officialgaa via Twitter Tipperary claimed their 40th Munster title with a seven-point win over Waterford. Read the match report here: http://gaa.ie/bf41b6 #gaa2012
  • 18:33
    officialgaa via Twitter Here's the photo Tipp fans have been waiting for...Paul Curran lifts the cup after their 40th Munster success. http://t.co/pGK41HrU