GAA Saturday

All-Ireland qualifier season is in full swing and we have all the updates from football and hurling

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  • 16:13
    Clare could be dethroned by 7pm tonight. It's possible, they must find a way past a young, ravenous Wexford in Wexford Park.
  • 16:14
    Gavin Cummiskey here for the foreseeable. Sligo and Limerick are already underway in Markievicz Park. 0-2 each so far...
  • 16:16
    There are far more serious happenings around the country and the world but we'll be tuned into all things GAA from now until Tipperary and Offaly down hurleys tonight. That starts at 7pm..
  • 16:21

    No way back for Wexford now but Clare are clearly struggling with their second record...hard to rediscover their unique sound without the drummer (Podge Collins is suspended) and handsome vocalist (Shane O'Donnell).

    http://www.irishtimes.com/s...
  • 16:23
  • 16:23
    It's 0-3 apiece in Sligo.
  • 16:27
    Seán Moran, our GAA correspondent, has nestled into the press seats in Wexford Park. Davy Fitz
    has made changes...
  • 16:29
    Seadna Morey and Darach Honan replace Patrick Donnellan and Cathal McInerney. Allegedly...
  • 16:30
    That means early ball into Honan. Wonder if Liam Ryan will pick him up...the under-21 fullback was flawless and ruthless in Wexford's defeat of Dublin in last Wednesday's Leinster final.
  • 16:31
    Full forward Conor McDonald is also starting his third game in six days. Jack Guiney remains on the bench but is certain to come in. Both were superb the other night in Parnell Park. They are the future...
  • 16:33
    There are more rumours from Wexford Park...More changes.
  • 16:34
    Garret Sinnott might be in for Rory Jacob. He might be...
  • 16:37
    Sligo leading Limerick 0-6 to 0-4....Almost half-time.
  • 16:37
    HT in football qualifier:
    Sligo 0-6
    Limerick 0-5
  • 16:38
    Ian Ryan getting into a groove. His levels it up. 0-6 each. Ok, it's really half-time now in Sligo.
  • 16:40
  • 16:42
    Football qualifier Laois v Tipp is the undercard in Portlaoise.
  • 16:43
  • 16:45
    It's confirmed that Clare captain Pat Donnellan is dropped. Brendan Bugler leads them out as Morey and Honan are in Davy's starting XV (Cathal McInerney also stood down).
  • 16:46
    And yes, Garrett Sinnott is in for Rory Jacob. This has been a summer of changes. Out with the old (Jacob like Dessie Dolan, Shefflin etc) in with the new...
  • 16:47
    I think Wexford will win. Stadium is packed. It's like Rocky II all over again...
  • 16:48
    Goal for Tipp footballers in opening exchanges. Laois reeling already...
  • 16:49
    Davy Fitz give some brief comment to RTÉ: "can't wait to take on that challenge."
  • 16:50
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  • 16:55
    Laois back in it in Portlaoise. They are this blog's dark horse. Don't seem to be rowing among themselves too much this year...
  • 16:56
    Not that Laois people are always rowing among themselves.
  • 16:56
  • 16:57
    So many good footballers in Laois. Too many for them to be kept down forever.
  • 16:58
    There's Davy with his Clare hurlers. He looks narky. He always looks narky before, during and sometimes after games.
  • 16:59
    At least 16,000 at the redeveloped Wexford Park. And they are away...
  • 17:01
    Podge Doran just intercepted a sloppy pass, stormed into Clare territory but his shot was saved. Wexford are looking strong.
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  • 17:03
    Conor McGrath opens the scoring after four minutes. Clare lead.
  • 17:04
    Clare v Wexford is at one hundred miles an hour already.
  • 17:05
    Paul Morris opens Wexford's account. 0-1 each. The Wexford crowd have a role to play here.
  • 17:06
    Matthew O'Hanlon is on Darrach Honan. That's a key battle this evening. Honan helped to save Clare last week. O'Hanlon must bottle him up.
  • 17:07
  • 17:07
    Big swing to Tipp in Portlaoise.
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  • 17:10
    Conor Sweeney's goal brings Laois to edge of the abyss.
  • 17:11
    In the main event (Wexford Park) it's:
    Clare 0-2
    Wexford 0-1
  • 17:11
    But Portlaoise is where it is at...
  • 17:11
    Clerkin is there.
  • 17:11
  • 17:11
    That's not really him in the picture. He is way older.
  • 17:12
  • 17:14
    Hard to hurl in blustery conditions of Wexford Park but Portlaoise is the main concern. If you have any Laois blood in you...Ross Munnelly anonymous. He's gone, the captain hooked by Tomas O Flatharta.
  • 17:14
  • 17:14
    James Finn comes in for Munnelly (who is injured).
  • 17:15
    Wexford 0-2
    Clare 0-2

    16 mins gone.
  • 17:16
  • 17:18
    Glad I didn't go to the bookies this morning. Tipped Limerick and Laois. Nether looking so healthy.

    Sligo have a two point lead over Limerick. Laois are getting shredded at home to Tipperary.
  • 17:18
  • 17:18
    Tony Kelly. A point. Clare lead 0-4 to 0-3. 19 mins gone.
  • 17:20
    John Conlon strikes for Clare. What a difference a week can make. The Banner boys are up for hurling today.
  • 17:20
    GOAL Clare
    Darrach Honan.
  • 17:21
    Ah Matthew O'Hanlon was miles off him. Colm Galvin put the ball in and Honan had acres of room to gather, turn and fire. Unacceptable.
  • 17:22
    Clare 1-5
    Wexford 0-4

    The place has quietened.
  • 17:22
  • 17:24
    John Galvin, the ageing midfield giant, is trying to keep Limerick in the football championship. They trail Sligo by a point...
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  • 17:27
    Guiney is as good an impact sub as any hurlign side could wish for. He was superb for the Wex under-21s last Weds in Dublin. Registered 0-8.
  • 17:27
    Limerick 0-10
    Sligo 0-10

    extra-time looming...
  • 17:28
    Magic point by Lee Chin. He dispossessed Conor Ryan, spun one way then the other before cutting it from an impossible angle. Smooth...
  • 17:28
  • 17:30
  • 17:31
    Limerick hanging on in against Sligo.
  • 17:32
    Brendan Bugler. Red card. 33 mins.
  • 17:33
    Bugler, the captain, had to go. Foolishly ribbed Rory Jacob with butt of his hurley. Clare are trying their best to have August free.
  • 17:34
    Bugler on the sideline trying to explain himself to Davy Fitz. He knows what he did.
  • 17:34
    Goal Wexford.
  • 17:35
    Conor McDonald has three goals in three games this week. Wait, no he doesn't. Disallowed.

    Clare 1-5
    Wexford 0-6

    Almost half-time.
  • 17:37
    Can't believe Brendan Bugler, of all people, lost the head, in pretty much the same manner Podge Collins did last week. He belted Liam Og McGovern with the butt of his hurley and Clare are down to 14 men.

    HT Wexford 0-6, Clare 1-5
  • 17:37
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  • 17:39
    Wexford under-21s being feted in Wexford Park. The Leinster champions retained their title with an impressive, clinical dissection of Dublin last Wednesday.
  • 17:40
  • 17:41
    Wexford wides are 12 (via RTÉ). That has to be eradicated.
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  • 17:45
    Back comes Laois.
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  • 17:48
    Tipp are responding but MJ Tierney is now in for Laois. That should mean points. A quality footballer is MJ...
  • 17:48
    Tipperary 2-13
    Laois 3-3

    45 mins gone.
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  • 17:51
  • 17:51
    Laois are 3-4 now.
  • 17:52
    Rory Jacob is on for Garrett Sinnott.
  • 17:52
    Going to keep jumping between Laois v Tipp (football) and Clare v Wexford (hurling).
  • 17:53
    Wexford are the real deal. Jack Guiney glances up and puts a low ball into Liam Og McGovern who belts it over the bar.

    Wex 0-7
    Clare 1-5
  • 17:55
    McGovern burst through again. Jack Browne takes him down. Yellow card. Paul Morris levels it up with the free.


    Wexford 0-8
    Clare 1-5

    37 mins gone.
  • 17:56
    Keith Rossiter is going to die with his boots on today. Mopping up so much ball.
  • 17:56
    You shall not pass.
  • 17:58
    Lee Chin, Jack Guiney, Conor McDonald, Andrew Shore and Liam Óg McGovern. Wexford hurlers who deserve to be hurling deep into August.
  • 17:58
    Darrach Honan point makes it Clare 1-7, Wexford 0-8.

    41 minutes gone.
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    Back to the hurling....
  • 18:00
    Wexford look a better team than Clare. Stronger and McGovern is threatening to destroy them. He is being systematically fouled. Clare lead by a point.
  • 18:00
    Colm Galvin point. Clare inch two clear.
  • 18:01
    Laois goal #4!
  • 18:01
    To hell with points. Tipperary are 2-14 to Laois's 4-6.
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  • 18:04
    Jack Browne should have walked for that. He's on a yellow card and he just hauled McGovern down. Again. Liam Og could have a hat-trick.
  • 18:04
    Uh Oh...
  • 18:04
    Jack Browne is gone. Davy is going to kill the linesman.
  • 18:05
    15 versus 13 men as Wexford make it a two point game.
  • 18:06
    Wexford will never forgive themselves if they can't put the All-ireland champions away. Two man advantage (Bugler and Browne, both defenders) correctly sent off.
  • 18:07
    Wexford have 14 wides. 14 wides and 11 points. That's horrendous.
  • 18:07
    A Clare goal. Miraculous. John Conlon.
  • 18:07
    49 mins:
    Clare 1-10
    Wexford 0-11

    WEXFORD GOAL
  • 18:08
    Conor McDonald makes it three goals in six days in three games. What a player.
  • 18:09
    McDonald, the teenager, has to be the best forward under high ball in Ireland. His goal makes it Clare 2-10, Wexford 1-11.

    (And Clare are down to 13 men)
  • 18:10
    Liam Og McGovern lands a lovely point off his left hand.

    Wexford and Clare are level (1-13 to 2-10).
  • 18:11
    McGovern fouled again. 11th Clare foul. Jack Guiney will put Wexford in front now...
  • 18:11
  • 18:11
    Over in Portaloise, Tipperary have a two point lead over Laois in teh football qualifier.
  • 18:12
    Tipperary have almost certainly beaten Laois. Five points clear now.
  • 18:12
  • 18:13
  • 18:13
    Lee Chin point. Wexford regain the lead.
  • 18:14
    There's Tony Kelly, hurler of the year, and oddly anonymous today.
  • 18:14
  • 18:15
    So Tony Kelly gets on the ball and is nailed by McDonald. Wexford will not be over-powered. Not these men.
  • 18:17
    There is almost an hour gone in Wexford Park and I don't know how Clare are going to survive. And yet, somehow, the 13 Banner men are still in it...

    Wexford 1-15
    Clare 2-12 (they know nothing about quitting)
  • 18:17
  • 18:17
    You can hear Davy on the sideline. He is full tactical mode. Dragging and pulling his players into place.

    Wexford go a point up.
  • 18:19
    John Conlon, who is having a storming game, pulls it level. Again. Any "13 man" ballads played at Miltown Malbay this week?
  • 18:19
    Jack Guiney says no. The young Wexford attacker edges his people ahead again.
  • 18:19
  • 18:20
  • 18:21
    Colin Ryan wide. Bad, bad timing.
  • 18:21
    64 minutes gone. Wexford lead by a point. Clare, the All-Ireland champions, with 13 players on the field will surely fade, surely?
  • 18:23
    Heroic blocking by Wexford. Clare looked to have a goal there.
  • 18:24
    Mark Fanning and Ciaran Kenny put their bodies in the way to deny Clare a freakish goal.
  • 18:24
    66 mins on the clock. Wexford 1-17 to Clare's 2-13. #GAA
  • 18:25
    67 mins on the clock: Jack Guiney gives Wexford a two-point lead. #GAA
  • 18:25
    13 man Clare, the All-Ireland champions, look spent in July. #GAA
  • 18:26
    69 mins:
    Wexford 1-18
    Clare 2-13
  • 18:26
    Wexford need to stand tall now. Clare are raining the ball down on their square.
  • 18:27
    3 mins of injury time
  • 18:27
    70 mins: Colin Ryan free makes it Clare 2-14 to Wexford 1-18.
  • 18:28
    Two minutes Wexford. Hold on for two minutes.
  • 18:29
    One point game. One minute to go.
  • 18:29
    One last attack from Clare. Win or bust.
  • 18:30
    Clare 65. One last chance to level it.
  • 18:30
    This is crazy.
  • 18:31
    Colin Ryan, no better man, can bring this to extra-time. Clare are never dead.
  • 18:32
    Extra time coming up. Wexford 1-18, Clare 2-15. Clare go back to 15 players. Madness.
  • 18:47
    Ok, we're back. 15 v 15. Wexford have the wind again.
  • 18:47
  • 18:48
    Conor McGrath point. Clare lead. Back to themselves. They've been here before. Many, many times.
  • 18:49
    Guiney wide.
  • 18:50
    Wexford are a fine team, with about 10 top class hurlers but their inaccuracy deserves to be punished.
  • 18:50
    McDonald point. Wexford level it up.
  • 18:52
  • 18:54
    Cavan and Roscommon playing out at stinker at Breffni Park. HT Roscommon lead 0-3 to 0-2.
  • 18:56
    Wexford goal from Harry Kehoe. Great cross field ball by Guiney. What a savage game.

    ET-HT (almost):
    Wexford 2-20
    Clare 2-18
  • 18:57
    Liam Dunne looks all serene as he cracks a smile at a Wexford player while Davy's entire body contorts with the stress.
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  • 19:01
    I don't know who is going to win this. Clare probably because of their muscle memory. But Wexford have been the better team. In both games.
  • 19:01
  • 19:01
    Moment of silence in O'Moore Park as Offaly and Tipperary is about to start.
  • 19:02
    12 mins into the 20 of extra-time:
    Wexford 2-21
    Clare 2-20
  • 19:02
    Conor McGrath levels it. The stress if you are a Wexford/Clare person.
  • 19:03
    Lee Chin is down. He gets up. The crowd rises with him.
  • 19:04
    15 mins: Wexford 2-22, Clare 2-21.


    Meanwhile, Tipp and Offaly are up and away.
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  • 19:06
    Larry Corbett goal. Perfect start for Tipperary.
  • 19:06
    16 mins into extra-time and Wexford are leading Clare 2-23 to 2-22. #GAA
  • 19:07
  • 19:09
    Wexford go two points clear with a minute left. Finally, they look to have killed off the All-Ireland champions.
  • 19:09
    60 seconds.
  • 19:10
    Clare wide. Wexford Park is about to explode.
  • 19:10
    They think it's all over...
  • 19:11
    Down goes Fraiser. Wexford have beaten Clare.
  • 19:12
    Full-time: Wexford 2-26 Clare 2-22 (after extra-time). Magical game. Fully deserved. Goodnight Clare.
  • 19:12
    Tipperary 2-1 Offaly 0-3. 9 mins gone.
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  • 19:13
    Grown men crying in Wexford Park. Epic win but they made it very, very hard for themselves. Clare, in fairness, went down like the champions that they are.
  • 19:14
    What makes it extra special for Wexford is they beat Clare fair and square in extra-time but some miserable shooting denied them the chance to kill off 13-man.
  • 19:16
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  • 19:18
    Jack Guiney on RTE: "Relief, but we made very, very hard work of it. We knew we could put it up to Clare. Thankfully in extra-time they started going over."

    And he was a sub. Maybe that was to give keep him fresh for extra-time after playing in Leinster u21 final last Wednesday (when he was brilliant).
  • 19:19
    Sky will be showing Waterford v Wexford next week.
  • 19:19
  • 19:20
    Jack Guiney: "Ah yeh, winning back to back u21 Leinster titles and beating the All Ireland champions at home. A big boost, a huge boost. But we have to keep our feet on the ground."

    This is an impressive young man.
  • 19:21
    Seamus Callanan puts Tipp five points clear. Their large travellign support are already sated after the footballers downed Laois earlier.
  • 19:23
    Just to reiterate, Clare are no more in 2014. Three championship matches, two defeats, one draw.
  • 19:23
  • 19:24
    Liam Dunne: "We are a team in progress. We are doing our best down here in Wexford to get back to the top."
  • 19:25
    Wexford had 20 wides.
  • 19:27
  • 19:28
    Offaly easing back into this game. Tipp lead 2-5 to 0-8.
  • 19:30
    Lar Corbett is alive. Grabs Tipp's third goal.
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  • 19:31
    Tipperary 3-5 Offaly 0-10. 28 mins gone.
  • 19:34
    Roscommon hammer Cavan 0-16 to 0-5.
  • 19:36
    Tipperary in decent control here. Noel McGrath and Bonnerr Maher looking sharp. Five points clear of Offaly approaching half-time.
  • 19:37
    Seamus Callanan goal makes it 4-8 to 0-11. Nice assist by Bonner Maher.
  • 19:39
    Hurling, as Clare and Wexford just proved, is a wonderful sport when the game is competitive. But Offaly v Tipperary is another shocker for Sky Sports. It's dead TV.
  • 19:40
    HT: Tipperary 4-9 Offaly 0-11. Done and dusted.
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  • 19:41
    Bonner Maher, Lar Corbett, Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath all looking great.
  • 19:47
  • 19:48
    Jamesie O'Connor, on Sky, giving most of the credit to Bonner Maher.
  • 19:53
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    Offaly goal.
  • 19:56
    Colin Egan breathes some life into this game.
  • 19:58
    Tipperary 4-9
    Offaly 1-11

    Still a seven point gap. But Offaly are throwing everything at them now.
  • 19:58
    Make that a six point gap. Bergin free.
  • 20:01
    Bergin strolls through to make it 4-11 to 1-12. Far too easy.
  • 20:05
    Joe Bergin rages against the dying of the light. Six point game.
  • 20:08
    Offaly keeping the game alive. Bergin and Carroll showing well. Five point game. A goal now would make it interesting.
  • 20:08
    Brian Carroll makes it a four point game. Tipp 4-11 Offaly 1-16.
  • 20:10
    Seamus Callanan misses a free. Tipp are leaving themselves open here.
  • 20:11
    20 minutes to go.
  • 20:12
    Callanan atones. Good point to make it 4-12 to 1-16. Tipp hadn't scored for 10 minutes.
  • 20:12
    They've relaxed now. Tipp back into a six point lead.
  • 20:13
  • 20:15
    Seamus Callanan, on league form and the past two weekends, is in pole position for hurler of the year. Granted, it's only July.
  • 20:16
    Lar Corbett brings his tally to 2-1 with a lovely point. Such a natural. Had done nothing for 20 minutes and drifts into the game to give Tipp a nine-point lead.
  • 20:18
    Let's call it (again). Tipperary are nine points clear. 12 minutes to go.
  • 20:19
    Eoin Kelly. Great to see him. Replaces John O'Dwyer. You'd nearly forget he is still hurling. The perfect impact sub in the coming weeks...
  • 20:21
    Eoin Kelly point! Tipperary 4-20 Offaly 1-18. 10 minutes to go.
  • 20:22
    Nicky English on Eoin Kelly: "To be able to lean back, it's been his trademark all his career, to be able to lean back and find the score."
  • 20:24
    That's why Nicky gets paid the big bucks.
  • 20:26
    Callanan has 1-9, Tipp have 4-22, Offaly have 1-19. Poor game. Raining now.
  • 20:27
    Nicky gives Bonner Maher the man of the match award.
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  • 20:29
    Tipperary stroll onwards.
  • 20:29
    70th minute: 4-24 to 1-20. Barely a contest.
  • 20:31
    Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20. Callanan gets injured scoring fifth goal.
  • 20:31
    That's it.
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