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Donegal meet Fermanagh in the Ulster SFC final before Laois face down Dublin in Croke Park

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  • 13:29

    Hello and Welcome . . .   Two provincial football finals to bring you today, in Leinster (4.0) and first in Ulster (2.0). At the end of the day we’ll know four of the eight teams competing in this year’s  inaugural super8s!  

    Follow all the action right here, and be sure to get in touch via either the comments section (‘Contact Us’) tab or on Twitter (@DonoghueEamon)

    So, let’s get started!  

  • 13:33

    Sunday’s fixtures

    Leinster SFC final
    Laois  v Dublin, Croke Park, 4.0pm  

    Ulster SFC final
    Fermanagh v Donegal, Clones, 2.0pm

    All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2
    Offaly v Clare, O'Connor Park, 1.30pm

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    Donegal team TBC
    Fermanagh: Cadden, Connor, C Cullen, M Jones, Mulrone, J McMahon, L Cullen, Donnelly, R Jones, P McCusker, D McCusker, A Breen, Sean Quigley, C Jones, Seamus Quigley
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  • 13:44
    Sean Moran there predicting a Donegal win in his previews . . .

    Referee: David Gough (Meath)
    Last meeting: 2016 Ulster quarter-final, at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, Donegal 2-12, Fermanagh 0-11.
    Just the ticket: Stand (covered) €35/£30, Stand (uncovered) €30/£25 Terrace €20/£17, Juveniles €5/£5.
    Odds: Donegal 1/5, Fermanagh 9/2 and 12/1 draw.
    Verdict: Donegal to win
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    Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher is back with his native county this year and doing a very good job. He comes up against Donegal, the team he managed for the last three years, and before that assisted Jim McGuinness on their All-Ireland winning campaign.

    Donegal have opened up, in a tactical sense, since his departure. And this game has been billed by many as a clash of defence and attack. It won't be that simple. I think Donegal will have too much firepower, but expect a tight encounter.
  • 13:58
  • 13:59
    Donegal 0-0 Fermanagh 0-0 (1') GAME ON! Fermanagh win the throw in but fist it away. Donegal counter quickly and register the first wide of the match.
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  • 14:02
    Donegal 0-0 Fermanagh 0-0 (3') Both teams looking to hold the ball early on, a very hot day in Clones! Paddy McBrearty drops one shorts and Aidan Breen kicks Fermanagh's first wide.
  • 14:06
    Donegal 0-0 Fermanagh 0-1 (8') Leo McLoone fouls Ryan Jones. Sean Quigley nails the free.  
  • 14:07
    Donegal 0-1 Fermanagh 0-1 (8')  Odhrán Mac Niallais responds with a beauty from distance out on the left wing.
  • 14:09
    HT Clare 1-8 Offaly 2-5 - Just before the interval Alan Mulhall comes up and levels matters with a penalty. Not long before Clare had hit the woodwork twice. Jamie Malone has 1-2 in that first half for the Banner.
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  • 14:13
    Donegal 0-2 Fermanagh 0-1 (13')  Michael Langan cuts right through Fermanagh on the counter after a long passage of Fermanagh play which went nowhere and never looked like going anywhere
  • 14:15
    Donegal 1-2 Fermanagh 0-1 (15')  What a time to get your first championship score. Corner back Eoghan Ban Gallagher palms in Ryan McHugh's handpass across the goal. And that should force Fermanagh to play a little
  • 14:16
    Michael Murphy wins a free but Paddy McBrearty kicks the free wide - Donegal's fourth
  • 14:21
    Donegal 1-3 Fermanagh 0-1 (20')  Michael Langan is doing very well here, carrying the ball from deep and kickstarting the Donegal counter attack. This time he pops to Ban Gallagher again and the corner back now has 1-1.
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    Donegal 1-4 Fermanagh 0-1 (25')  A twisting and turning Ryan McHugh is fouled. And off the deck Michael Murphy slots over his first point.
  • 14:26
    Donegal 1-5 Fermanagh 0-2 (27') Sean Quigley gets his second free. Still no score from play for Fermanagh. Leitrim native Paul Brennan then drives up from the halfback line to score another for Donegal.
  • 14:30

    Donegal 2-5 Fermanagh 0-3 (31') Excellent score from Eoin Donnelly. The big midfielder breaks through a number of tackles and gets his team's first point from play.

    Next attack however and Ryan McHugh goes on a solo run and from a tight angle to the right he roofs the net!!

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    Donegal 2-5 Fermanagh 0-4 (33')  Sean Quigley's third free from as many attempts

  • 14:33
    Donegal 2-6 Fermanagh 0-5 (34') Che Cullen pops to Ciaran Corrigan who scores a nice point. Paddy McBrearty responds but he seems to have injured himself in the process
  • 14:34
    McBrearty is back to his feet and playing on. Two minutes of additional time to be played
  • 14:36
    Donegal 2-7 Fermanagh 0-5 (36') Harsh black card for Michael Jones (off the ball check). Michael Murphy scores the resultant free
  • 14:39

    HT Donegal 2-7 Fermanagh 0-5 In the warm conditions Fermanagh's defensive system lacks the consistent intensity needed. Donegal players are breaking through at will. Trailing by eight now though and they'll need to change things up. Because from an attacking perspective they're at nothing here.

    The source of most of their problems however, is the breaking ball. They are being swamped.

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    Offaly 2-10 Clare 1-14 (56') Ruairi McNamee cuts the deficit to two points in Tullamore. Bernard Allen then adds another!
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    Donegal 2-8 Fermanagh 0-5 (37') Second half underway in Clones. Paul Brennan drives up to join the attack and scores a beauty off the outside of his right. His second and yet another score from a Donegal defender

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    Donegal 2-8 Fermanagh 0-6 (40') Seamus Quigley, just off the bench scores a lovely point from the left corner. Meanwhile Paddy McBrearty is limping again, and this time he departs the action.

  • 15:01
    Offaly 2-12 Clare 1-16 (66') Gearoid O'Brien keeps Clare two ahead in the closing stages, Offaly reply via Johnny Maloney
  • 15:04
    Up from corner back, Paddy McGrath - Donegal's other corner back scored the first goal - has a goal ruled out for square ball.
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    Donegal 2-9 Fermanagh 0-7 (46') Sean Quigley's free is cancelled out by a beauty from Ciaran Thompson. Created by Eoghan Ban Gallagher

  • 15:08
    Offaly 2-14 Clare 1-18 (73') Gearoid O'Brien and Anton O'Sullivan exchange points. Two of the five minutes of additional time remain
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    FT Offaly 2-14 Clare 1-19 - Kevin Hartnett's late point seals it for the Banner after a high scoring encounter in Tullamore
  • 15:13
    Donegal 2-10 Fermanagh 0-9 (53')  Conall Jones points after an exchange of scores, and just as Fermangh seem to be offering an attacking outlet they lose Ryan Jones to a second yellow card
  • 15:19
    Donegal 2-13 Fermanagh 0-9 (60')  Two in a row for Ciaran Thompson who continue to swamp up every breaking ball around the middle, Jamie Brennan then adds another
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    Donegal 2-14 Fermanagh 0-10 (63') It's a case of damage limitation now for Fermanagh, a man down playing in this heat and trailing by 10 points.
  • 15:25
    Donegal 2-14 Fermanagh 0-11 (66') Seamus Quigley floats over a beauty fromthe right corner, his second since coming on.
  • 15:27
    Donegal 2-15 Fermanagh 0-11 (68') Donegal emptying their bench. One of those who comes on is Cian Mulligan and he's quickly added his name to the scoresheet
  • 15:28
    Donegal 2-15 Fermanagh 0-12 (69') Seamus Quigley's third point, this time from a free.
  • 15:31
    Donegal 2-17 Fermanagh 0-12 (72') We're inside the five minutes of added time as Murphy fists over a point. His fourth, and first from play
  • 15:34

    Leinster SFC final
    Laois v Dublin, Croke Park, 4.0pm  

    Ulster SFC final
    FT Fermanagh 0-12 Donegal 2-18

    All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2
    FT Offaly 2-14 Clare 1-19

  • 15:36

    Donegal have 12 points to spare in the end, and once they scored that first goal it only looked like going one way. They dominated the breaking ball battle, and their defenders (especially in the first half) bombed forward at will.

    Attention now turns to the Leinster final. Two of the three provincial football finals so far have been very one sided. Hopefully Laois can add to that against the Dubs.  

  • 15:39

    DUBLIN:  Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon,  Michael Fitzsimons,  Eric Lowndes; Brian Howard,  James McCarthy,  Jonny Cooper;  Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh MacAuley;  Niall Scully, Con O’Callaghan,  Ciaran Kilkenny;  Paul Mannion, Dean Rock,  Paddy Andrews.

    LAOIS:  Graham Brody;  Darren Strong,  Mark Timmons,  Gareth Dillon;  Trevor Collins,  Colm Begley,  Finbarr Crowley; John O’Loughlin,  Kieran Lillis;  Alan Farrell,  Paul Kingston,  Niall Donoher; Evan O’Carroll,  Donal Kingston, Damien O’Connor.

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    A big day for Evan Comerford! He came on and did well against Longford, playing 50 minutes. This will be his first championship start.
  • 15:47

    Dublin v Laois

    Referee:  Barry Cassidy (Derry)
    Last meeting:  2016 Leinster quarter-final, at Nowlan Park, Dublin 2-21, Laois 2-10.  
    Just the ticket: Pre-pay – Stand €35, Terrace €25 Match day – €40 and €30. Juveniles €5. Concessions available but not for Hogan Stand.
    Odds:  Dublin 1/100, Laois 25/1 and 66/1 draw.

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    Andy Bunyan is the Dublin substitute goalkeeper today
  • 16:00
    Jonny Cooper captains Dublin in Cluxton's absence. He led the county to the Under-21 title in 2010
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    Dublin 0-0 Laois 0-0 (1') GAME ON! Dublin win the throw in and Con O'Callaghan gets a goal chance which is well saved by Graham Brody
  • 16:04
    Dublin 0-0 Laois 0-0 (3') Donie Kingston takes on a shot from distance and Comerford's first invovlement is to box the dropped shot clear
  • 16:05
    Dublin 1-0 Laois 0-0 (4') Eric Lowndes kicks it long into Ciaran Kilkenny who is on the edge of the square. He holds off his man, collects, turns and rolls it under the Laois keeper.
  • 16:08
    Dublin 1-1 Laois 0-0 (7') Dublin go long again, Dean Rock collects the breaks and wins a free. He scores it himself.
  • 16:09
    Dublin 1-1 Laois 0-1 (8') Laois' first score is via Alan Farrell, a very nice point on the run. Evan Comerford is then penalised for a kickout which didn't pass the 21'. Dublin eat up the throw ball however and out they come
  • 16:11
    Evan O'Carroll's 45 from out by the right sideline is gathered by Comerford who has had a busy start
  • 16:13
    Dublin 1-1 Laois 0-2 (10')  Donie Kingston slots a free after a harsh call on Brian Howard. Adjudged to have pushed Evan O'Carroll in the back. The 20 year-old half back then drives forward and kicks Dublin's third wide. Paddy Andrews gets their fourth
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    Dublin 1-1 Laois 0-3 (15')  Donie Kingston wins a first-time ball, rolls his man and points. Dublin yet to get going as Paul Mannion hits wide number five. Eight minutes since their last score. Crucially Laois are doing very well under their own kickout
  • 16:19
    Dublin 1-2 Laois 0-4 (17')  Graham Brody leads the Laois counter attack surging out of his goal. Another nice ball is won and finished by Donie Kingston. This time Dublin respond immediately, via Ciaran Kilkenny (1-1 for him already)
  • 16:20
    Ciaran Kilkenny pops to Niall Scully and he's fouled just before he opens up to pull the trigger. Penalty!
  • 16:22
    Dublin 1-2 Laois 0-4 (20')  Paul Mannion drags the penalty wide. The man with the soccer background and a wand of a left peg, you'd have put your house on him there. Dean Rock then hits wide number seven for Dublin (another dropped short too)
  • 16:26
    Dublin 1-2 Laois 0-4 (23')  Dean Rock hits Dublin's eighth wide. A tricky free but you'd still back him to slot it. Down the other end and Donie Kingston drops one short after Evan O'Carroll kicks a free wide from over 50m.
  • 16:28
    Dublin 1-3 Laois 0-5 (25')  From in front of the posts Dean Rock makes no mistake. Laois being forced long for the kickout but they are winning them. Begley wins the break this time, it all opens up for Alan Farrell and he drives over his second point when a goal chance might have been on  
  • 16:29
    Dublin 1-4 Laois 0-5 (28')  Foot block denies Dublin a shot at goal. Dean Rock taps over the resultant free.
  • 16:32
    Graham Brody is coming out the field and as an extra man he's really helping Laois work it out. But a good attack ends in another wide from Donie Kingston. The Laois fulforward is looking very lively and has scored two good points, but a few wides already
  • 16:33
    Dublin 1-6 Laois 0-5 (31')  Dean Rock fists one over before a beauty - left footed from Brian Fenton. Kieran Lillis has been stuck to Fenton all day but there's no stopping that.
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    Dublin 1-7 Laois 0-5 (34')  Scully snaps up the breaks. He finds Con O'Callaghan with a beautiful early ball. The Cuala attacker fades left, right and back, before trying to lob Brody. The 'keeper taps it over the bar.
  • 16:37
    Dublin 1-7 Laois 0-5 (36')  We are inside the two minutes of additional time as Donie Kingston kicks a free wide. They needed that
  • 16:39
    HT Dublin 1-8 Laois 0-5 Paddy Andrews slots a point before the half-time whistle. Five in a row for the Dubs who finished strongly.
  • 16:42

    Lillis' marking job on Fenton has been crucial. While Laois are doing very well under the breaking ball and working hard in defence. The key for them though has been Graham Brody. Their goalkeeper has basically played as an extra outfield player in their defence coming out with the ball.


    Dublin of course only going through the phases, but Laois can be relatively pleased! A lot of wides on both sides but you'd imagine Dublin will up it a gear after the interval.

  • 16:43

    Leinster SFC final
    HT Dublin 1-8 Laois 0-5  

    Ulster SFC final
    FT Fermanagh 0-12 Donegal 2-18

    All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2
    FT Offaly 2-14 Clare 1-19

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  • 16:49
    41,728 in GAA HQ for today's Leinster final
  • 16:56
  • 16:57
    Dublin 1-8 Laois 0-5 (36') Second half underway in Croker. Jack McCaffrey is on for Eric Lowndes
  • 16:58
    Dublin 1-9 Laois 0-5 (36') Beautiful sidestep from Con O'Callaghan gives him the time to tap over the first point of the second half.
  • 17:01
    Dublin 1-10 Laois 0-6 (38') Kieran Lillis points via Hawk-Eye. Comerford hits a poor resultant kickout which Evan O'Carroll cuts out. But he's nailed by McCaffrey. Dublin come up the field and win a free which Dean Rock slots
  • 17:03
    Dublin 1-11 Laois 0-6 (41') Ciaran Kilkenny is fouled and from 45 metres Dean Rock scores his sixth point
  • 17:05
    Dublin 1-12 Laois 0-6 (42')  Great run by Donie Kingston, he goes for goal rather than takes his point and it's easily caught. Immature play. On the counter Paddy Andrews is clinical and extends the lead
  • 17:06
    Dublin 1-12 Laois 0-7 (44')  Long ball into Donie, Philly pulls him down. He gets up and taps over his free
  • 17:07
    Dublin 1-13 Laois 0-7 (46')  Jack McCaffrey has just torn through Laois but his goal attempt is saved - twice - by the excellent Graham Brody. Incredible pace there by the Clontarf halfback. Rock converts the 45
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  • 17:12
    Dublin 1-14 Laois 0-7 (49') Cormac Costello is on and as he tends to do whenever he's on the field for the Dubs, he scores.
  • 17:13

    Dublin 1-15 Laois 0-7 (51') Kilkenny to Rock, Rock to Costello, Costello back to Kilkenny and Dublin go 11 points up.  

    Ross Munnelly comes in for Laois.

  • 17:16

    Dublin 1-17 Laois 0-7 (53') Begley hits another Laois wide at one end. Paul Mannion points at the other. Ciaran Kilkenny then scores a beauty cutting across the D. 1-3 for him already and he's been doing some scoring this year

  • 17:16
  • 17:17
    Laois lose Graham Brody to injury. An excellent showing from the Laois goalkeeper. Meanwhile Costello gets his second point (double checked by Hawk-Eye)
  • 17:20
    Red card for John Small. He comes in with a closed fist on the face of Evan O'Carroll on the ground
  • 17:23

    Dublin 1-19 Laois 0-7 (61') Another goal chance for McCaffrey. His pace is frightening. This time he needs a one-two to get away but again it's saved. Next attack and Mannion finds Rock for point number seven.

  • 17:26

    Dublin 1-21 Laois 0-7 (65') Niall Scully has been excellent throughout. Winning breaking ball, and providing excellent passes and interlink play. And he gets his name on the scoresheet too in the final 10 minutes.  

    1-4 for Ciaran Kilkenny then (all play)

  • 17:29

    Dublin 1-22 Laois 0-7 (67') Cormac Costello's third point since coming on. Over 23 minutes since Laois' last score

  • 17:32

    Dublin 1-24 Laois 0-8 (69') Evan O'Carroll has shown well for the ball all day. Laois' best forward today. He points. Cormac Costello hits back with his fourth and Brian Howard floats over another. He's had an impressive second half

  • 17:37

    FT Dublin 1-25 Laois 0-10  Even though Kieran Lillis had a very good match man-marking him, Brian Fenton drives over his second point. One with either foot. What a player!

  • 17:44

    So that's that . . . Three of the four provincial football finals this year have been very one-sided (two from two today). Dublin join Galway, Kerry and Donegal in the Super8s. Tomorrow morning  Mayo, Monaghan, Cavan, Tyrone, Kildare, Armagh, Leitrim and Clare go into the third round qualifier draw.

    Match reports and analysis from today's games are already on their way in. We'll be back next weekend for the Munster and Leinster hurling finals. Until then, thanks for joining us.

    @DonoghueEamon

    Leinster SFC final
    FT Dublin 1-25 Laois 0-10    

    Ulster SFC final
    FT Fermanagh 0-12 Donegal 2-18

    All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2
    FT Offaly 2-14 Clare 1-19