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Cavan v Tyrone and Kildare v Mayo top the bill in today's round three football qualifiers

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  • Hello and Welcome . . . There are four round three football qualifiers this evening, with Monaghan, Mayo and Tyrone all in action.
    Our focus will be on Tyrone v Cavan before Mayo take on Kildare in Newbridge. Yes Newbridge, after the venue dominated this week's build-up.

    We'll keep you up to date throughout, right here. Be sure to get in touch, via either the comments section ('Contact Us' tab) or on Twitter (@DonoghueEamon).

    Let's get started!

  • Round Three football qualifiers:

    FT Leitrim 0-9 Monaghan 1-19
    L Armagh 2-15 Clare 1-15
    Cavan v Tyrone, Croke Park, 5pm
    Kildare v Mayo, Croke Park, 7pm

  • Ten minutes ago Clare led 0-15 to 1-9 but Kieran McGeeney's team have turned things around. Heading into injury time
  • Four of the seven minutes of injury time remain and Armagh lead by four
  • FT Armagh 2-16 Clare 1-15 - Armagh go into the fourth round of the qualifiers are a powerful finish - scoring 1-2 at a crucial period to come from behind in the Gaelic Grounds
  • TEAM NEWS:  

    CAVAN:  James Farrelly; Killian Brady, Conor Moynagh, Enda Flanagan; Ciaran Brady, Martin Reilly, Fergal Reilly; Killian Clarke, Gearoid McKiernan; Oisin Kiernan, Dara McVeety, Niall Murray; Conor Bradley, Cian Mackey, Sean Johnston.

    TYRONE:  Michael O'Neill; Padraig Hampsey, Ronan McNamee, Tiernan McCann; Michael McKernan, Frank Burns, Peter Harte; Colm Cavanagh, Declan McClure; Mattie Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Conor Meyler; Cathal McShane, Richard Donnelly, Connor McAliskey.

    MAYO:  David Clarke; Chris Barrett, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Paddy Durcan; Diarmuid O'Connor, Stephen Coen; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O'Shea, James Durcan; Jason Doherty, Cillian O'Connor, Andy Moran

    KILDARE:  Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, David Hyland, Mick O'Grady; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Paul Cribbin, Keith Cribbin; Neil Flynn, Daniel Flynn, Paddy Brophy

  • Two changes apiece on the Cavan and Tyrone teams there. Dara McVeety and Conor Moynagh both come in for Cavan after having their red cards overturned during the week.

    Tyrone bring in Tiernan McCann and Michael O'Neill

  • Round Three football qualifiers:

    FT Leitrim 0-9 Monaghan 1-19
    FT Armagh 2-16 Clare 1-15
    Cavan v Tyrone, Croke Park, 5pm
    Kildare v Mayo, Croke Park, 7pm

  • Tyrone have only lost one qualifier to another Ulster team and they have generally kept the local hierarchies going – Cavan haven’t beaten Tyrone in 35 years. Tyrone performances haven’t been hectic since defeat by Monaghan and they were fortunate to see off Meath in extra time but the team is stronger now and has the players and the know-how to win this.

    Verdict:  Tyrone

    Read Sean Moran's preview in full here (hard to disagree with him)

  • Cavan 0-0 Tyrone 0-1 (1') GAME ON! Cavan foul at the throw in. Tyrone let it in before Cavan can set up defensively and Mattie Donnelly opens the scoring.
  • Cavan 0-0 Tyrone 0-1 (3') A very slow calculated build up ends in Peter Harte kicking the first wide of the game. Tyrone with the slight wind advantage in Brewster Park.
  • Cavan 0-0 Tyrone 0-2 (3') Superb kickout by Michael O'Neill sends Niall Sludden on his way. He's fouled and Peter Harte doubles Tyrone's early wide
  • Cavan 0-1 Tyrone 0-2 (8') Ciaran Brady breaks a tackle and gets Cavan underway. That attack began with a powerful catch from Gearoid McKiernan in the middle. Tyrone were cleaned out by Meath at midfield, and Cavan will hope to get on top in that sector too.
  • Cavan 0-1 Tyrone 0-4 (9') Cavan stand off Niall Sludden - who has started brightly - and he floats over a lovely point under no pressure. Tiernan McCann then adds another.
  • Cavan 0-2 Tyrone 0-4 (12')  Dara McVeety turns his man, steps back out and curls it up and over the bar. What a brilliant footballer this young man is!  
  • Cavan 0-4 Tyrone 0-4 (13')  Killian Clarke gets down the right wing and floats over a good point. He's been getting forward from the middle of the park, and had a wide earlier on. McKiernan then gets his first point.  
  • Cavan's last three scores coming from their three main players, and they'll need massive games from those lads today!
  • Cavan 0-4 Tyrone 0-5 (18')  Frank Burns backs himself from distance and puts Tyrone back in front
  • Cavan 0-5 Tyrone 0-7 (21')  McKiernan flicks down the kickout, it's worked to McVeety and he veers right and again gives it plenty of air for his second point. Cathal McShane and Tiernan McCann (his second point) respond instantly
  • McKiernan has caught another screamer! Tyrone have a serious problem at midfield.
  • Cavan working the ball up the field fluidly but Tyrone are sitting back and waiting for the loose pass before counter attacking at pace. Playing into the wind Cavan are a little predictable as everything is through the hands. It's still 0-5 to 0-7 after 27 minutes
  • Cavan 0-5 Tyrone 0-8 (29')  Niall Sludden from out in the right corner kicks Tyrone's third wide. The next attack and McShane gets on the end of a counter attack and fists over when a goal might have been on.
  • Cavan 0-5 Tyrone 0-9 (32')  Cavan are too casual and turn it over in a scoring position, again. Tyrone counter and Mattie Donnelly squeezes his second point over. This time with his left
  • Cavan 0-5 Tyrone 0-9 (37')  Big blow for Cavan as Killian Clarke limps off. He seemed to hurt himself chasing back during Tyrone's last counter attack. Sean McCormack comes on wearing number eight.

    We are two minutes into the four added on

  • HT Cavan 0-5 Tyrone 0-9 (37')  After a good start there were just two points in the final 18 minutes of that first half. The warm conditions seems to be slowing things down, even more than you'd expect with these two.

    Tyrone are the better team, with a lower error count. Cavan have lost Killian Clarke but they are still dominating at midfield and will have the wind advantage in the second half. Lots to play for.

  • Round Three football qualifiers:

    FT Leitrim 0-9 Monaghan 1-19
    FT Armagh 2-16 Clare 1-15
    HT Cavan 0-5 Tyrone 0-9
    Kildare v Mayo, Croke Park, 7pm

  • Cavan 0-5 Tyrone 0-9 (36') Adrian Cole replaces Cian Mackey as we get underway for the second half. McKiernan grabs the throw in
  • Cavan 0-5 Tyrone 0-10 (37') A sloppy foul by Ciaran Brady allows McAliskey to tap over a free
  • Cavan 0-6 Tyrone 0-10 (41')  Connor McAliskey is put in over the top but Cavan scramble excellently to force a turnover. A let off! Next attack and McKiernan scores a free (their first point since the 19th minute)
  • Cavan 1-6 Tyrone 0-10 (43')  Cavan needed that break. A shot from distance drops short and Martin Reilly is most alert to cut across the Tyrone 'keeper and flick the ball into the net.
  • Cavan 1-7 Tyrone 0-10 (44')  What a score!!!! Tyrone pull McKiernan to one wing and try and kick it to the other. It was all too obvious though as the big Cavan midfielder cut across and won it uncontested. A quick one-two and a beautiful left footed point later and it's a level game.
  • Cavan 1-7 Tyrone 0-12 (47')  Ronan O'Neill comes on and kicks a free before a lovely score from Niall Sludden (his second)
  • Cavan 1-8 Tyrone 0-12 (49')  Cavan are growing in confidence and Oisin Kiernan keeps them ticking
  • Cavan 1-8 Tyrone 0-12 (52')  Some very close calls going Cavan's way. Mattie Donnelly looked to have been fouled at one end. Cavan turn it over and at the other end the outstanding McKiernan does win one. With the wind at his back, he gets up and kicks it wide. Still a one point game
  • Cavan 1-9 Tyrone 0-13 (55')  Seanie Johnston has been at very little out the field, slowing things down if anything. This time he picks it up in the right corner and curls over a beauty. Leave him in there!

    Richie Donnelly replies with a nice whipped point

  • Cavan 1-10 Tyrone 0-13 (56')  Conor Moynagh looked to wind one up earlier but was blocked, this time he backs himself again and shows just why with a terrific point from about 40m out on the left!

  • Cavan 1-10 Tyrone 0-14 (58')  Peter Harte snaps up the breaking ball and goes on a run, pops it to Ronan O'Neill and Tyrone lead again

  • Round Three football qualifiers:

    FT Leitrim 0-9 Monaghan 1-19
    FT Armagh 2-16 Clare 1-15
    L Cavan 1-10 Tyrone 0-14
    Kildare v Mayo, Croke Park, 7pm

  • Cavan 1-10 Tyrone 0-16 (63')  McVeety's short free is cut out and Tyrone counter in numbers. Frank Burns is at the end of it but his goal effort is blocked. Still enough in it to deflect over the bar. Ronan O'Neill then gets his third point as Cian Mackey comes back on for Cavan

  • Cavan 1-10 Tyrone 0-17 (66')  A bit of a soft free for Ronan O'Neill and Peter Harte kicks it over the bar

  • Cavan 1-11 Tyrone 0-17 (69')  McKiernan again, this time with his right peg, kicks Cavan's first point in 12 minutes

  • Cavan 1-11 Tyrone 0-18 (69')  Niall Sludden again. What an efficient footballer he is. A four point game now with normal time nearly up

  • Five minutes of additional time
  • Cavan 1-12 Tyrone 0-18 (71')  McKiernan's fifth point, his second free. Back to a one score game

  • Cavan 1-12 Tyrone 0-18 (73')  McVeety kicks a wide as McKiernan moves into fullforward

  • Ciaran Brady picks up a second yellow card
  • Cavan 1-12 Tyrone 0-18 (76')  Mattie Donnelly draws and wins a free - Ronan O'Neill kicks it wide

  • FT Cavan 1-12 Tyrone 0-19 The referee blows it up from the kickout. Cavan were brought back into that game by a very fortunate goal and the absolute brilliance of Gearoid McKiernan. But all in all, Tyrone were the better team.  

    They go into Monday's draw with serious problems remaining at midfield, and a lack of urgency in their play, but all the same they are one step away from the Super 8s and building momentum.

  • Round Three football qualifiers:

    FT Leitrim 0-9 Monaghan 1-19
    FT Armagh 2-16 Clare 1-15
    FT Cavan 1-12 Tyrone 0-19
    Kildare v Mayo, Croke Park, 7pm

  • TEAM NEWS (as per programme):  

    MAYO:  David Clarke; Chris Barrett, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Paddy Durcan; Diarmuid O'Connor, Stephen Coen; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O'Shea, James Durcan; Jason Doherty, Cillian O'Connor, Andy Moran

    KILDARE:    Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, David Hyland, Mick O'Grady; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Paul Cribbin, Keith Cribbin; Neil Flynn, Daniel Flynn, Paddy Brophy

  • Kildare 0-0 Mayo 0-0 (1') GAME ON! Kildare win the throw in and Johnny Byrne kicks the first wide of the match
  • Kildare 0-0 Mayo 0-1 (2') Stephen Coen gets on the end of a strong first Mayo attack.  
  • Cillian O'Connor and Daniel Flynn both drop their efforts short. A much higher intensity to this encounter than Tyrone v Cavan
  • Kildare 0-1 Mayo 0-1 (4') Fergal Conway bombs over a beauty to get the hosts underway
  • Kildare 0-3 Mayo 0-1 (7')  Neil Flynn takes Kildare's first free (rather than Kevin Feely) and he slots it. Feely then gets forward to grab one himself from play
  • Two very poor Mayo shots - one from Cillian O'Connor and the other from James Durcan - as Kildare have started the stronger
  • Kildare 0-3 Mayo 0-2 (10')  Kildare force Andy Moran out into the corner, he settles down and floats it high and over the bar
  • Kildare 0-4 Mayo 0-2 (11')  Daniel Flynn shows his power, he comes out from 14 into the right half forward position - the other Kildare forwards pull out - and he takes on Ger Cafferkey and fists it over
  • Kildare 0-5 Mayo 0-2 (13')  Neil Flynn grabs his second free
  • Kildare 0-6 Mayo 0-2 (14')  Peter Kelly cuts out a poor pass, Paul Cribbin is found first time and he cuts across the half forward line and points over his left shoulder at full tilt. Brilliant score
  • Kildare 0-7 Mayo 0-2 (16')  Daniel Flynn again runs at the Mayo defence, he buries Colm Boyle out of the way but his fisted effort is blocked out for a 45 by David Clarke. Neill Flynn floats the 45 over the black spot.
  • Kildare 0-7 Mayo 0-3 (18')  Cillian O'Connor with a free to ease the pressure for Mayo. Badly needed
  • Kildare 0-7 Mayo 0-4 (20')  Two frees in a row for Cillian O'Connor. Kildare are on top all over but they need to show it on the scoreboard
  • Kildare 0-7 Mayo 0-5 (21')  Diarmuid O'Connor has started strongly and he wins a poor Kildare kickout, it's worked to Paddy Durcan and the Castlebar halfback drives over a point from distance.
  • Kildare 0-7 Mayo 0-6 (24')  Jason Doherty is fouled in the corner and CO'C gets his third free to suddenly make it a one point game again
  • Kildare 0-7 Mayo 0-7 (28')  Two in a row for Paddy Durcan - one off either foot and Mayo are looking the fitter team in these testing conditions
  • Kildare 0-7 Mayo 0-8 (29')  Another defensive foul by Kildare - this fouling is killing them - and Cillian O'Connor kicks it over after it's brought in for mouthing
  • Kildare 0-8 Mayo 0-9 (32')  Paul Cribbin is in the mood this evening. He comes out demanding the ball and takes on a shot over his shoulder from distance. An inspirational score. Diarmuid O'Connor then responds with an excellent point of his own.
  • Kildare 0-9 Mayo 0-9 (34')  Peter Kelly makes a great break, and he's pulled down just shy of penalty territory. Neil Flynn slots the resultant free
  • One minute of first half additional time to be played
  • HT Kildare 0-9 Mayo 0-9 Kildare started so strongly here (they led 0-7 to 0-2) but in the heat they struggled to maintain their intensity and ruined all of their good work with lazy/tired fouling. Mayo finished with some trademark running moves. In fairness to both teams, this has been a really good game of football. More of the same please.
  • Round Three football qualifiers:

    FT  Leitrim 0-9 Monaghan 1-19
    FT Armagh 2-16 Clare 1-15
    FT Cavan 1-12 Tyrone 0-19
    HT Kildare 0-9 Mayo 0-9

  • Kildare 0-9 Mayo 0-10 (37') The second half gets underway with Aidan O'Shea catching the throw-in and running at the heart of the Kildare defence. He links up with Diarmuid O'Connor who tees up Andy Moran. But the Footballer of the Year kicks wide. In the next attack he makes amends.
  • Kildare 0-11 Mayo 0-10 (38') Paul Cribbin sets up Neil Flynn for a lovely hooked shot. He then drives one over himself (his third point). Ger Cafferkey hits him hard and late after that point and picks up a yellow card. Cribbin has been excellent.
  • Kildare 0-11 Mayo 0-12 (41') Aidan O'Shea has caught the last two Mayo kickouts - way too easy - and scores have come off his first time deliveries on both occasions. This time it's via a Cillian O'Connor free.

    However that point did look like it went over the post (no hawk-eye in Newbridge of course).  

    Paddy Durcan then scores his third point.

  • Kildare 0-12 Mayo 0-14 (44') Neil Flynn scores a free and we are level again. Kildare hanging in there . .  

    Not for long though as Kevin McLoughlin scores a beauty from distance and Jason Doherty adds another

  • Kildare 0-14 Mayo 0-14 (48') Paul Cribbin again, takes on his man and wins a free. Neill Flynn converts it. Then he floats another over himself.

  • Kildare 0-14 Mayo 0-15 (52') James Durcan pops it to Doherty who kicks another important score for Mayo. His second in this second half.

  • Kildare 0-15 Mayo 0-15 (55') Brilliant mark from Kevin Feely, his second in a row, and at the end of it Daniel Flynn scores on the turn. Kildare need to get more ball into him.

  • Kildare 0-16 Mayo 0-15 (56') Kildare go ahead with 15 minutes left as Feely gets his second point (off his left boot)

  • Kildare 0-17 Mayo 0-15 (57') Johnny Byrne finds space out on the right wing, takes it on, and puts Kildare two points up

  • Kildare 0-17 Mayo 0-16 (60')  Massive run by Diarmuid O'Connor, he pulls the trigger but it's saved. It pops back up to him and left footed it's blocked out for a 45. His brother Cillian scores it

  • Kildare 0-17 Mayo 0-17 (63')  Eoin O'Donoghue comes off the bench and (this lad is a corner back) scores an around the corner beauty from nearly 40m out. Level again

  • Neil Flynn lines up a free from the 45. . .  
  • Kildare 0-18 Mayo 0-17 (66') He misses it. From the following attack Kildare turn Mayo over, it's worked to Daniel Flynn who takes his man on and pops it to Peter Kelly who fists a point

  • Niall Kelly then fists another over and Kildare are two up - and they look to have more gas left at this stage
  • Kildare 0-19 Mayo 0-18 (67') Paddy Durcan with his fourth point from wing back, this one is from the shooting pocket to the left of the posts, leaning back. Badly neeeded

  • Two minutes of normal time remain and Kildare playing keep ball in their own half
  • Unbelievable tackle from Diarmuid O'Connor. What an engine. He then wins a free but Kildare quickly win it back and Paul Cribbin kicks a wide
  • Kildare 0-19 Mayo 0-18 (71') There will be seven minutes of additional time. Mayo have lost Kevin McLoughlin to a black card (Cian Hanely is on)

  • Kildare 0-20 Mayo 0-18 (74') David Clarke pulls off a huge save to deny Niall Kelly a goal and the referee then says Diarmuid O'Connor picked the rebound off the ground when it was quite clearly bouncing. Neill Flynn scores the free

  • Kildare win the next kickout
  • Kildare 0-21 Mayo 0-18 (76') Eamon Callaghan comes on and the veteran kicks a point to put his team three up

  • Andy Moran has a free in the left corner - won by Diarmuid O'Connor - and he'll lash it into the square
  • Second yellow for Aidan O'Shea - so he won't be under it
  • Fergal Conway wins it but then loses it and just as Conor Loftus is about to wind up he's fouled
  • Andy Moran goes for goal but it's too high
  • FT Kildare 0-21 Mayo 0-19 Kildare won the battle to bring this match to Newbridge, they took Mayo on at their own game, scored 21 points and won. Fair play to them.

  • So that's that . . . Mayo are out of the Championship as Kildare prove that home advantage does matter. What a game of football, Paul Cribbin, Daniel Flynn, Kevin Feely, Diarmuid O'Connor and Paddy Durcan all giving absolute exhibitions. Kildare join Tyrone - too good for Cavan and the outstanding Gearoid McKiernan - Armagh and Monaghan in Monday's round four draw.

    Match reports and analysis are on the way. We'll be back tomorrow with the Munster and Leinster hurling finals, until then, thanks for joining us.


    Round Three football qualifiers:
    FT  Leitrim 0-9 Monaghan 1-19
    FT Armagh 2-16 Clare 1-15
    FT Cavan 1-12 Tyrone 0-19
    FT Kildare 0-21 Mayo 0-19