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Robert Cox’s GAA Weekend Treble

Robert Cox’s GAA Weekend Treble – July 13th & 14th

The Super 8s are finally here this weekend and apart from a few expected one-sided and dead rubber games over the course of the next month, we can now actually start to look forward to some close encounters and high quality football.

All eight teams are in action over the course of this Saturday and Sunday and I have taken a look at three of the games, opting to leave the Donegal v Meath game well alone!!

 

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ROSCOMMON v TYRONE

Tyrone -2

First up is the meeting of Connacht Champions Roscommon and perennial qualifier experts Tyrone at 5pm in Dr. Hyde Park at 5pm on Saturday evening. Once again I expect Mickey Harte’s men to come away with a relatively comfortable victory. Ever since their disappointing Ulster semi final loss to Donegal, the Red-Hand men, lead by their instrumental full forward Cathal McShane have racked up routine wins away to Longford and Kildare and against Cavan in Clones. The Cavan win was particularly impressive, given its margin, 16 points in the end. In McShane and Harte they have two of the best players in the country at the minute but they are more than just a two man team, as the Rossies will find out to their detriment come Saturday evening.

In fairness to Roscommon they do garner some respect given their exploits in the west, beating both Mayo and Galway enroute to claiming the Nestor cup but one fears that could be the highlight of their year. They have quality in their ranks in the shape of Conor Cox, Enda Smith and Diarmuid Murtagh but the month off since their success might leave them a bit rusty. In comparison Tyrone are flying, with three games on the spin of late. The sides met at the same stage last year, with Tyrone coming out easy winners on a scoreline of 4-24 to 2-12.

I expect a repeat of this, but not to the extent of 12 months ago so Tyrone -2 is my pick here.

 

DUBLIN v CORK

Dublin -8

It’s the clash of the two big cities at Croke Park on Saturday night at 7pm as Dublin take their next step in their quest for five in a row and I expect them to come through this one with some ease, without probably even needing to get out of the 2nd or 3rd gear in the process.

To reach this stage Ronan McGrath’s Cork side have only had to negotiate facile wins over Limerick and Laois and though they have been free scoring in both them ties and in their Munster final loss to Kerry, this will be a completely new challenge for them. They have improved somewhat since their poor league form seen them relegated to Division 3 of the league but unfortunately for them it won’t be enough to even come close to the Dubs on the wide open expanses of HQ. The Rebels have found the net 10 times in their 3 Championship games, thanks mainly to their top marksmen Brian Hurley and Mark Collins. Add to that the hard working and skilful Ruairí Deane on the half forward line and they will cause Dublin some problems by running at them. But only early on before the juggernaut takes over.

Dublin’s season only really gets going at this stage, having easily negotiated their way to their 9th Leinster title in 10 years, culminating in a final rout of neighbours Meath. Cormac Costello has been their main man in attack but they ooze strength all over the pitch. He is ably assisted upfront by Paul Mannion and Ciaran Kilkenny and the scoring return to action of Dean Rock v Meath makes for ominous viewing for the rest. Brian Fenton is still the best midfielder in the country and they don’t give up too much at the back either. Jim Gavin knows tougher ties lie ahead in the shape of Donegal and maybe a Tyrone or a Kerry but this is a nice tie for his side to ease themselves into the Super 8s.

Cork may live with the Dubs for a while but my selection of Dublin -8 looks a shoe in.

 

KERRY v MAYO

BTTS A Goal

 The last game of the weekend is surely the most mouth watering of the lot as Kerry play host to Mayo at 4pm at Fitzgerald Stadium. As when Mayo played Armagh a couple of weeks ago, I find the outcome of this one too hard to call, so like that evening I have gone for both teams to score a goal. One thing is for sure when Mayo are around you are always guaranteed plenty of action and drama and with two high class forward lines on display, I feel this Sunday will be no different, so expect the net to be rattled on a few occasions!

Kerry come into the Super 8s as Munster Champions having laboured to victories over Clare and Cork. Despite the talent at their disposal, Peter Keane’s side are yet to set their 2019 campaign alight and after their domination at minor level in recent years the people of the Kingdom expect. They do have serious firepower in attack and will look to star David Clifford to shin the Super 8s, where he shot to prominence in 2018. If they are to reverse their league final defeat at the hands of Sunday’s opponents they will look to Sean O’Shea, David Moran and Clifford to shine.

Mayo for their part are gathering pace. After a disappointing Connacht semi final loss at home to Roscommon, James Horan’s men have bounced back with wins against Down, Armagh and more impressively against Galway last weekend. In James Carr they have a very exciting prospect, with the wing forward banging in two goals in the Galway victory. Despite been plagued by injuries throughout 2019 and recently losing Captain Diarmuid O’Connor, Mayo still have a strong panel to pick from. Paddy Durcan and Donal Vuaghan are in fine form and if Cillian O’Connor and Aidan O’Shea perform to their abilities they may well leave Killarney with a famous win.

Still, this one is too hard to call so my selection of both teams to score a goal in what promises to be a good open game of football looks the best bet in this one.

Tyrone -2,   Dublin -8   &   Kerry v Mayo BTTS A Goal 

 

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Scoil Dara Kilcock v Enniscorthy

South Leinster Junior Football Q/F

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New Kilcock Captain announced

Conor Caulfield has been confirmed as the new Captain of the Kilcock Intermediate footballers for the upcoming 2018 season. 

The Monaghan native, who enjoyed a fine debut season at midfield for his new club in 2017, takes over from the recently retired goalkeeper Shane Stone. 

Caulfield’s powerful displays at midfield were instrumental in Declan Gibbons’ charges reaching the Intermediate final where they lost out to favourites Raheens. He also showed his leadership qualities in the final round of the league by scoring a crucial last minute goal to help Kilcock survive in division two.

Gibbons will have taken all this into account in making his decision and has put his faith in the former Scotstown player to try and help his youthful side go one step further in 2018.

Duke of Kilcock honoured at Gaa Awards Night

Kilcock Intermediate footballer David Duke was awarded player of the year at the the club’s annual Christmas party and awards night at Kilcock Gaa on Saturday night.

Duke had an impressive year at wing-forward where he chipped in with some really important scores and put in a serious amount of work every game as his side reached the championship final before losing out to Raheens. 

Tom Geraghty was crowned hurler of the year by his teammates after an impressive year with the junior side.

Lorna Murray was awarded Camogie player of the year after captaining Ciaran Heneghan’s team to Kildare Junior Camogie Championship glory with a victory over Clane.

Sheena Byrne was awarded Ladies Player of the year after a super year with the women’s team. She drove her team on and they were unlucky to be beaten in the county Semi-Final against Carbury, where 2 late goals from Byrne weren’t enough to poach victory from their old foes.

Former Mayo footballer to take charge of Clane

It is rumoured that Clane Gaa are set to appoint former Mayo footballer David Brady as the new manager of their senior footballers.

If Brady does take over he will have a decent crop of youngsters to work with, as the club were only recently crowned minor football champions. In addition to that the u21 footballers have a championship semi final to look forward to this weekend against Sarsfields.

More to follow……….

Four Kilcock players on Intermediate team of the year

Kildare Intermediate football finalists Kilcock have had four players named on the ‘Kildare Nationalist Intermediate team of the year 2017′.

Declan Gibbons’ team are represented by defender Jason Gibbons at wing back, Daniel Courtney at midfield, David Duke at wing forward and Ciaran Murray at full forward.

The team was compiled by the Sport’s Editor of The Kildare Nationalist Ger McNally and also includes eight players from champions Raheens, two from Clogherinkoe and one from Monasterevan.

Gibbons enjoyed a fine full first season at adult level, having gained some experience in 2016 after helping the Kildare minors to Leinster championship glory in the summer. Courtney was pivotal in Kilcock’s run to the final from both half back and midfield, with his powerful runs through the middle a regular sight in every round. He has since been called up to train with Cian O’Neill’s Kildare.

David Duke had an excellent season after converting to wing forward and chipped in with some fine points, especially against Raheens in round 2. Murray really came to prominence when the competition reached the knock out stages and was the vocal point for every Kilcock attack, netting his 4th goal of the championship in the final. Had the referee rewarded his hard work with some frees in the showpiece, Kilcock may well have taken the cup home!!

McNally’s side is a fair reflection on what was another very enjoyable Kildare IFC and if I was to make any additions from the men in green and gold I would have to go for Fearghal O’Brien and Conor Caulfield.

Courtney and Powderly to train with Kildare ahead of 2018 season

Daniel Courtney in action for Kilcock v Clane during the 2017 league.

Kilcock duo Daniel Courtney and Eoin Powderly have been invited to train with an extended Kildare Senior Football panel over the coming months in preperation for the 2018 season. 

Both men played a vital part in Kilcock reaching the Intermediate final, where they eventually fell to an impressive Raheens side. 

The pair have previous inter county experience with Courtney a member of the 2015 Leinster minor winning side, where he lined out in midfield. Corner back Powderly was part of O’Neill’s senior panel in 2015 before suffering a cruciate ligament injury but to his credit he made a remarkable recovery in returning to full fitness to aid Kilcock’s run to the recent county final. 

Only this week Emmet Bolton retired from inter-county action and O’Neill will be looking replace him and any future losses by blooding some more youth as his side look to close the gap on Dublin in the coming years.