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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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All Ireland title for Meath

Well done to the Meath Darts team who were crowned All Ireland champions for the first time ever, beating Donegal 7-0 in the final.

The tournament was held at the West County Hotel in Ennis last Saturday and Sunday. Meath won the quarter final 7-3 against Kilkenny before accounting for Wexford in the semis.

Kilcock’s Andrew Reilly (pictured front row, 1st from the right) was on the successful side, whose 7-0 final victory was also a first in the history of the competition. Reilly was Meath’s 12th man due in but wasn’t needed in the final due to the nature of the result. Reilly was needed in the last 16 against Galway, where he clinched victory for the Royals in 7-5 win.

Meath currently hold the youth, men’s A and men’s B All Ireland titles.

Athlone Town AFC to be renamed Aaron Island!!

Robert Cox

Sun, Feb 11th 2018

Athlone Town AFC manager Aaron Callaghan has added Meath man Aaron Williams to his squad ahead of the 2018 League of Ireland season.

Williams, who is from Summerhill and previously played for the local team Parkceltic Summerhill FC, was on the scoresheet in Athlone’s pre-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers last week, a game that finished in a 3-3 draw.

He joins fellow Aaron, Aaron Brilly from neighbouring town Kilcock at the midlanders as they look to compete in the top half of the first division table over the coming months.

Both men attended Scoil Dara Kilcock, a school that has produced several League of Ireland players including Shane Barrett, Ciaran Kilduff and Shane Fitzgerald.

Keep an eye out on all my social media platforms over the coming months to follow the pairs fortunes.

Blackhall left to rue missed chances in Seneschalstown draw

When the full time whistle blew at Fr Tully Park, Seneschalstown at 12.20pm on Sunday, both the visitors, Blackhall Gaels and their hosts headed for their respective post game huddles wondering how on earth they didn’t come away with the maximum points on offer. Instead they had to settle for a point apiece as the game ended 0-12 to 0-12.

On paper this looked like the pick of the Meath SFL division two, round two games at the weekend and in terms of competivness and excitement it didn’t disappoint, though the general quality all over the pitch left a lot to be desired at times.

Blackhall Gaels will rue the missed opportunites the most as they kicked wide after wide in the final ten minutes, as well as throwing away a two point lead during the same period. However on the flip side, Liam Keane’s side will be a sense relieved that they didn’t leave empty handed, an outcome that would have been almost certain had Cathal Finnegan’s late goal-bound effort not have flashed wide of David Ferris’ goal.

The tie was Seneschalstown’s first of the year after their first round game was cancelled so they can be excused for their rustiness. It was unusual to see only one Sheridan line out for the home side, with Brian taking his place at midfield. Like their blue and yellow counterparts they are at the beginning of a re-building phase it seems.

Blackhall for their part were looking to bounce back from their disappointing round one loss at home to Castletown and were grateful for the return of Donnacha Healy, James Kelly, Hugh Smith, Stephen Morris and former county man Donnacha Tobin, though Alan Nestor was an absentee through ilness.

Blackhall started the game like they meant business and drew first blood when centre forward Sean Whelan split the posts with a lovely right-footed effort after three minutes before the Yellow Furze men struck three points in a row through wing back Adam Carey, impressive corner forward Cathal Finnegan and Brian Sheridan from a free to put them 3-1 ahead.

The two sides traded points throughout the remainder of the first half without ever really threatening the goal, though David Ferris did pull off a top drawer safe in the Blackhall goals from a Robert Wogan effort, with Ferris’ team mate Daniel Carty clearing the rebound off the line. Paul Kelly, Whelan (2), Sean Healy and Andy Brady (2) raised the white flag for the Gaels while James Meade, Finnegan and Sheridan fired over for Seneschalstown before Wogan levelled matters just on the stroke of half time. Blackahll lost the influential John Kelly to a nasty looking ankle injury early on which didn’t help their cause, with only two substitutes on the bench. H/T Sen 0-7 BHG 0-7

Blackhall started the second half as they did the first, with Paul Kelly this time hitting a left-footed free from the 45-yard line, out near the wing. Finnegan responded almost instantly to tie the game up again, with the dimunitive corner forward wreaking havoc in the Gaels defence.

Both sides were guilty of kicking some relatively easy wides for the remainder but Andy Brady and Donnacha Healy did trade points with Finnegan (2) to leave the sides locked on 0-10 with fifteen minutes remaining. A Whelan free and one of the scores of the day from Paul Kelly, when he made his way past four defenders before blasting over with the outside of the left, put Blackhall two ahead (12-10) and seemingly heading for victory as the game entered its final ten minutes but Finnegan was to have other ideas.

The aforementioned Finnegan, a county minor panelist from last year, struck two superb points from play to level proceedings, to set up a tense final few minutes. A final few minutes that saw both sides squander what would surely have been the winning score. Finnegan blasted his goal effort wide when a point surely would have sufficed but Blackhall were the guiltier of the two, kicking atleast six scoreable shots wide of David Lyons’ goal in the closing moments.

In the end the two senior championship teams had to settle for a point apiece, with both camps left scratching their heads about what might have been. It is only February but improvement is needed. Atleast time is on their side.

Donnacha Tobin kept Blackhall going all day with his endless hard work around the middle, while David Ferris in goal and Stephen Morris, just back from his travels, also impressed. Mark Fox and Adam Carey shone for Seneschalstown at the back while Brian Sheridan (midfield), Robert Wogan and man of the match Finnegan were also to the fore.

F/T Sen 0-12 BHG 0-12

Scorers: Seneschalstown C.Finnegan 0-7, B.Sheridan 0-2, J.Meade 0-1, A.Carey 0-1, R.Wogan 0-1

Blackhall Gaels S.Whelan 0-4, A.Brady 0-3, P.Kelly 0-3, D.Healy 0-1 S.Healy 0-1

Seneschalstown:

Blackhall Gaels: D.Ferris, C.Nally, Dan Carty, James Kelly, D.Healy, P.Brady, H.Smith, P.O’Brien, D.Tobin, S.Morris, S.Whelan, P.Kelly, John Kelly, A.Brady, Dermot Carty Subs: S.Healy for John Kelly (inj), Brian O’Connor for S.Healy

Kilcock’s Sheena Byrne is named LGFA overall volunteer of the year.

Kilcock’ Sheena Byrne, right of picture before a league game with Maynooth in 2017.

Kilcock LGFA secretary and senior footballer Sheena Byrne has been named the LGFA Overall Volunteer of the year for 2017.

Sheena Byrne – Kilcock, Kildare

The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Sheena will receive the Lulu Carroll award, named after the late Lulu Carroll, who was a 2001 All-Ireland senior medallist with Laois.

Lulu, who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.

Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

Sheena, from the Kilcock Ladies Football club in county Kildare, has been volunteering for 14 years and fulfils a number of role

Sheena is club secretar, coordinating and fundraising activities for Kilcock’s adult and juvenile sections, and remains an active playing member.

In 2004, Sheena, who is a local school teacher in Scoil Choca Naofa, was responsible for setting up the club’s juvenile section along with her sister Linda and she is renowned for her outstanding communication and organisational skills throughout the club and the county of Kildare.

LGFA President Marie Hickey commented: “We are really excited by the establishment of the new LGFA Volunteer awards and delighted to honour our very first winners.

“It is important to recognise our volunteers, who undertake sterling work in their local communities on behalf of our Association.

“We received a large volume of nominations and whittling them down to settle on winners was an onerous task.

“I would like to thank everybody who submitted nominations and we congratulate the winners.

“The awards event on Saturday, February 17, should be something to really savour and it will serve as a fitting tribute to the work carried out by our volunteers at home and abroad.”

Puppy named Meath’s Top Dog

Jockey Robbie ‘Puppy’ Power was last night named Meath’s Sportsperson of the year for 2017 at an awards ceremony at Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim.

The Moynalvey man enjoyed great success during 2017 alongside the Jesssica Harrington trained Sizing John, capturing a triple crown of Gold Cups at Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown.

There was double reason to celebrate in the Power household as Robbie’s father Cpt.Con Power received the Hall of Fame award on the night.