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The Punter: GAA - Race for ‘Sam’ opens up after the two favourites flop

By Robert Fenton

Favourite backers would have got their fingers badly burnt following GAA’s four provincial football winners.

All of them — Tyrone, Kerry, Meath and Roscommon — bit the dust in the All Ireland quarter-finals and what odds would you have got on that?

Quite generous odds as Tyrone and Kerry were very short in the bookies’ lists.

Cork are the new ‘jollies’ on offer at 5-4 with Paddy Power but while the Rebels dominated Connacht champions Roscommon, they will find Dublin a different kettle of fish, especially if defender Graham Canty does not recover from a hamstring injury picked up while scoring a point in the quarter-final win.

The Cork captain was treated on the pitch and was immediately withdrawn after it became clear that he could take no further part in the game.

The Dubs, in my view, look the bet at this stage (5-2).

Tyrone were surprisingly as short as 2-5 to overcome the light Blues but were outmanoeuvred by a better team.

Dublin are seeking their first ‘Sam’ since 1995 and it will be the first time in 11 years that neither Tyrone nor Kerry are in the decider.

Down are still basking in that win over the Kingdom and no wonder as they were 4-1 outsiders against the Munster champions.

But despite that success, Down remain the 5-1 outsiders with Ladbrokes to go all the way while their semi-final opponents Kildare are at 9-2.

The question is, was it a one-off from Down against a Kerry side missing key players?

Paddy Power: 5-4 Cork; 5-2 Dublin; 4-1 Down and Kildare.

Ladbrokes: Evens Cork; 9-4 Dublin; 9-2 Kildare; 5-1 Down.

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