McErlain ready for a scouting mission ahead of Ulster final
Derry boss Damian McErlain will take in today's Ulster Minor Football Championship semi-final between Monaghan and Donegal at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan (5pm) knowing that the victors will form "a massive test" for his team in the decider.
Gallagher is confident Lacey has won his battle to regain fitness
With Neil McGee's appeal against his suspension thrown out in midweek by the GAA's Hearings Committee, the health of Karl Lacey has become crucial to Donegal's hopes of beating Monaghan in tonight's Ulster Championship semi-final.
Don't repeat the errors we made in 2002, Linden urges Down
Down great Mickey Linden has warned the Mournemen that they need to be on their guard in the All-Ireland qualifiers against Longford today - or face suffering the same fate he and his team-mates did in 2002.
Red-hot Clarke knows the score for Antrim's Cup final replay
Antrim hotshot Ciaran Clarke will carry a huge burden of responsibility into today's Christy Ring Cup final replay against Meath at Croke Park (5pm).
Classy Conor can see off Donegal
After a famine, there's supposed to be a feast. So, on that basis, I'm looking forward to tomorrow evening's clash between Donegal and Monaghan with the same sense of anticipation as a schoolboy waiting for the last bell of term before the summer holidays. I really believe this could be a cracker.
Frankie Fitzsimmons: Crusader star O'Neill gives us extra quality: Fitzsimons
Crusaders goalkeeper Sean O'Neill will miss a pre-season trip to Liverpool this weekend, having been called into the Antrim senior football squad for their qualifier game against Limerick tomorrow.
Replay date for Tyrone semi will not be changed
The Ulster Council has responded sharply to suggestions that the date for the staging of the senior football Championship semi-final replay between Tyrone and Cavan could yet be amended.
Southern-based Sweeney still giving his all for the Saffron cause
MARK Sweeney is just one of several Dublin-based players who are currently strongly focused on seeing their Ulster counties achieve success in the All-Ireland football qualifiers.
It could be a Long day in Mournes for Down's Longford clash
When Monaghan went for their pre-Championship training break, they had five nights in Portugal, sharing the sun loungers with the Worcester Warriors rugby team.
Association need to up their game as Armagh get another shot
In the week when we are about to see the Christy Ring Cup final replayed because of a refereeing and scoring counting error, it is almost hilarious to consider the context of Armagh's second bite at Laois (scheduled for Portlaoise, July 2, throw-in 3pm).
Armagh remain silent on Laois' extra substitute following black card
The Armagh county board have informed the Belfast Telegraph they will be making no public comment after it emerged that Laois may have used seven substitutes - one more than the permitted number - in their first round qualifiers win over Kieran McGeeney's side.
Unlikely hero Michael Conlan happy to return to coaching role for Derry
A perfect storm was created in Derry last week, to allow 38-year-old Michael Conlan back in as county goalkeeper, 13 years after his last Championship game!
High-scoring Antrim get in the mood for final showdown
Antrim remain on course to defend their Ulster title after a massive 23-point win over a beleaguered Derry at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.
Damian Barton buoyed by Derry's return to winning ways
Derry manager Damian Barton believes his side took the first step back on the road to redemption after their five-point win over Louth.
Derry find something extra to see off Armagh
Derry's fitness, work rate and commitment took them to a six-point victory in yesterday's Ulster minor football championship semi-final at St Tiernach's Park, Clones - but only after they had been taken to extra-time by a resilient but profligate Armagh side.
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte upbeat despite painful twist in the tale
After the first rip-roaring contest of the summer up north, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was barely given time to catch his breath before he was asked about Cavan's third goal that prolongs this semi-final for another fortnight.
David Givney has final say to set up more thrills for Tyrone and Cavan
Both sides disappointed, both sides elated. The main thing is they both avoided defeat on a day that reminded us that Ulster can still throw up and blood and guts encounter.
Days of glory a distant memory as Kieran McGeeney's Armagh men make quick exit
It was perhaps appropriate that the last rites should have been administered to Armagh's Championship aspirations in the morgue-like atmosphere of an almost deserted stadium.
McEntee suffers double woe as Armagh and Mayo lose out
Former Armagh 2002 All-Ireland winner Tony McEntee could be forgiven for thinking that it never rains but it pours.
Mickey Harte rules head to hold back the years
A question came up in the pre semi-final Tyrone press conference, concerning the future of players like Joe McMahon, given how pace rules in the modern game.
Action man Mackey aiming to be a spanner in Red Hand works
It's an ill-wind that blows no one any good. When Liam Buchanan was ruled out of the Cavan team at the 11th hour for last month's Ulster Championship assignment against Armagh, Cian Mackey was ushered in by manager Terry Hyland to fill the breach.
Mullan-Young makes debut
Callum Mullan-Young found himself in the custodian's role last year as Derry strode into the All-Ireland minor football semi-final in which they were beaten by Kerry.
Derry are braced for physical test
When Derry lost to Kerry in last year's All-Ireland minor football championship semi-final, manager Damien McErlain suggested that the Kingdom's greater physical power proved a salient factor in their victory.
Orchard reaps harvest of youth
When a fistful of players departed from the Armagh camp for a variety of reasons earlier this year, manager Kieran McGeeney was forced to place his faith in a battery of youthful talent.
There will be no away day blues for us in Laois: Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney
The prospect of having to fulfil an All-Ireland qualifier tie away from home normally fills most managers with a grim sense of foreboding.
Peter Canavan: Don't give players room for excuses
I see poor Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't happy with Iceland during the week - they wouldn't let him have the ball. As a teacher, I see this kind of thing in the schoolyard every day.
Martin Reilly has no regrets as he follows mate Kyle Lafferty at Euros
Northern Ireland ace Kyle Lafferty and Republic of Ireland duo Darren Randolph and Shane Long will be the recipients of goodwill messages from a rather unexpected source before their teams go into action against Ukraine and Belgium.
Big guns must blast backdoor open
It wasn't supposed to be like this. Two All-Ireland winning heroes, now in charge of their beloved counties, praying that everything runs in their favour for a qualifiers win this weekend, salvaging something from distinctly underwhelming seasons.
McGrath's broadside at Donegal hits a raw nerve
Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath has certainly touched on a raw nerve following his assertion that Donegal deployed cynical tactics in overcoming his side in Sunday's Ulster Championship quarter-final at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey.
Kieran McGeeney will need to find way of bolstering Armagh attack
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney may be forced to burn the midnight oil for at least part of this week as he bids to amend his attack for Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier against Laois at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.
Donegal mastermind greatest of escapes
It wasn't quite trickery to rival Houdini, but Donegal left themselves chained into a box at the bottom of River Finn before systematically escaping their binds to comfortably dismiss Fermanagh from the Ulster Championship.
McGrath accuses Donegal of gamesmanship
Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath has accused Donegal of gamesmanship after their defeat in Ballybofey.
McCusker demanding change after Fermanagh humiliation
The worst fears of Fermanagh joint hurling boss Seamus McCusker have been realised but he's not about to immerse himself in an 'I told you so' mantra.
Gallaghers divided as Ulster battle heats up
Ask Ronan Gallagher if he thought his brother Rory was always going to be a coach and he brings up the story of the Belleek Erne Gaels Under-16 side he played on and won a Fermanagh 'B' Championship with.
Erne stars among the best I've managed: McGrath
Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath has rated his current group of Erne players as belonging in the same company as "anything I have worked with," including his two All-Ireland winning Down sides.
Antrim could face two games in 24 hours after Christy Ring final replay
Finally, Antrim now know when they are due to play the replay of last Saturday's Christy Ring final.
Peter Canavan: Championship needs a wake-up call
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Kieran McGeeney: Joe Brolly's jibes are totally meaningless
Kieran McGeeney has laughed off the recent controversial comments made by pundit Joe Brolly about his management of the Armagh side, saying: "I am flattered by Joe's obsession with me, that's about as far as it goes."
Antrim's O'Kane blasts Croker chiefs' handling of Christy Ring Cup confusion
Antrim hurling team joint boss Gary O'Kane has slammed the Croke Park authorities for what he feels was their "inept handling" of the situation which arose in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's Christy Ring Cup final between the Saffrons and Meath.
Replay call is a sensible end to Christy Ring Cup controversy
So, that's that then. There will be a Christy Ring Cup final replay this Saturday night in Newry, with the throw-in at 7pm.
Down get tough qualifier mission
Eamonn Burns' Down side couldn't have been handed a more thankless task in the draw for the All-Ireland qualifiers after being paired with Longford, notoriously dangerous giant-killers.
Antrim call for fair resolution to Cup controversy
Antrim county board Chairman Collie Donnelly has appealed for “fair play” from the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee when they sit down today to plot a course of action following Saturday’s controversial Christy Ring Cup final.
Muhammad Ali inspired Armagh GAA team to their greatest day at Croke Park
Armagh's All-Ireland-winning Gaelic football team share a special connection with sporting legend Muhammad Ali, who died at the weekend.
Down left in a daze by mighty Monaghan
Down manager Eamonn Burns eventually emerged from the dressing room after his side were handed their heaviest ever Ulster Championship defeat by Monaghan and said: "Confidence comes from winning games, we came here full of confidence."
We're not that far behind best, insists Down manager Eamonn Burns
Asked to comment on the clear widening gap that is appearing in the Ulster field, Down manager Eamonn Burns acknowledged: "If you are analysing the last three or four games that would be the case but we feel on any given day, and obviously today was not one of them,...
Ghost point leaves Antrim hoping for replay after Meath handed Cup
The destination of the Christy Ring Cup is still undecided after Saturday's final, although Meath were presented with the trophy.
There's still plenty to work on, says O'Rourke
If you are looking for a man to wax lyrical in the immediate aftermath of a game, Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke is not your man.
Battling Armagh dealt further All-Ireland woe
Armagh's hurlers suffered All-Ireland final defeat for the second time in as many years as Mayo won their first senior title in the Nicky Rackard decider.
Efficient Dublin remind Harte they won't give up crown easily
It is a measure of the progress which Mickey Harte's restructured side has made that Tyrone have been projected into the limelight as best-equipped to unseat Dublin as All-Ireland senior football champions.
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