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05th Apr 2024

The GAA championship: All of the news, teams, updates and talking points

Niall McIntyre


Paddy Lynch scores incredible goal but is denied man-of-the-match

Cavan’s Paddy Lynch scored 1-9 as they defeated Monaghan in the preliminary round of the Ulster football championship.

The Crosserlough player kicked some brilliant frees in the first half, into the teeth of a gale and then stepped up with 1-1 late on as Cavan strode clear of their opponents to eventually win by 3-12 to 1-12.

Lynch’s break-away goal was sensational, as you can see at the end of the clip below, but he was denied the RTÉ man-of-the-match award by Peter Canavan.

Both Cora Staunton and Paul Flynn had opted for Lynch but Canavan over-ruled them, opting instead to give the award to the team’s joint-captain Padraig Faulkner.

The Kingscourt stars club-man scored a sensational second half goal of his own and stepped up in all the big moments according to Canavan.

And they say the Leinster championship is dead.

Full-time: Wicklow 2-9 Westmeath 1-11.

Division Three Allianz League Champions Westmeath were brought down to earth with a bang, losing to Wicklow in the Leinster championship in O’Moore Park.

Having been relegated from Division Three, Wicklow were heavy underdogs going into the game but a Dean Healy goal sent them on their way.

And with the aid of a fortunate second half goal, Oisin McConville’s team held on for a famous win, which sends them through to the quarter final where they’ll play Kildare.


Leinster SFC round 1

Longford 3-12 Meath 3-19, Glennon Bros Pearse Park – FT

Wexford 4-19 Carlow 0-8, Chadwicks Wexford Park – FT

Munster SFC quarter-finals

Waterford 2-7 Tipperary 1-5, Fraher Field – FT 

Cork 3-13 Limerick 0-11, Pairc Ui Chaoimh – FT 

Rory Beggan is back.

Fresh from his NFL sojourn, Rory Beggan started for Monaghan against Cavan in Clones on Sunday.

Wearing the number 16, he replaced Darren McDonnell in the lineup and was straight back into the thick of it, denying Cavan’s star forward Paddy Lynch a goal with a fine stop.

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Brian Lohan on Tony Kelly’s fitness

Speaking to TG4 after the game, Brian Lohan said he was delighted to win the competition, praising his team for their work-ethic.

“It’s great for the group, that we actually turned up and won.

“Maybe we didn’t play as well as we hoped to have played, but we got the result, which was very important for us and our group,” Lohan told TG4.

“Fair play to our group. They are a great bunch of guys and I’m really happy for them. They’ve worked really hard all year, they’ve worked really hard from whenever I’ve been involved with them.”

“Everyone wants to win. Of the important competitions of the year, it’s probably the third most important, but we’ll take it,” he said.

As for Kelly’s fitness, Lohan confirmed that he will be doing his utmost to be back in time for their Munster championship opener against Limerick in two weeks time.

Having had ankle surgery a few months back, the Ballyea star hasn’t played any part in Clare’s League campaign but Lohan is hopeful he will play some part in the game.

“Tony is working as hard as he always does, to try and get back on the field.

“He’s working away with the physios. He’s working really hard. “

Lohan paused then emphasise the brilliant attitude that Kelly possesses.

“One thing that Tony does, he’s such a brilliant player and so skilful, but he is a worker. He is a real worker,” Lohan said definitively.

“So he’ll be trying to get back yeah.”

Full TV schedule here:

Saturday, April 6th

Connacht Senior Football Championship Quarterfinal: London v Galway McGovern Park, Ruislip- 3pm- GAAGO

Allianz Hurling League Div 1 Final: Clare v Kilkenny Semple Stadium- 7:15pm- TG4

Sunday, April 7th

Ladies National Football League Division 1 Final: Armagh v Kerry- Croke Park- 3pm- TG4

Ladies National Football League Division 2 Final: Kildare v Tyrone  Croke Park- 1pm- TG4

Ulster Senior Football Championship: Monaghan v Cavan – Clones- 4pm- RTÉ2 and BBC2 NI

Connacht Senior Football Championship Quarterfinals: New York v Mayo – Gaelic Park- 8pm- GAAGO

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