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23rd Jun 2024

GAA live-blog: Keep up to date with all the weekend’s action here


Keep up to date with all the action here.

It’s one of the most hectic weekends in the GAA calendar. Scroll down to the key point you want to read about here.

Mayo trio line out for clubs morning after shoot-out loss to Derry

Aidan O’Shea and Mattie Ruane both played for Breaffy as Paul Towey played for Charlestown in a crucial Mayo Senior Football League match on Sunday morning. The game threw-in at noon, just sixteen hours after Mayo were eliminated from the All-Ireland by Derry in a penalty shoot-out.

Towey scored 1-7 in the game as Charlestown won out by 2-10 to 1-11 according to the Mayo News, who have the full match report here. Towey had come on and kicked a point for Mayo against Derry and then stepped up in the shoot-out where his effort hit the post.

9 August 2020; Aidan O’Shea of Breaffy during the Mayo County Senior Football Championship Group 1 Round 3 match between Castlebar Mitchels and Breaffy at Páirc Josie Munnelly in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

O’Shea and Ruane both started for Mayo, and showcased their pride for their club the next day as they came on as second half subs, with Ruane kicking a score.

Sligo full back makes incredible block to send Tailteann Cup semi-final to extra-time

Incredible from Eddie McGuinness. Absolutely incredible. The game went to extra-time as a result, but with their extra man Louth won out in the end.

Sam Mulroy wins it for Louth with last minute free

Sam Mulroy was Louth’s hero, scoring a free in the last minute of injury time to defeat Cork in Inniskeen. The 1-10 to 1-9 victory sees the Wee County through to their first ever All-Ireland quarter final. Mulroy top scored for Ger Brennan’s side with 0-4 while Donal McKenny scored their crucial goal.

All-Ireland senior football quarter final permutations

In the quarter finals, the group winners Armagh, Donegal, Dublin and Kerry will play the winners of the preliminary quarter finals, with repeat pairings from the group stages to be avoided.

Therefore, here is the lie of the land before the draw which takes place on Monday morning on RTÉ radio.

22 June 2024; Conor Doherty of Derry celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the penalty shoot during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship preliminary quarter-final match between Mayo and Derry at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Who can each team play?

Armagh will play: Louth or Roscommon

Donegal will play: Derry, Louth, Roscommon or Galway

Dublin will play: Derry, or Galway

Kerry will play: Derry, Roscommon or Galway

Then it will be an open draw for the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Rory O’Connor’s red card was ‘harsh’

Both Liam Sheedy and Jackie Tyrrell agreed with Wexford manager Keith Rossiter that Rory O’Connor was harshly sent off against Clare. O’Connor had dragged Wexford back into the game winning a penalty and scoring 0-2 but he was sent off in the 32nd minute on a second yellow.

Sheedy and Tyrrell agreed on The Sunday Game that the first yellow was harsh and unwarranted, with Sheedy stating that ‘ultimately, it finished the game’ as Clare ran out twelve point winners.

“The first call was harsh,” said Sheedy.

“The match is only on a few seconds and you’re only settling it.

“It is without question a free but I definitely didn’t think it warranted a yellow.”

Sheedy hailed O’Connor for his reaction to the early blow, describing O’Connor’s first half performance as ‘incredible.’

“But you have to say he reacted well, he was incredible in that first 32 minutes.

“But for Rory, you have to know when you’re on a yellow, and you have to be more careful. I don’t think anyone would question the second yellow. Ultimately, that finished the game.”

“The first one was not a yellow card for me, it was a warning at best,” said Jackie Tyrrell.

“Four seconds into the game, it just wasn’t a yellow card. It was just a trailling hand across his back into his shoulder. For me, no yellow card.”

Wexford manager Keith Rossiter told reporters that he will have ‘sleepless nights’ over the call.

“It is something that is not sitting that well with me at the minute,” he added.

“I’d a good view of it. It was an arm tackle, I think it was up around his shoulder.

“I am not on for lads getting hit in the head in any regards, I’d be in favour of yellow cards for that, but when you go in to give a tackle and a lad side-steps you and you catch him around the shoulder, that’s a warning, you know, 15 seconds into a match. There is no badness in it and that came back to bite us.”

Padraic Joyce gives update on Shane Walsh injury

Shane Walsh went off injured in the first half of Galway’s All-Ireland preliminary quarter final win over Monaghan in Pearse Stadium. Galway won the game 0-14 to 0-11 but the loss of Walsh who limped off after 26 minutes was another blow in their injury-blighted season.

Speaking on Off The Ball after the game, Padraic Joyce said he didn’t know how bad it is but said Shane ‘wasn’t giving us much up to that anyway.’

“He was complaining of the ankle being a bit sore there. He wasn’t giving us much up to that anyway so look we got in Liam Ă“ Conghaile who just gave us a bit of fresher legs and kicked a good score in the second half in fairness to him.

“We’ll just assess Shane, I don’t know how bad it is, but look it, we’re well used to going for MRIs and scans and the hospitals are sick looking at us coming, but we’ll get it checked out the next day or two and see how bad it is.”

Mickey Harte snipes at his critics after Derry win over Mayo and congratulates referee

Mickey Harte was understandably delighted and sufficiently vindicated after Derry’s penalty shoot-out win over Mayo in the preliminary quarter finals of the All-Ireland senior football championship.

Derry have struggled to hit the heights of their National League win in the Championship with the team being roundly criticised after losses to Donegal, Galway and Armagh. Derry man Joe Brolly was one of the most vocal critics of the management, describing Harte as “the rot at the heart of our decay.”

But the team got back on track with a 2-7 to 0-9 victory over Westmeath last week and while they did look like a beaten docket at the end of normal time, a point down with injury time up, they were saved by a late Chrissie McKaigue score. That McKaigue score came after injury-time had elapsed and Harte praised the Kildare referee Brendan Cawley for allowing more time because of a stoppage.

“I would congratulate the referee who let us play on in that added minute because there was a stoppage,” said Harte.

“If he had stopped at exactly four minutes, we wouldn’t have had the time to get the score.

“I am very happy with the way he handled that added minute because it saved our bacon on the day. Then I suppose in extra-time, it was a ding-dong battle. We went three up and could have had another couple.

With the scores level 1-12 to 0-15 after extra-time, it went to penalties and eventually Conor Doherty kicked the winning score.

Afterwards, Harte said pointedly that the team are doing it ‘for the real supporters of Derry.’

22 June 2024; Conor Doherty of Derry celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the penalty shoot during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship preliminary quarter-final match between Mayo and Derry at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

“We were fine. As some of the players would have said, they’re in a bubble of their own and people can say what they want about them,” he said.

“They don’t know what’s going on day in, day out, night in, night out of those players. They’re big enough now to know that they’re in it for each other, they work for each other and that they’re doing it for the real supporters of Derry. The snipers will do what they do.

“They’ll only wait until the next time when there’s an opportunity to snipe and they’ll snipe again. This doesn’t put them away; it just puts them down for a few days anyway.”

Sunday fixtures:

All-Ireland SFC preliminary quarter-final
Louth v Cork, Inniskeen, 3.00 – GAAGO

Tailteann Cup semi-finals
Down v Sligo, Croke Park, 4.00 – RTE
Antrim v Laois, Croke Park, 2.00 – RTE

All-Ireland Ladies SFC Round 3
Meath v Tipperary, Páirc Tailteann, 3.30 – TG4
Waterford v Donegal, Walsh Park, 1.30 – TG4
Galway v Laois, Duggan Park, 2.00 – TG4 YouTube  
Kildare v Dublin, Manguard Park, 2.00 – TG4 YouTube 

All-Ireland MFC semi-final
Mayo v Armagh, Glennon Bros Pearse Park, 5.30 – TG4