Results & Best Tips Round-up
All Ireland Football Quarter-FinalsThe quarter final double header at Croke Park this weekend proved to be a letdown entertainment-wise as Tyrone & Dublin easily swept aside challenges from Armagh & Monaghan. Tyrone led by 8 points after just 14 minutes when Peter Harte slotted home a penalty to make it a scoreline of 1-05 to 0-00. It was already game over as Armagh never looked like getting a foothold in the game.
The aforementioned Harte was again in fine form displaying a cool head and providing an impressive amount of energy to any Tyrone attack. He surely has to be up there for footballer of the year should he continue his fine form. Certainly 10/1 about him currently is a very tempting price and he will be a key figure to Tyrone's plan to overcome The Dubs. Tyrone have goal threats off the bench in the form of David Mulgrew & Ronan O'Neill. O'Neill bagged two goals off the bench in the Ulster final and it was Mulgrew's turn this time around as he scored 2-01 from play. The final score in this one was 3-17 to 0-08.
Equally in the second game of the day, Monaghan were no match for All Ireland champions Dublin. They had a commanding lead at half-time with Dean Rock's free-taking display the finest you'll have seen anywhere. Monaghan intended to expose the supposed weakness in the Dublin full-back line with high balls but McManus and co. were unable to make any impression. Even when they did capitalise on high balls or breaking balls, they just simply didn't have the class or composure to take what chances came their way.
Dublin had nine different scorers on the day including, once again, hungry and experienced substitutes in the form of Bernard Brogan and Paul Flynn. Their potent forward line is there for all to see. There will still be question marks of the full-back line in the build-up to their All Ireland semi-final clash with Tyrone but they once again show that desire and skill is something they have in abundance. The final score in this was Dublin 1-19 to Monaghan's 0-12.
All Ireland Hurling Semi-FinalWe were prepared for a tight encounter and that's just what we got as the last shot of the game won the game for Galway in a 0-22 to 1-18 scoreline at Croke Park. Joe Canning's fantastic last minute attempt from the sideline secured Galway's place in the All Ireland final as they look to win Liam McCarthy for the first time in 29 years.
Tipperary held a one point lead at the break as the scores went backwards and forwards with little to choose from between the sides. Nerves were on display as wides were racked up including missed frees from Joe Canning and Seamus Callanan. However, Canning's second-half display was tremendous as he showed leadership and skill in equal measure to get the Tribesmen over the line.
They were leading by two points in the first-half when they seemingly self-destructed a little by giving a soft goal away to John McGrath but they responded immediately by going up the other end and getting an important score to respond with. While in the past, the conceding of a goal in that manner may have spelled the end of Galway, they didn't let it define their challenge. Canning had a mixed first-half but his display in the closing minutes was admirable.
Best Tips from the weekendLooking at the tipsters from the site, one in particular stands out from the weekend with 'wattsiem' proving a shrewd operator in both his football and hurling tips. He successfully tipped the double result in both the Dublin & Tyrone games. He also had Dublin (-9) @ 20/21 and Tyrone (-5) @ Evens.
In the hurling he tipped Galway to win at a price of 19/20 as well as going for the (-1) handicap which just missed out. A good weekend of GAA tipping from this user!
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