All-Ireland Quarter-Finals Results & Recap From Diarmuid Connolly
We have all the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals results for you plus analysis of the action from our gaelic football ambassador Diarmuid Connolly.
All-Ireland Quarter-Finals Results
Kerry 2-18 0-12 Tyrone
Armagh 0-14 0-14 Monaghan (Monaghan win on penalties)
Derry 1-12 1-08 Cork
Dublin 2-17 0-11 Mayo
All-Ireland Football Semi-Final Fixtures
Dublin v Monaghan | 5.30pm, Saturday, July 15th in Croke Park
Kerry v Derry | 4pm, Sunday, July 16th in Croke Park
Diarmuid Connolly’s All-Ireland Quarter-Finals Analysis
Back to the drawing board for Mayo
There were a few big calls from Dessie Farrell – leaving Ciarán Kilkenny and Dean Rock out of the team. Paddy Small had played a couple of games leading up to it too and didn’t start. But it’s all about the 20 players and Dublin’s bench really made a serious impact.
Cormac Costello played very well and he definitely put his hand up for the jersey the next day, kicking five points. And Colm Basquel, he’s having the season of a lifetime. That’s probably three man of the match performances in a row.
James McCarthy is a Rolls Royce. People were talking about him marking Aidan O’Shea in the full back line, but him and Brian Fenton were absolutely immense. The hard line running from McCarthy, Eoin Murchan and Sean Bugler was really breaking the ground and they were kicking the ball into the guys inside more. That just created chaos in that Mayo fullback line and they didn’t deal with it at all.
I actually thought Mayo played well first half, I thought they were the better side. But they never came out in the second half. Dublin just kicked on after the break and wiped them out. So it’s back to the drawing board for Mayo.
Connolly On Monaghan’s Chances Against Dublin
Monaghan have a never say die attitude, but I just don’t see where they are going to get their scores from. They’ll need more from their inside forward line to trouble Dublin.
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Kerry ‘hard to stop’ at Croke Park
The two matchups at midfield were the trick for Kerry. Jack Barry on Conn Kilpatrick and Diarmuid O’Connor on Brian Kennedy. Diarmuid O’Connor had the game of the season – him and Sean O’Shea were the guys driving it forward. David Clifford was wasteful enough in front of goal, but even on a quiet day he’s putting five on the scoreboard.
2-18 is a huge score for Kerry to put up, when they get to Croke Park they’re very hard to stop. If any team were going to do it this year, I thought it would have been Tyrone. But Kerry are also mean at the back.
Derry v Kerry
Derry need to kick on now and have a huge performance against them. I don’t think they should try to nullify Kerry, they should really go after them. It’ll be a tighter affair against Derry, but Kerry are waiting in the long grass. I was so impressed with Diarmuid O’Connor and Jack Barry at midfield, I just don’t know if Derry can match them.
It is being billed as a Dublin v Kerry final and there shouldn’t be any complacency from either team, but it can happen. I think Derry might put it up to Kerry a little bit more than what Monaghan will do to Dublin.
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