Paddy Andrews and Bernard Brogan following Dublin’s victory over Monaghan in the quarter-final at Croke Park. “There are so many guys there to take your place. . . I’d say it’s a very good thing because it makes the team perform better.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Some things are constant, some things aren’t. We don’t know what the lifespan of this Dublin team will be and yet most of the country can reel off a h(...)

Mayo retain 13 players who started the semi-final between the counties three years ago. Just four Kerry players remain from that day. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Iinpho

Over the past 10 years Mayo have become formidable at winning All-Ireland semi-finals: just one defeat in five outings. The big prize continues to elu(...)

Armagh’s Jamie Clarke celebrates scoring a point against Roscommon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Roscommon 1-12 Armagh 1-17: Armagh were always in control in seeing off Roscommon’s challenge at Dr Hyde Park in the third round of the football quali(...)

Roscommon’s Enda Smith holds off Joshua Hayes of Cavan in the last round of qualifiers. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Roscommon v Armagh (Dr Hyde Park, Saturday 5pm): The throatiest cheers outside of Armagh last Sunday would have been heard in Roscommon, free at last(...)

Roscommon’s Neil Collins avoids the challenge of Cavan’s  Michael Lynch during the  All-Ireland SFC Qualifier at Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho

Cavan 0-5 Roscommon 0-16Roscommon’s under-21 luminaries lit up a dank Kingspan Breffni Park as hosts Cavan went down to one of their heaviest champion(...)

Who’d be the Mayo manager, eh? James Horan spent the winter being told that he had no forwards and that his attacking approach needed overhauling. Th(...)

Roscommon’s Cathal Cregg is tracked by Leitrim’s Damian Moran during the Connacht SFC quarter-final at  Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon. Photograph: Inpho

It is a peculiar day when a football team rattles over 1-18 on a May afternoon, duly wins its first-round championship match and still leaves the fiel(...)

Roscommon manager John Evans (left) and Leitrim manager Seán Hagan after the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon yesterday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Evans has always been a glass-half-full kind of manager and if he was concerned about the slow-burning nature of Roscommon’s second-half display,(...)

Leitrim’s Kevin Conlon, Donal Wrynn and Conor Beirne close in on Roscommon’s David O’Gara during yesterday’s clash at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Roscommon 1-18 Leitrim 0-13The sun broke out in Hyde Park and Roscommon did enough to suggest the Connacht championship may not be the one-horse race (...)

Leitrim’s Kevin Conlon, Donal Wrynn and Conor Beirne tackle David O’Gara of Roscommon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Roscommon 1-18 Leitrim 0-13No surprises in Dr Hyde Park, as Roscommon qualified to meet Mayo in the Connacht semi-final after a commanding afternoon’(...)