Westmeath captain Ger Egan battles with Meath’s Donal Keogan during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It took, in the words of Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin, “a miracle” to beat Meath. That was the easy part, as Westmeath now need something better t(...)

Kildare manager John Ryan reacts late on in their defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Five is the magic number An unusual feature of Dublin’s win over Kildare at Croke Park this weekend is that it marks a rare five-goal champion(...)

Westmeath’s Paul Sharry celebrates with John Egan and David Lynch at the final whistle in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was long after the final whistle, maybe half an hour. The Dublin and Kildare teams were out on the pitch, shuttling through the last of their warm-(...)

Kieran Martin of Westmeath celebrates at the final whistle after his side’s victory over Meath in the Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Westmeath 3-19 Meath 2-18 “It’s a miracle for the lads there,” says Westmeath manager Tom Cribben. He’s not exaggerating. A historic first (...)

Meath’s goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke was given a red card for this collision with Kieran Martin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A Dublin footballer, momentarily lost in the Croke Park media room, wondered aloud about the first Leinster semi-final. Kieran Martin happened, we te(...)

The Meath side is considerably stronger with Kevin Reilly (above) and Michael Newman back along with Mickey Burke, Bryan Menton and Cormac McGill made a strong impact during the league at full back. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin’s provincial supremacy has frustrated no county as much as Meath, runners-up in the last three Leinster finals and the last team to defeat the (...)

Martin McElhinney’s goal came in injury-time at the end of the first half as Donegal went in ahead of Tyrone at the break in their Ulster SFC clash in Ballybofey. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Seán Moran: When Donegal get ahead, they stay ahead Under new management Donegal’s talent for front-running remains intact. Sunday’s Ulster pre(...)

Louth’s Declan Byrne celebrates scoring a point in the first half of the Leinster SFC first-round game against Westmeath at  the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Westmeath 3-14 Louth 0-16 A game that had been reasonably nip-and-tuck up to the break fell decisively in Westmeath’s favour with two goals in four mi(...)

Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh has been named to start against Donegal this weekend. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Niall Morgan hasn’t been included in the Tyrone team to take on provincial champions Donegal in Sunday’s Ulster preliminary round clash in Ballybofey.(...)

Meath goalkeeper Patrick O’Rourke celebrates after the win over Westmeath. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 4-10 Westmeath 0-11Tabletoppers Westmeath were brought back down to earth with a bang on their visit to Pairc Tailteann for this Allianz Divisio(...)