Ryan McHugh celebrates his goal in Donegal’s Championship win over Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Football has followed the pattern of hurling in this year’s championship by underlining the accuracy of league rankings. It was noticeable in this yea(...)

Donegal captain Michael Murphy caused Galway’s defence plenty of problems during the  All-Ireland round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

For the Donegal footballer coming to Croke Park is an explainable joy. They have climbed from the northern trenches where Tyrone, Armagh, Derry and Mo(...)

Colm McFadden looks on as Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty scores his side’s opening goal at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 3-12 Galway 0-11 Twenty eight scoreless minutes notwithstanding, the growing theory that Donegal are a team past their peak can be mome(...)

Galway manager Kevin Walsh appears to have infused his charges with some backbone, with the team conceding only one goal so far in the championship. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When the day was doused for good in Salthill a fortnight ago and thoughts were turning to wringing the rain out of our very souls, Kevin Walsh barely (...)

Michael Murphy: wasn’t moveing with his usual freedom for Donegal in the Ulster final against Monaghan. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

How quickly perceptions shift. If Donegal had managed to scrape past Monaghan in what was a cagey, claustrophobic Ulster final, the general vie(...)

Galway’s Danny Cummins celebrates scoring his side’s  goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 1-11 Derry 0-8 The rap sheet on this Galway side is getting harder and harder to stand over. For the second weekend in a row they won a (...)

Galway’s Fiontan O’Curraoin and Armagh’s Jamie Clarke Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho/Presseye

Galway 1-12 Armagh 0-12 Nothing beats the crazy tension of the high-wire championship knock-out clash, as long as you’re the team left standing at the(...)

Mayo joint manager Pat Holmes patrols the sideline at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Pat Holmes looked a satisfied man between the dressing-rooms in Pearse Stadium. He and Noel Connelly had taken over a Mayo team that has spent four(...)

Face-off: Galway captain Gary O’Donnell and Mayo captain Andy Moran will be hoping the Connacht title will lead to Croke Park glory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Mayo manager John Maughan said a few years ago when discussing the impact of the qualifiers on the All-Ireland series that whereas the likes(...)

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(...)