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(...)

Meath’s David Dalton, Donal Keogan and Conor McGill dejected after the westmeath defeat. They play Tyrone next. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As if it wasn’t bad enough to surrender a 10-point lead and lose to your near-neighbours for the first time ever in Championship football on the Sunda(...)

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-(...)

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(...)

Meath’s Graham Reilly scores a goal against Wicklow at Páirc Tailteann: “If Dublin run through the middle of us – if we do manage to get to a Leinster final – we’re going to get kicked out of Croke Park again.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The 15-minute delay before Sunday’s Munster football semi-final in Thurles is being seen as one of those good problems. Basically the Munster Council(...)

Meath coach Colm Brady looks on with manager Mick O’Dowd. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brothers Eamon and Colm Brady will not be involved with the Meath set-up this summer having withdrawn their services as joint-coaches ahead of the tea(...)

Conor Gillespie, who is back for Meath after a long spell on the sidelines. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s already been dubbed the mini Ulster championship, and if there is one oddly distinguishing feature after the final shake-up of the 2015 Allianz (...)

Mickey Newman slotted eight points for Meath in their draw with Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Meath 0-13 Laois 0-13Meath squandered a seven point second half lead and had to rely on a late Eamon Wallace point to give them the share of the spoil(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon and Odhran Mac Niallais of Donegal will renew battle at Croke Park in their Allianz League Division One clash. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday Allianz League Division One Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, 7.0 – As well as marking a renewal of last August’s memorable All-Ireland semi-fi(...)

Meath’s Joey Wallace is put under pressure by Galway’s Garreth Bradshaw during their Allianz Football League Division Two match at Pearse Stadium, Salthill, Co Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 2-13 Meath 1-12 Galway got their Allianz League campaign off to a winning start as they brushed aside an under-par Meath at Pearse Sta(...)