Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Galway’s Johnny Coen in action during last week’s Leinster championship clash at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster SHC round five Wexford v Kilkenny, Innovate Wexford Park, 7.0 One difference between great teams and good teams is that the former seem capa(...)

Carlow’s Martin Kavanagh. Photograph: Inpho/Laszlo Geczo

LEINSTER Carlow Manager: Colm Bonner (third year) Odds: All-Ireland 1000/1; Leinster 1000/1 First up: v Galway, Pearse Stadium, May 12th, 3.00pm Be(...)

Fionn Fitzgerald of Dr Crokes, Shane Mulligan of Mullinalaghta, Kieran Fitzgerald of Corofin and Kevin Cassidy of Gaoth Dobhair ahead of this weekend’s All-Ireland club smei-finals. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Saturday February 16th AIB All-Ireland club SFC semi-finals Corofin (Galway) v Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal), Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon,(...)

Galway’s Jonathan Glynn claims a high ball last Sunday. The All-Ireland champions were found wanting in a number of areas in the drawn match. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

I went to Croke Park last Sunday, ready to confirm that Galway had allayed the suspicions I had about them by the time the league had ended. Wins over(...)

Cathal Mannion celebrates a point against Kilkenny during last week’s drawn Leinster hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

SATURDAY All-Ireland SFC qualifiers, Round Four   Armagh v Roscommon, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 3.0 [Live, RTÉ News Now] – There are cont(...)

Galway’s David Burke is at the heart of everything they do. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster DUBLIN Manager: Pat Gilroy (1st year) Odds: All-Ireland 66/1; Leinster 11/1 AHL 1B: 4th, beat Laois and Antrim, lost to Limerick, Galway an(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning looks on as his late point wins the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against  Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Highlight It’s a terrific picture: Joe Canning has hit a winning point from virtually the first row of the Cusack Stand in the last seconds of injury(...)

Gearóid McInerney attempts to bottle up  Patrick Maher in last year’s semi-final. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

This is an ideal set-up for Tipperary. They’re going into an All-Ireland semi-final on the back foot with criticism ringing in their ears. They’re her(...)

Tipperary’s  Pádraic Maher celebrates with Brendan Maher after the All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Last year in the football league final, Dublin’s emphatic defeat of Kerry was marked down as a turning point for Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s team which was s(...)

Galway manager Michael Donoghue says his squad are a “very committed, diligent bunch and really ambitious”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ironically, Micheál Donoghue in the space of 70 minutes wrecked his studied, low-key approach to the season. The Galway manager watched his team annih(...)

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