Tom Cribbin

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Fermanagh’s Seán Quigley: is Fermanagh’s outright top championship scorer and is likely to be marked by Westmeath’s Kieran Gavin. Photograph: Inpho

The wheels of fortune are always spinning in opposite directions in the fourth round qualifiers: Westmeath’s spinning backward after their Leinster(...)

Fermanagh’s Sean Quigley has scored 2-26 so far this summer, 75 per cent of such coming from placed ball. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho.

Fermanagh go into this weekend’s final qualifier round armed with the championship’s top scorer Sean Quigley – but if Westmeath can continue to kee(...)

Dublin captain  Stephen Cluxton lifts the Delaney Cup after victory over Westmeath.  Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Nine out of 10 Leinster titles is no trend. It’s not part of the so-called cyclical nature of football in the province. There’s permanency to it. Ji(...)

Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal in the Leinster SFC Final against Westmeath at Croke Park. Photograph:  Inpho

Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 0-6 When it comes to Leinster finals these days, we dutifully pan for grains of interest having long since given up on finding (...)

Manager Tom Cribbin believes his own selection errors were the main cause of Westmeath’s league relegation. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Out in the wastelands, Leinster football is a penny-pincher’s racket. If you’re not the Dubs, you can’t afford to only measure wins on the scoreboa(...)

Manager Jim Gavin says hunger in Dublin camp is as sharp as ever. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Each game in isolation. Control the controllables. Prepare answers to every question. Repeat ad nauseum. Being a Dublin footballer, or their manager (...)

Westmeath’s John Egan came on against Meath in the Leinster SFC semi-final with 10 minutes to go. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If old school visualisation still works in sports psychology then at least John Egan has something to go on. Not many people can visualise Westmeath b(...)

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(...)

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-(...)

Derry have named Cailean O’Boyle in their side to face Limerick in an All-Ireland qualifier at Healy Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Derry manager Brian McIver has announced one change to the team that narrowly defeated Down for Saturday’s Ulster semi-final against Donegal in Clone(...)

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