It was a fantastic opening round of the Super Eight’s with Tyrone beating Connacht champions Roscommon, Dublin’s dazzling 13-point victory over Cork, Donegal beating Meath pulling away in the last 10 minutes to win by nine and Kerry defeated the hapless Mayo by 10 points.
Also we found out that Diarmuid Connolly is back in the Dublin panel. Great, just like they need him!
This weekend four teams will look to score their first points on the board, while the victorious four last weekend wanting to cement their places in this years All-Ireland Football series.
This is what both groups look like after match day one:
Tyrone, Mayo and Kerry all to win-5/2
Why not feast your eyes on a 5/2 treble? Tyrone will look again for inspiration of Cathal McShane to lead the line, Micky Harte’s experience and the cracking outfield scoring of his forwards alike.
Tyrone travel to face Cork on Saturday teatime, in the hope to put another two points on the board and keep on the tails of the Dubs.
The Red Hands haven’t had the hardest route via the qualifiers, defeating Cavan, Kildare and Roscommon. With their free flowing scores from Darren McCurry and McShane, they’ll come up against a fairly weak Cork back-line who leaked 5 goals against Dublin last week.
Mayo will be hunting for blood this weekend when they meet Meath at Croke Park on Sunday at 2pm. Both sides are desperate for a win, suffering defeats to Meath and Kerry respectively.
Meath can take a lot of belief for holding out Donegal until the last 10 minutes of their first game. While Mayo will look to the ever-reliant Cillian O’Connor who is the current top scorer in the history of the championship, and want to take a much needed two points.
Kerry challenge Ulster champions Donegal at 4pm later on Sunday evening to bring the curtain down on round two of the Super 8’s. The rivalry is renewed!
Kerry and Donegal have had a war of words between who’s forwards are better. Do you go with the experience of Paul Geaney who got 1-2 and he’s probably still not at his best? Stephen O’Brien was industrious as ever, with James O’Donoghue having another great game under his belt and David Clifford is a phenomenal talent.
Donegal rely on the magnificent Michael Murphy up top to open up space, Ryan McHugh to break through the ranks and Paddy McBrearty’s amazing left boot from far out the field. The pin-point kick-outs from Sean Patton are one to admire and help set-up their wave of attacks.
The youthful Jamie Brennan and Eoghan Ban Gallagher have been a revelation this year, but lacked the consistency that is required week in week out in championship football. My heart says Donegal but my head says stick with The Kingdom.
Anytime goalscorer double, Cillian O’Connor and David Clifford-7/1
Two men who are the next up and coming talents in Gaelic Football have a chance to shine this weekend with our 7/1 goalscorer special.
Mayo will feast their eyes on an average Meath side, looking to penetrate the heart of their defense and go for the jugular with O’Connor up top.
At the age of 27 Cillian O’Connor became the highest scorer in championship history. The importance of a free-taker in the modern game is huge and has kept Mayo in the game with his frees. Can he bag himself a goal?
David Clifford broke into the Kerry panel in 2017 and has been touted as the best young talent we have ever seen. Comparisons to ‘The Gooch’ are real at just 20 years-old. Wow.
It will be a tough task to break the Donegal rear-guard this weekend, but Clifford is the type of player who can run past three men and stick the ball in the back of the net on any given day.
A goal may be the difference between the winners and losers in this nip and tuck contest. I’d fancy Kerry to nick a goal in the dying stages of this game.
Cork v Tyrone-Saturday 5pm
Dublin v Roscommon-Saturday 7pm
Mayo v Meath-Sunday 2pm
Kerry v Donegal Sunday 4pm