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Cassidy & Kelly Proving That Old Dogs Can Be Taught New Tricks

The old adage you can’t teach an old dog new tricks was proven wrong this weekend in an absolutely cracking couple days of club championship action.

At 38, Kevin Cassidy continues to age like a fine wine as the current Ulster Footballer of the Year was in sparkling form for Gaoth Dobhair in their Donegal SFC semi-final win over favourites Kilcar.

Known for his decorated career with Donegal as a wing-back, Cassidy has become a tour de force for his club on the edge of the square over the past few seasons.

Meanwhile, Tipperary legend Eoin Kelly reeled in the years with this classy over-the-shoulder score for Toome against Mullinahone.

A genius bit of skill that only the rarest of talents would be able to pull off.

Out in Laois, revenge proved to be a dish best served cold as Ross King’s dramatic last gasp goal sent Rathdowney-Errill into the county final at the expense of three-in-a-row seeking Camross.

King and Camross found themselves at the centre of a storm last season when the former county captain had to undergo dental surgery following a heated championship clash between the pair.

What a difference a year makes.

Up north, the ongoing saga that is the Antrim SFC will rumble on for another week after Cargin fought back in the final ten minutes to snatch a draw with Lamh Dhearg, the side captained by the Lord Mayor of Belfast who needed two replay’s to get to the final.

Elsewhere in Ulster, Crossmaglen remained on course for a 21st title in 24 years by defeating 2017 champions Maghery by seven points in their semi-final meeting. The six-time All-Ireland champions will face a repeat of last year’s final in the shape of Ballymacnab led by Armagh captain Rory Grugan.

In Monaghan, Paul Finlay’s final minute free ensured Ballybay and Scotstown will meet again to see who will face Conor McManus’ Clontibret in this years final. Meanwhile, there was a huge scalp in the Derry SFC as Glen Watty Grahams dethroned Slaughtneil to qualify for a first-ever final. They will meet Magherafelt after they qualified for their first decider since 1983 with a win over Banagher.

Down south, David Clifford was doing David Clifford things in the Kerry SFC. The young star kicked 0-8 as East Kerry booked their place in the Kerry SFC quarter-finals.

Keelan Sexton was in electric form kicking 0-7 for Kilmurray Ibricklane to set-up a Clare SFC final meeting with reigning champions, St. Joseph’s.

In the east, Éire Óg collected the Carlow SFC title while Killoe Emmet Óg won the Longford SFC.

Meanwhile, out west, the All-Ireland football champions Corofin continued to make the handpass great again as they remained on course for seven straight in Galway.

Kevin O’Brien’s sided comfortably put away former All-Ireland champions Salthill/Knocknacarra in their semi-final meeting.

The Mayo final will see current champions Ballintubber take on Andy Moran’s Ballaghaderreen who pulled off one of the shocks of the weekend defeating Castlebar.

A fantastic weekend filled with highlights in what is shaping up to be a memorable club championship season.

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