We reflect on the weekend’s action again. Football dominated the weekend with some tasty knock-out qualifier clashes along with the three provincial finals. Here is some of the fallout.
Galway and their manager Kevin Walsh have built a very tidy footballing team. They do play a defensive style but they have some quality attackers that make them very dangerous opposition. They lost to Kerry in a quarter-final in 2014 when they looked like a young team, not ready for a big win, but now things look different.
The provincial triumph was a big deal for them and it will be interesting to see if they can build on this.
Sean Cavanagh still has it. He has been one of the best footballers around for a while now, but he really showed his class in yesterday’s Ulster final. It was an awful game, a game where both teams defended and showed very little attacking ambition. It needed leaders, it needed calm heads and it needed experience, Cavanagh provided this.
When it mattered he delivered. He popped with three inspirational points including the real clutch equaliser. He was a very deserving recipient of the Anglo-Celt Cup.
The plaudits for Clare continue. We don’t want to be harping on about them too much but they deserve huge credit for their season so far. We summarised all in this piece yesterday.
We did our best to big up the game. We felt that it was time for Ulster to get some praise having received so much stick in the past. The game yesterday was an exciting one. Two of the form teams in Ireland, both genuine All-Ireland contenders were ready to play out a cracking game. It did not happen.
The Ulster Football Final was absolutely awful. Granted, there was some high quality long range scores and scenes at the end when Tyrone won. But it was a terrible game and a massive disappointment.
The Black Card
It was a bad weekend for the black card. It is a rule or a punishment that has received a lot of press and last weekend did very little to help its cause. Mattie Donnelly and Cathal McShane were both black carded for Tyrone for pretty innocuous offences.
The implementation of the black card is definitely where the problem lies. There is no consistency and it causes a lot of confusion. In yesterday’s game it was hard to see how the punishment fitted the crimes. Overall, it is just a massive grey area.
The Croke Park Stewards