Dublin's team were great against Kerry but they could get better


SOCCER: Stephen Ireland’s deadline day move to Stoke City, on loan from Aston Villa, can only work out well for all concerned. He may be a bit of an enigma who doesn’t seem to want to play for his country, but Ireland is also a great footballer. It’s about time he proved that again, and the move to Stoke should give him that platform to do so.

HURLING: Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Davy Fitzgerald will add his very own color to the sideline when Clare take on Cork in the All-Ireland hurling final on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Banner, Davy’s influence won’t be enough to stop Jimmy Barry Murphy’s Rebels from winning the Liam MacCarthy Cup again.


The Gooch, otherwise known as Colm Cooper, has many detractors and many defenders prepared to go to any lengths to try and stop him sparkle for Kerry as we witnessed again in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday. He is also, on talent and skill alone, the very best Gaelic footballer in the land, and he proved that with a majestic display against Dublin. How RTE didn’t award him the Man of the Match award is a mystery.


Premier League bosses were involved in over a billion dollars worth of business during the transfer window which closed on Monday, but the most idiotic deal of all has to be the decision by Real Madrid to pay a world record fee of well over a $100 million fee, depending on who you listen to, for the Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale. He’s good but he’s no Ronaldo, and his time at Real will prove it. Such a fee when there are children starving in the world is immoral.