GAA Digest: Dublin sees off Meath challenge
Cooper said, “I said that six, 10 weeks ago, even before the Cork game. I knew that our season was heating up a little bit.
“It probably took a little bit longer than we thought but to do it at home in front of our own fans against a team like Tyrone, you couldn’t ask for a better script.”
Harte left Killarney fuming with Meath referee David Coldrick, who sent substitute Brian McGuigan off within a minute of his introduction.
“That’s the third game that he did and I said to myself that I don’t feel he benefits our team. Take what you want out of it,” Harte said.
TIPPERARY made it three wins from three games in the All-Ireland qualifiers with a shock 0-10 to 0-8 victory over Antrim on Saturday, but manager Peter Creedon is refusing to get over-excited by their progress,
Ulster finalists Down are next up for the Tipp footballers on Saturday, with Creedon adamant there is no reason to get carried away with their recent run of wins.
He admitted, “We’d be pinching ourselves if you told us that we’d win three qualifiers.
“We’ve beaten three Division 3 teams really -- we should be capable of doing that. And we had a good performance against Kerry as well. We’re doing well, but it’s a big jump next week against a Division 1 team. We’ll take it as it comes now.”
KILDARE had to go to extra-time to see off Limerick in the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday by a score of 0-19 to 0-12, and manager Kieran McGeeney believes the experience will stand to his side as they prepare to play Sligo next.
Speaking after a late Emmet Bolton point rescued the match for Kildare and sent it to added time, McGeeney stated, “It was a great game for us, I think.
“Mentally it helped going forward. We’ve Sligo next week who should have beaten Mayo. We know we’re up against it again, but it’s great to have that there in your back pocket, knowing you can come out of those type of games.”
LEITRIM bosses Barney Breen and George Dugdale will discuss their future with the county board after Saturday night’s 1-13 to 1-11 defeat to Laois in the All-Ireland qualifiers.
Breen confirmed after the game, “What we’ll do now is take a few weeks and see what it brings. We were in for a two-year stint, with a review after one year, so we’ll have to sit down with the county board and see where next year brings us, but there is progress being made.
“We gave it the best shot we had and we just came up short. We’re very disappointed because it was there for the taking. We’ve come so far and we’ve just come up a bit short. We just couldn’t take it due to our mistakes.”
Laois boss Justin McNulty admitted his side were pushed all the way by Leitrim.
McNulty said, “We knew coming up here that it was going to be a tough battle. We had to dig deep to win the game. The result was what mattered. The players had to keep their composure in order to win.”
KILDARE have been ordered to play their fourth round All-Ireland football qualifier against Sligo in Roscommon’s Dr. Hyde Park on Saturday.
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