GAA Digest: Fearless Dongeal are back in the All-Ireland finals


Cork may now be heading for a transitional period after making too many wrong calls last Sunday.
Counihan added, “I felt we were taking the wrong options, and if you get excited you tend to take the wrong options.

“To keep the game alive you have to keep your head, and maybe at times we didn’t pick great options.

“Look, I think used the ball better when they got it to be fair to them, and I think that was the key issue.”
Brogan Fit

Dublin have received a major boost ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland football semifinal against Mayo with confirmation that star forward Alan Brogan will be fit for the big game.

Brogan has been receiving intense treatment on the injury that kept him out of the quarterfinal win over Laois but manager Pat Gilroy expects him to be fit for Sunday.

Gilroy said, “He’s done a lot of work so far, a lot of running and he is looking in good shape for the Mayo game.

“We thought he would be okay for Laois, but it has taken more time that we expected, it’s only the middle of last week that he started playing internal games.

“I would be fairly confident he would play but other lads have been performing well also. So we will see.”

Gilroy insists Dublin have worked hard in training to rectify the faults so evident in their lackadaisical win over Laois.

He added, “We have done some things different and there has been a lot of work since the last game. We went to Kerry for a few days and we have also had some very competitive internal games.”

Mayo report no injury worries ahead of the big game.
Galway Ready

Galway star Joe Canning insists his team will concentrate on their own strengths when they look to beat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final on Sunday, September 8.

Canning, who starred in the Leinster final win over the Cats, said, “They have so many players that they didn’t even bring off the subs’ bench that you can’t try and take them out of the game. You have to do your own thing and, hopefully, that will work.

“We’ll have our tactics and they’ll have theirs and I don’t think it’s going to change much from any other game. Obviously, they’ll want to implement theirs on us, and likewise with ours on them. It’s whatever team gets the breaks then and the bit of luck that will win.

“But this thing about trying to counteract Kilkenny, I don’t believe in it. We have to concentrate on ourselves. Bring our style of play to the game and hopefully that will be good enough.”
GAA Shorts

KILKENNY’S Michael Rice is certain to miss the All-Ireland SHC final against Galway because of a hand injury picked up in the semifinal win over Tipperary . . . 

EAMON Fitzmaurice has been confirmed as the new manager of the Kerry footballers on a three-year deal. Daragh O Se will succeed him as under-21 boss . . .

WESTMEATH referee Barry Kelly will take charge of the All Ireland hurling final between Galway and Kilkenny . . .

MEATH staged a typical late comeback to beat Mayo by 2-10 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland minor semifinal at Croke Park last Sunday . . .

LIAM Bradley has quit as Antrim football manager and could now succeed John Brennan as boss of his native Derry . . .

DUBLIN officials are confident that Anthony Daly will remain in charge of their senior hurling team in 2013 . . .

MAURICE Horan wants to stay on as manager of the Limerick footballers.