Tuesday, 17 July 2018

THE Super 8 got underway on Saturday in Croke Park with wins for Tyrone and Dublin, which now sets up a mouthwatering match between both teams next weekend in Omagh, which for me is the game of the round.
Tyrone had little bother beating Roscommon on Saturday with a fantastic display of football, which I feel was always in them and they are now serious contenders for this years All-Ireland title especially that they will avoid Dublin until the All-Ireland final if they both come out of this group.
I said at the start of the year that Tyrone were my dark horses for the All-Ireland and I still stick to that as I feel they have a fantastic team and have options all over the pitch and a great bench to call upon.
Roscommon now have to go back to the drawing board and it will now be almost impossible for them to come out of the group but they will want to put in a performance at home against a good Donegal team next weekend.
Donegal put in a spirited display against Dublin and but for some poor shooting they could have beaten Dublin and sent shock waves throughout the GAA.
As it now stands Donegal must go to Hyde Park this weekend and get the full two points and hope that Dublin beat Tyrone to set up a winner takes all game in Ballybofey on the last day of the Super 8.
Donegal are now under serious pressure to get the wins and even if they secure two wins from the remaining games they won't automatically progress to the semis, which is an awful pity as they have been the best team in Ulster this year and can feel hard done by having to play Dublin first in Croke Park.
Monaghan overcame Kildare in a tight affair on Sunday, which gets them off to a great start but my feeling is that they have a lot more to do to qualify as they play Kerry next weekend in Clones and then have to travel to Galway the following week, so they need to produce better going forward to take any points of those two teams. Monaghan are a team that can hurt you on the day but a team like Kerry and Galway will not be caught out.
Galway defeated Kerry on Sunday which for me was not a shock at all. Kerry will be a great side in the future but their young players have not been tested at Senior level, so they didn't come up against a well organised side like Galway on Sunday, who have some brilliant players. Galway have been through some tough battles over this past few years and were ready for a battle, which Kerry were not.
Moving onto the games next week I expect Kerry, Galway, Donegal and Dublin to come out on top, which will set up a great last week of fixtures but if the results go a different way, then the GAA will have a few meaningless matches, which they did not want.



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