Provincial Football Finals: Historic Wins for Cavan, Tipperary and Dublin

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On the 100 year anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the same four teams have made the All-Ireland Football semi-finals after a dramatic day in the GAA. Cavan, Tipperary, Mayo and Dublin all triumphant in their respective provincial Championships.

Ulster SFC Final – Cavan 1-13 Donegal 0-12

Cavan have won the Ulster Championship for the first time in 23 years. Against all odds they beat Donegal in Sunday’s final, retribution after losing last year’s final.

Cavan started the game the stronger of the two, taking a three point lead after the first ten minutes. However, this came to a halt after 12 minutes when Killian Brady was shown a black card and Cavan were down to 14 men. The tide turned in Donegal’s favour and they took a two point lead heading into halftime.

The second half was an even contest, with both sides squandering decent chances. Cavan regained the lead, albeit a very tight lead, right up until the 70th minute with the gap at one point. Then came the decisive goal. Donegal keeper Patton palmed a floating ball straight to Conor Madden who made no mistake and sealed the historic win for his county.

Munster SFC Final – Tipperary 0-17 Cork 0-14

Another final day upset and another win doused in history. Tipperary won their first Munster Championship in 85 years. Yet the win was even more special for Tipp as it came on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when one of their owners, Mick Horgan, lost his life in Croke Park.

Despite Cork’s heroic win over Kerry, Tipperary, like Cavan, looked more up for it from the first whistle. After three minutes, the first three points were on the board and belonged to Tipp. Cork fought back with Ian Maguire leading the charge. A brief spell of dominance resulted in them taking the lead. But not for long. Tipp’s Michael Quinlivan put his stamp on the game, inspiring his team to a four point lead at halftime.

Both sides exchanged blows in the second half. Tipperary started the half strong, whilst Cork came back with a flurry of points. However, their efforts were in vain as Tipp held on knowing history was being made.

Leinster SFC Final – Dublin 3-21 Meath 0-9

A dominant display from reigning All-Ireland Champions Dublin who made it 10-in-a-row for Leinster Championships. It was a repeat of last years’ final, as Dublin defeated Meath by 21 points to clinch the trophy and mark the momentous anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

Dean Rock led the scoring for Dublin with 1-7, with all of the attacking line adding their name to the scoresheet. An early point from Meath was not a sign of things to come as the Dubs had the game wrapped up by halftime, leading 2-13 to 0-2.

In a weekend filled with drama, another Championship final upset was not to be as Dublin cruised to victory in the second half. They will face Ulster Champions Cavan in the first of the semi-finals.

Mayo take the fourth semi-final spot after their narrow win over Galway in the Connacht SFC Final last weekend. They will face Munster Champions Tipperary in the second semi-final.

All-Ireland Semi-Finals

Dublin vs Cavan (Saturday December 5th – 5.30pm)

Mayo vs Tipperary (Sunday December 6th – 3.30pm)

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