All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-finals: Peter Canavan’s predictions | GAA News
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Peter Canavan gives his predictions ahead of the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Watch Clare vs Derry and Dublin vs Cork live on Sky Sports Arena from 3.15pm on Saturday
Last update: 24/06/22 15:47
It’s quarter-final weekend at Croke Park.
Clare vs Derry, 3:45 p.m. Saturday, live on Sky Sports Arena
I don’t expect it to be as high as Dublin-Cork.
Both teams will use cover defenses.
Derry played at a very high level, they were ruthless when opportunities to hurt teams presented themselves. If they see a goal, they aren’t afraid to go for it.
Clare produced a magnificent never-say-die attitude in the final five or 10 minutes against Roscommon to take the win. But that shouldn’t hide a very poor performance from them in the second half, having been in control at half-time.
This will worry Colm Collins. If they allow Rory Gallagher’s team to dominate, Oak Leaf County will make them pay.
For me, there is only one result here, and it will be a derry victory.
Clare surprised Roscommon in qualifying
Dublin vs Cork, 6 p.m. Saturday, live on Sky Sports Arena
I expect Dublin to continue with their impressive form.
I have no doubt that Cork will produce a much better performance than what we saw against Limerick.
But there are just too many holes to plug when it comes to this Dublin outfit. Their goals during the Leinster Championship have come from opposition kicks, their own kicks, turnovers, and when they are in song they will prove very difficult to stop.
It will be Dublin with a few points to lose.
Armagh vs Galway, 1.45pm Sunday
It will be an exciting competition.
There has been a resurgence in Armagh, and there is a very good atmosphere in the county at the moment.
They have now put in great performances, so there is an air of confidence.
So much will hinge on Armagh’s ability to cut Galway’s double threat past Shane Walsh and Damien Comer. Both, their potential has never been in doubt. This summer, these two men seem to be playing as well as they have ever played. And if Orchard County can reduce their influence, they have a great chance of winning this game.
What I liked about Armagh is that they didn’t panic. Once Donegal took the lead, they stayed there. They got scores from so many aspects of their game, from pushing on kicks, from their own kicks, they have set plays with balls going over the top, and they have runners that can advance depth, and that includes their goalie.
They’ve varied their game plan, there’s a kicking element, they have a good running game, and now they seem to be at a stage where there’s a lot of confidence in the way they play.
I don’t think they will be too worried about Galway’s overall defense, which against Mayo and Roscommon the opposition managed to get a lot of shots and penetrate their defence.
Kerry vs. Mayo, 4 p.m. Sunday
Kerry has the quality to hurt anyone. But Mayo’s only advantage is that they have been playing competitive games for the past few weeks, unlike Kerry. We have already seen places where teams have exploited this.
But I think the difference in quality up front, without Tommy Conroy and Ryan O’Donoghue, Mayo lacks punch and penetration to wreak havoc.
In the previous two games, it was their running power, like Oisin Mullin, Lee Keegan, Eoghan McLaughlin and Paddy Durcan coming from the halfback line, that resulted in big scores for Mayo.
Mayo had to dig deep to see Kildare two weeks ago
I think Kerry will be ready for that and have a plan in place to counter it. And they know they have the firepower to win.
So Kerry to beat Mayo. But it won’t be anything like the National League final, which was a non-event.
Watch Clare vs Derry and Dublin vs Cork live on Sky Sports Arena from 3.15pm on Saturday.