The GAA Studio

Many fans will welcome Gough’s tough stance!

It was quite the moment. It came about 74 and a half minutes into the Tyrone-Armagh match. I know there has been some talk of overreaction by referee David Gough, even some talk of mistaken identity, but for many neutrals, it was a heartwarming sight to see the ref flash the red card at four Tyrone men (one Armagh man got the same punishment).

  For too long, successive Tyrone teams have been guilty of the type of unsightly conduct that marred the end of Sunday’s game. They are not alone in excelling at the dark arts, but they are masters of this.

  On Sunday, a row which broke out towards the end of the game (won by Armagh) saw several players brawl for a prolonged period.

  Some people will say it was mere ‘handbags’ (see Paul Healy’s Week), but it’s unseemly and unpleasant, and a terrible example to children. Good on David Gough for startling Tyrone!


Team of the weekend…

We’ll just marginally give the award to Kerry (comfortable winners over great rivals, Dublin) – with very honourable mention to Armagh, Roscommon, Mayo and Leitrim.

Tipp top from Leitrim

A certain amount (exact number unknown) of eyebrows were raised when Mayo great Andy Moran took up the managerial reins with our friends in Leitrim. It was a fascinating appointment, followed (by coincidence) shortly afterwards by an autobiography from Moran, the original style of which suggested that this is a thinking man who may well have a lot to offer in a managerial/coaching capacity.

  Leitrim’s first two league games under Moran have produced two very encouraging performances and one humdinger of a result.

  A four-point defeat to 2020 Ulster champions Cavan was followed last Sunday by a very impressive 2-16 to 2-8 win over the 2020 Munster champions, Tipperary. Promising early signs from Leitrim – and Moran.

Shock as goalkeepers fail to score…

I note that neither Mayo goalkeeper Rob Hennelly or his Monaghan counterpart Rory Beggan scored when the counties met on Sunday. This sudden scoring ‘drought’ – okay, one game – on the part of the two ‘keepers isn’t quite reaching Harry Kane proportions yet, but we will of course be keeping an eye on this worrying development.

All six, er five, Connacht counties win

Seamus Duke advises that this is the first time in many, many years that all five Connacht counties achieved National Football League wins on the same weekend.

  There were wins for Mayo (v Monaghan), Galway (v Down), Roscommon (v Meath), Sligo (v Carlow) and Leitrim (v Tipperary). In addition, a ‘sixth’ ‘Connacht’ county, London, also won! (No need for that old joke about London having a huge ‘pick’, a quip which has been attributed to a few well-known Rossies over the years!).

Odds on going up

It’s competitive at the top of Division 2 – don’t just take my word for it, BoyleSports sees it the same way!

  On foot of Galway making it two wins from two, BoyleSports cut the odds on the maroon men winning the division to 8/11 (from 6/5). Roscommon are now 3/1 from 9/2 to earn promotion as Division 2 winners. That’s just below Derry in the betting (5/2).

  Now that’s quite enough publicity from us for the betting industry…

Colm disapproves of ‘unsightly behaviour’

MEDIA TRAWL: The great Colm O’Rourke, long-time pundit on The Sunday Game, somehow managed to park the memory of his playing days as a star forward with an, eh, no-nonsense Meath team, when he gave this view on Armagh v Tyrone and Five Red Card-gate:

  “There is a rule in the book of contributing to a melee and as far as I’m concerned the referee was perfectly within his right to send off those, he could have even sent off more.

  “For me it’s the most unsightly thing as part of our game at the moment, this pulling, gouging, scraping, elbowing, the odd fist here and there, it’s an unsightly behaviour”.

  There are no reports of butter melting in Colm’s mouth!