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10 things we loved in the GAA this weekend

The provincial action is back with a glorious bang – here are ten of our favourite moments from this weekend’s action.

Eoghan O’Donnell’s piece of defending

The Virgil Van Dijk of inter-county full backs.

Greg Kennedy

What on earth was he doing?! We expected controversy this summer, but this takes the biscuit.

TJ Reid’s goal

Artistry, wonderful build up play from the Kilkenny men.

Austin Gleeson’s point

He loves a booming big score from deep, and at wing forward he’s likely to get a few more this year.

Donal Moloney’s passion

Can’t beat this kind of passion after an absolutely mammoth victory over Waterford down in their home turf.

John McGrath’s goal

The vision from Noel McGrath. The pass from Bubbles. The patience from John to work the goal. Tremendous.

Brendan Maher’s point from deep

A leaping grab in his own half-back line and an outrageous score from midfield? Hook it to my veins.

Joe McDonagh Cup

The oft-forgotten cousin to the All-Ireland provincials that you never see brewed up a cracker this weekend in Laois versus Offaly, in which the O’Moore County overcame their neighbours and rivals on a scoreline of 4-22 to 3-21. Sadly, there were no highlights of the action on The Sunday Game which further illustrates the need for a secondary programme or an online archive such as YouTube for games like these.

Elsewhere, Antrim were back to their best with a commanding 3-19 to 14-point win over Kerry. The Kingdom have been improving steadily in the past year – even beating Antrim earlier this year in the league – but Antrim showed their dominance in this 14-point win.

This thread on Offaly legend Mick McDonagh

You’ll recognise his face from going to all the matches – this thread from Gavan Reilly is a fantastic little insight into who he is and how he ended up in New York last weekend.

Limerick beating Tipperary

The hurlers have been grabbing all the headlines lately, but fair play to their footballing brethren for earning a Munster victory over rivals Tipperary. It was Division 4 versus Division 2 stuff, and the Shannonsiders saw an opportunity and stepped up impressively, earning their first provincial win since 2012 in a 3-11 to 1-10 scoreline in Semple Stadium.

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