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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Croker sells out while 40,000 head for Kerry v Mayo

Semi-finals to draw 120,000

Published 30/08/2014 | 02:30

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BRUSHING UP FOR MAYO AND KERRY: Groundsman Eugene Griffin puts the final touches to preparations at Limerick's Gaelic Grounds ahead of today's clash between Kerry and Mayo. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
BRUSHING UP FOR MAYO AND KERRY: Groundsman Eugene Griffin puts the final touches to preparations at Limerick's Gaelic Grounds ahead of today's clash between Kerry and Mayo. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Limerick Gaelic Grounds ahead of the Semi-Final replay between Kerry and Mayo
Limerick Gaelic Grounds ahead of the Semi-Final replay between Kerry and Mayo
Groundsman Conor Grene, from Ballybricken, Co. Limerick, cuts the grass at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, ahead of the Semi-Final replay between Kerry and Mayo
Groundsman Conor Grene, from Ballybricken, Co. Limerick, cuts the grass at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, ahead of the Semi-Final replay between Kerry and Mayo

Crowds of over 120,000 will attend this weekend's All-Ireland football semi-finals, ensuring a bumper harvest for the GAA, which will also reap a sizeable return from today's American football game in Croke Park.

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The 'house full' sign will be erected in Croke Park for the first time this year, ahead of tomorrow's Dublin v Donegal clash, while the Kerry v Mayo replay at the Gaelic Grounds this evening will attract around 40,000.

Lee Keegan's escape from a red card rap remains the big talking point, heading into the Kerry-Mayo game.

Mayo manager, James Horan slotted the All Star No 5 straight into the team, which was announced as the same line-up that started last Sunday. However, changes are expected.

The lifting of the red card sanction imposed by David Coldrick last Sunday adds to the pressure on Cormac Reilly (Meath) and Joe McQuillan (Cavan), who will officiate this weekend.

Reilly takes charge of Kerry v Mayo, while McQuillan will referee Dublin v Donegal.

McQuillan was criticised by Dublin manager Jim Gavin after last year's final, where the free count was 32-12 in Mayo's favour. Gavin said that he couldn't understand the disparity.

"It's beyond me. Not only were we playing Mayo but we were playing the referee as well," he said.

Irish Independent

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