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Dubs fans relishing Monaghan showdown in double-header

DUBLIN will have their work cut out if they are to overcome Monaghan in their All-Ireland quarter-final clash.

After the weekend's GAA action, the champions now know who they'll meet on Saturday night.

Monaghan overcame a resolute Kildare by 2-16 to 2-14 after extra time to set up a glamour tie with the Dubs at Croke Park.

This year's football championship is shaping up to be a thrilling affair, with strong performances also registered this weekend by Armagh, Kerry and Mayo.

But it was the Monaghan v Kildare game that fans in the capital kept a closest eye on.

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Dubs star Alan Brogan (inset) will be back from injury on Saturday, giving the Border county something else to think about.

Wins for Kerry and Mayo meant the outcomes of yesterday's All-Ireland quarter-finals went largely to script. But the manner in which Mayo clung on to eke out a one-point victory has rankled with Cork fans.

"It was surprising that he went for a point all right," said Jackie Barry, from Mallow, on the decision by forward Colm O'Neill to opt for a point in the dying minutes when a goal was needed.

"He was speaking with the referee before he took the free so he must have thought there was more time to play," added Justin Byrne.

"But ultimately we gave it a good go, especially after being down by six points in that key period after half-time. Certainly it was our best game of the season so we can be pleased," Justin added.

Near record levels of rain for an August Bank Holiday had fallen in the 48 hours previously.

But it had little impact on the Kerry forwards in the first half of their game against Galway.

"James O'Donoghue will be the main man today," Kerry supporter Fiona Shanahan predicted shortly before throw in.

"I'm here with my parents and my sister and her boyfriend. I'm from Killiney in Dublin but my parents are from Ballylongford and Kerry are my team. I never miss a game," she said.

She wasn't wrong with her prediction. The Killarney man finished with a goal and five points.

Meanwhile, Kerry players paid tribute to inspirational teenager Donal Walsh, whose mental health campaigning touched the nation before his death from cancer last year.

They wore wrist bands in his honour.

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