Sunday 26 January 2020

Croker to hit Bank Holiday jackpot with 175,000 gate

 

A sell-out 82,000 crowd is expected at today’s Armagh v Tyrone (4.0) and Dublin-Monaghan (6.0) football quarter-finals, with over 60,000 attending tomorrow’s Galway v Tipperary hurling semi-final (4.0). Photo: Sportsfile
A sell-out 82,000 crowd is expected at today’s Armagh v Tyrone (4.0) and Dublin-Monaghan (6.0) football quarter-finals, with over 60,000 attending tomorrow’s Galway v Tipperary hurling semi-final (4.0). Photo: Sportsfile

Martin Breheny and Jackie Cahill

More than 175,000 spectators will watch the big Bank Holiday action in Croke Park, which runs across the three days.

A sell-out 82,000 crowd is expected at today's Armagh v Tyrone (4.0) and Dublin-Monaghan (6.0) football quarter-finals, with over 60,000 attending tomorrow's Galway v Tipperary hurling semi-final (4.0).

Around 35,000 are expected at the Mayo-Roscommon football quarter-final replay on Monday (2.0).

The GAA confirmed last night that only a small number of tickets remain on sale for today's games, which will be shown exclusively on Sky Sports. RTE will screen tomorrow's and Monday's games.

All-Ireland favourites Dublin are bidding to reach the semi-final for the eighth successive year.

It's a different world for Dublin nowadays as they zero in on an All-Ireland treble, something last achieved by the county in 1921-22-23.

Their clash with Monaghan is a repeat of the 2014 quarter-final, which Dublin won by 17 points.

Tomorrow's Tipperary-Galway hurling semi-final could be one of the season's highlights as the All-Ireland and Allianz League champions clash at this stage of the championship for a third successive year.

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It stands at one win apiece (each with one-point margins) from their last two semi-final meetings, while Galway were easy winners in this year's League final, running out 16-point victors.

After last Sunday's thrilling draw, Mayo and Roscommon footballers return on Monday to decide who will meet Kerry in the semi-final on August 20. Mayo are attempting to reach the last four for a seventh successive season.

Connacht, Munster and Ulster are guaranteed to be represented in the semi-finals, while Dublin are 1/14 favourites to beat Monaghan and ensure a Leinster presence too.

Jonny Cooper is back from injury and is named in the Dublin team.

Cooper's inclusion in place of Niall Scully is the only change in personnel from the team that defeated Kildare in the Leinster final as manager Jim Gavin looked to plug some defensive holes that emerged in the victory over the Lilywhites.

Cooper is named at wing-back but is expected to move to the edge of the square, with Cian O'Sullivan moving out to the half-back line.

Jack McCaffrey, normally a wing-back, is interestingly named at wing-forward.

Meanwhile, Tipperary have recalled goalkeeper Darren Gleeson and corner-back Michael Cahill.

Gleeson is back in goal for the clash with the Tribesmen, replacing Daragh Mooney, while the experienced Cahill gets the nod in a reshuffled full-back line.

Tomás Hamill drops out of the team that started against Clare, with James Barry moving across to full-back to accommodate Cahill's return in the left corner.

Galway have made one change in attack, with fit-again Cathal Mannion replacing Jason Flynn.

Mayo have named an unchanged team, with Lee Keegan due to start at midfield.

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