At last – a win on the betting stakes!

TIALTNGO is breathing a massive sigh of relief after finally taking some of his hard earned money back of Paddy Powers. Last week we put two bets on and one paid out.

We put the big four in the Premiership – Arsenal to beat Wigan, Man U to beat Sunderland, Liverpool to beat Blackburn and Chelsea to beat Bolton in with Colaiste na Sceilige of Cahirciveen to win the Hogan Cup but, boy, were we made to sweat.

THE LATE, LATE SHOW: Eanna O'Connor's injury time winner stole the Hogan Cup for Cahirciveen and won a tidy bet for TIALTNGO.

THE LATE, LATE SHOW: Eanna O'Connor's injury time winner stole the Hogan Cup for Cahirciveen and won a tidy bet for TIALTNGO.

We tipped the Cahirciveen boys as our bet of the weekend at 4/7 (they were actually 4/9 by the time we punted) but they really flattered to deceive and were second best all day to St Mary’s of Edenderry. But the cute Kerry boys robbed the game from the Offaly men (revenge for Seamus Darby perhaps?) with a last minute goal to win by two points.

And there was nothing straightforward about some of the soccer bets either. Liverpool cruised but Arsenal had to come from behind before overcoming Wigan 4-1 and as for Man U and Chelsea? Well let’s just say they tested my vocal cords with my roaring at the TV.

United had to again rely on young hero Federico Macheda to come off the bench to snatch victory, this time against Sunderland and while we had taken victory as read for Chelsea when they went 4-0 up against Bolton, it seems the players did likewise and three goals in ten minutes for Bolton made me sweat over the well-being of Chelsea. Well there’s a first time for everything!

But they held out and a bet that looked dead ten minutes previously on Saturday afternoon, came up trumps at 4.50pm.

We collected a little over 100euro for our 20euro bet there and managed to cover a nice few of our losses in recent weeks.

We would have been on the pig’s back altogether if our other accum. came in and there wasn’t much in it. Colaiste na Sceilige set the bet in motion and, as we anticipated, Laois were no match for Monaghan. However draws involving Mayo (v Tyrone), Kildare (v Meath) and Fermanagh (v Wexford) undid a tasty payout but that was bonus territory for the weekend after Saturday’s lows and highs.

And onto this weekend.

We’re big fans of the Mayo U-21s and reckon they’ll take serious beating. With that in mind we’ve done three bets, all of which have a tie to Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly’s charges.

Firstly we’re gonna try to take advantage of the first goalscorer prices that Paddy Powers have on the game. Mikey Sweeney and Aidan O’Shea are joint Mayo favourites at 8/1. Way too short a price about O’Shea – we think Powers are taking too much account of his senior performances at full-forward, he hasn’t had one single goal chance for the Under 21s.

Sweeney would have been known as the goal poacher of this team ahead of the championship but he’s been surpassed since by his two colleagues in the inside line, Jason Doherty and Neil Douglas who are both a tasty 12/1.

GOAL GETTER: 12/1 for Neil Douglas for first goalscorer in today's Under 21 semi-final is a price we couldn't but take up.

GOAL GETTER: 12/1 for Neil Douglas for first goalscorer in today's Under 21 semi-final is a price we couldn't but take up.

Sweeney did goal in the Galway game (as did Doherty) but since then Mayo’s six goals have been divvied up evenly between Douglas and Doherty with three each and we’ve went with Douglas, who is extremely cool under pressure, to hit the net first for Mayo.

We also reckon that the three day turnaround for Down after the Ulster final (a joke in fairness to the Mourne men) will be too hard on them and that Mayo will win. We’re 8/13 to win in 60 minutes with Powers but we’re confident so we’re taking the 6/5 for Mayo (-2 points) and combining that with Cork to beat Dublin in the other semi-final (a price of 4/6) for a nice 7/2 twenty euro bet.

And on top of that we’re doing a 25/1 ante post bet. Mayo are 2/1 to win the competition outright. We’re linking that with Kilkenny to win the hurling All-Ireland (I think 2/5, short a price as it is, is immense value), Kerry to win the football (13/8) because they are looking very ominous.

And to finish the crystal ball gazing we’re going to be brave and go for Mayo at 6/4 to win the Connacht title. Up until a few weeks ago we thought Galway at evens to win the Connacht title was a great price but Mayo are the form team of the two and while this bet is far from certain (its the one we’re least sure of to be honest), we’re going to be jingoistic and go for Mayo to finally get it right in Connacht this year. Here’s hoping.

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