GAA Sidelines for weekend July 13 and 14 2019
DERRY are guaranteed a semi-final spot in this year’s All-Ireland U20 B Hurling Championship after Tyrone opted to concede today’s fixture, and Down will be hoping to join them in the last four when they welcome Sligo to Páirc Esler this afternoon (3pm).
Ronan Sheehan’s side had a huge 4-19 to 0-7 win over Donegal on Tuesday night with the Tir Chonaill men failing to score in the first half.
The Mourne county led 3-13 to 0-0 at the break with Conor McCrickard helping himself to a couple of goals with the second half proving to be a much more even affair. The winners will face Derry in the next round.
Holders Kerry meet Wicklow in Thurles today (3pm) in a repeat of the 2017 final, a game won by the Kingdom. They haven’t been in action yet but Wicklow recorded a hard-fought one-point win in Mayo last weekend.
The other quarter-final will see Meath welcome Kildare to Trim this evening (7pm).
GALWAY and Meath will battle it out for the right to face Kerry in this year’s All-Ireland Junior Football Championship final when they clash at Dr Hype Park today (1pm).
The Kingdom are going for five All-Ireland titles in a row this season and have beaten Galway and Meath in the last two finals.
The Tribesmen won the Connacht title after a one-point win over Mayo with Padraic Ó’Donnell starring around the middle while Thomas Gleeson top-scored with 1-2 for Matt Duggan’s side.
Meath came out of Leinster after a one-point win over Louth in the semi-final and a two-point success against Kildare in the final.
KILKENNY will secure their place in this year’s All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship semi-finals if they can avoid defeat against Galway at Croke Park tomorrow (12pm).
The Cats took control of the three-team quarter-final group with a 2-14 to 0-13 round one win over Clare last weekend.
Pierce Blanchfield gave them the platform for victory in the first half as his low shot found the net to leave Kilkenny 1-7 to 0-7 ahead at the break.
Colman O’Sullivan added a crucial second goal after the interval with Billy Drennan contributing an excellent nine-point haul.
As Galway do not compete in the Leinster Championship at minor level, this will be their first Championship outing of the season with a game against Clare to come next weekend.