Championship Matchbox: Rounding up all the weekend's action
All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-finals
Limerick 5-22 Carlow 0-13
A FINE performance from Aaron Gillane helped Limerick to a handsome victory over Carlow at Cullen Park.
The Treaty had hit three goals by the 20 minute mark through Gillane, Kyle Hayes and Graeme Mulcahy and Carlow never really recovered from that setback.
Limerick continued to dominate after the restart and, despite early points from John Michael Nolan and Murphy, the Munster men soon took over again. Tom Morrissey was outstanding for Limerick and he tagged on three points in the second period to bring his tally to five, while Diarmuid Byrnes crept forward and hit the fourth goal for his side in the 55thminute.
Wexford 2-21 Westmeath 0-16
WEXFORD set up an All-Ireland quarter-final with Clare after Davy Fitzgerald's side overcame a dogged Westmeath in Cusack Park.
Aidan Nolan was outstanding for Wexford throughout the game and aided in assisting full forward David Dunne for the opening goal, with Dunne making no mistake with the finish to the back of the net.
The winning margin of 11 points was probably a fair reflection on the game, with Wexford always in control, but some sloppy play will frustrate Fitzgerald as his troops hit 14 wides throughout.
After the game, the Lake county's manager Michael Ryan stepped down after four season in charge.
All-Ireland U21 B HC round one
Donegal 3-13 Tyrone 2-4
DONEGAL will face Sligo in the quarter-final this weekend after they accounted for Tyrone in Killyclogher.
Kerry 2-20 Down 2-9
THE Kingdom were 11-point winners over Down in Mullingar. Kerry have dominated this competition in recent years and pulled away in the second-half after the Ards men had only trailed by two points, 1-5 to 0-10, at the break.
Kildare 1-14 Wicklow 1-12
KILDARE held off a late Wicklow rally to win by two points. Shane Ryan's 16th minute goal helped the Lilywhites to a commanding 1-9 to 0-3 interval lead, but the hosts staged a fine second-half comeback which saw them draw level on 1-12 apiece with four minutes to go thanks to an Enda Donohue '65.
But Kildare replied with late points from Ryan and Kevin Aherne to set up a meeting with Kerry.
All-Ireland SFC Qualifying round four
Roscommon 2-22 Armagh 1-19
ENDA Smith bagged two goals, the second one sealing the win for the Rossies in the final minute of a very high scoring game in O'Moore Park.
Rebounding from their loss to Galway in last month's Connacht final, the victory secures their passage to the inaugural All-Ireland quarter-final group stage, with Dublin, Donegal and Tyrone making up their group.
See report, page 60.
Tyrone 3-20 Cork 0-13
IT WAS all too easy for a dominant Tyrone team on Saturday as they made mincemeat of a poor Cork side at O'Moore Park.
Second-half goals from Connor McAliskey and substitutes Ronan O'Neill and Mark Bradley added gloss to what was always going to be a convincing Red Hand victory. They march on to meet Roscommon at Croke Park this weekend.
See report, page 59.
Kildare 3-20 Fermanagh 0-18
KILDARE were unquestionably the superior outfit as they took apart Fermanagh at Páirc Tailteann on Saturday.
Tommy Moolick, Kevin Feely and Che Cullen all shone for the Erne men as they set up their place in the Super 8s alongside Kerry and Galway in Group One.
See report, page 56.
All-Ireland JFC semi-finals
Galway 2-22 Kilkenny 2-8
GALWAY qualified for their first final since 2003 thanks to a 14-point victory over Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.
The Tribes men took an early three-point lead before a John Walsh goal brought the hosts level. But Galway dominated the remainder of the half to take a commanding 2-12 to 1-3 lead into the break. Johnny Ryan and Matthew Reddington both raised green flags, while Gary Kelly and Pádraig Cunningham scored four points each.
The result was never in doubt after that, despite Michael Jones clawing back a goal for the Cats nine minutes from the end.
Kerry 2-17 Kildare 1-14
KERRY will defend their All-Ireland JFC title against Galway on the weekend of July 21/22 after they came through their semi-final against Kildare in Navan on Saturday.
Boosted by Paudie Clifford's ninth-minute goal, the Kingdom had opened up a 1-7 to 0-2 lead by the end of the first quarter, but the Leinster champions replied with a run of points from Barry Noone, Brian Travers, Declan Campbell and Mark Grace to reduce the gap to just three, 0-9 to 1-9, at the interval.
Noone made it a two-point game five minutes after the restart before Kerry regained control. They were six points clear before Eoghan Lawless tucked away an injury-time penalty for the Lilywhites to halve the deficit. But Kerry responded with a Cillian Fitzgerald goal to seal their place in the decider.
Leinster SHC final replay
Galway 1-28 Kilkenny 3-15
GALWAY retained their Leinster hurling crown at the second time of asking yesterday in a thrilling clash with Kilkenny at Semple Stadium in Thurles.
A brilliant display from full-forward Jonathan Glynn was the catalyst for the Tribes men's victory. Glynn was a late introduction before throw-in in place of Conor Cooney and he gave his marker Pádraig Walsh a torrid time at the edge of the square. Glynn hit Galway's first-half goal after 14 minutes, scored a point two minutes later and also laid on three other scores for his team-mates in a stunning first-half performance.
Either side of him Cathal Mannion – six points – and Conor Whelan – four points – were also inspirational, but they needed to be in form, as Kilkenny somehow pulled to within one point in the second-half thanks to goals from substitutes Colin Fennelly and Richie Hogan.
Joe Canning and Mannion stretched that lead out to three with 10 minutes remaining, while Conor Cooney got off the mark with the help of Hawkeye.
All-Ireland SFC Qualifying round four
Monaghan 0-19 Laois 1-11
MONAGHAN shrugged off the challenge of Laois at Páirc Tailteann yesterday to complete the line-up for the All-Ireland Super 8s.
Conor McManus top scored with five points and while Monaghan failed to register a goal that was chiefly down to the brilliance of Laois 'keeper Graham Brody who pulled off six outstanding saves.
See report, page 57.