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Football Matchbox: Galway into Connacht final while Meath set up Leinster semi date with Dublin

Galway will have to wait on the injury verdict on Shane Walsh ahead of the Connacht final
Pádraig Ó Meiscill

Connacht SFC semi-final

Galway 2-11 Roscommon 0-12

A SUSPECTED hamstring injury to Shane Walsh put a dampener on Galway's progress to the Connacht final yesterday.

Sean Kelly created both Galway goals in an impressive display from corner-back, while Kieran Molloy frequently bombed forward from the half-back line and young star Matthew Tierney (1-2) was highly influential at midfield. Corner-forward Paul Kelly also grabbed 1-2 in a fine display.

The defeat capped a miserable year for Anthony Cunningham and Roscommon coming, as it did, on the back of relegation from Division One.

Leinster SFC quarter-finals

Westmeath 3-20 Laois 1-10

DESPITE leading at half-time, 1-8 to 0-10, Laois ultimately suffered a drubbing at the hands of Westmeath at O'Connor Park yesterday.

Ger Egan, who finished with 0-5, took control for Westmeath heading into the final quarter of the game and late goals from Denis Corroon, David Lynch and Lorcan Dolan left the O'Moore men reeling.

Meath 4-22 Longford 0-12

GOALS from captain Shane McEntee, top scorer Jordan Morris, who finished with 1-4, rising star Cathal Hickey and substitute James Conlon sealed a 22-point win for Meath at Páirc Tailteann. Meath's reward is a meeting with Dublin in the Leinster semi-finals.

Leading 2-10 to 0-6 at half-time against a poor Longford outfit, the Royal county reeled off another 1-4 without reply between the 42nd and 54th minutes to leave the result well and truly beyond doubt.

Afterwards, Longford manager Pádraic Davis confirmed his departure from the role after three seasons.

Dublin 0-15 Wexford 0-7

DUBLIN were held to their tightest margin of victory in Leinster since their 2013 provincial final victory Meath by Wexford yesterday afternoon.

Wexford led at the first water break, 0-3 to 0-2, but the Dubs eventually warmed to the task as Ciarán Kilkenny levelled before Cormac Costello posted a couple of frees, and centre-back Brian Howard chipped in before Con O'Callaghan struck an upright as the Sky Blues carved out a 0-6 to 0-3 half-time lead.

Howard then got a second score and Costello added two frees as Dublin stretched their lead to six by 45 minutes. They then cemented victory with a closing burst of scores from subs Tom Lahiff and Colm Basquel together with Costello, before another substitute, Dean Rock extended the victory to eight points in Rock's first appearance of the season.

Kildare 1-15 Offaly 0-13

NEIL Flynn hit a personal tally of 1-7 as Kildare set up a Leinster semi-final against Westmeath with victory in Portlaoise.

The Lilywhites were pushed all the way by Offaly, however, and were just a point ahead, 0-6 to 0-5, at the break.

Jack O'Connor's men upped the ante in the second-half and by the end were full value for their win.

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