Football Matchbox: Comfortable wins for Cork, Kerry & Mayo
Munster SFC semi-finals
Kerry 1-19 Tipperary 1-8
KERRY had 11 points to spare as they dethroned Munster champions Tipperary at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening.
David Clifford finished brilliantly to the roof of the Tipperary net early on while a point from Paul Geaney and three frees from Seán O'Shea free saw Kerry lead 1-4 to 0-1 at the first water-break. The visitors also kicked the final four points of the half through O'Shea (three) and Diarmuid O'Connor for a 1-11 to 1-3 half time lead.
Any remaining hope Tipperary had evaporated on 50 minutes when Michael Quinlivan was sent-off for an off-the-ball incident with Gavin Crowley. Three minutes later, Tipp were down to 13 men when Jason Lonergan was sent to the sinbin.
Cork 1-16 Limerick 0-11
JOHN O'Rourke collected 1-3 for Cork as the Rebels advanced to their fifth successive Munster decider with victory over Limerick side at the Gaelic Grounds.
Limerick did well to stay in the game throughout most of the opening half but they couldn't stick the pace and were 1-6 to 0-4 in arrears on the short whistle, O'Rourke finishing brilliantly to the net for Cork.
Cork held Limerick to points from distance when the Treaty were pushing for a goal and ultimately won at a canter.
Connacht SFC semi-final
Mayo 5-20 Leitrim 0-11
MAYO won an embarrassingly one-sided semi-final at MacHale Park on Sunday afternoon.
James Horan's men were seven points to the good by the time the first water break came around, with Tommy Conroy kicking three of those scores cutting in from the left-hand side and Matthew Ruane slotting over a brace.
Then, before 30 minutes were up, Mayo had three majors to their name. First, Darren Coen got in to round the goalkeeper after a Conor Loftus pass was deflected into his path and he finished from close range. Not too long after that Darren McHale bagged two goals inside of a minute.
From there on in, it was a walk in the park for Mayo.