Hurling Matchbox: Dublin stun Galway while Tipperary score controversial victory in Munster
Leinster SHC semi-finals
Dublin 1-18 Galway 1-14
DUBLIN stunned Galway at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon to reach a first Leinster senior final since 2014.
The goal which came via Chris Crummey on 53 minutes was crucial to the outcome, but Dublin had match winners all over the pitch with goalkeeper Alan Nolan, Conor Burke, captain Danny Sutcliffe and top scorer Donal Burke all putting in outstanding performances.
Nolan pulled off a series of saves, including two early on as Galway started by going for goals which didn't arrive. Conor Burke excelled at midfield and was named man of the match, while Sutcliffe scored three important second-half points when the Dubs were turning the screw.
Kilkenny 2-37 Wexford 2-29
WEXFORD fought back from the dead to force extra-time with three unanswered points in a thrilling battle in front of 8,000 fans at Croke Park.
In extra-time, it looked as if Davy Fitzgerald's men were taking the final spot when goalkeeper Mark Fanning converted a penalty to put them three ahead after his opposite number Eoin Murphy was sent to the sin-bin.
However, 14-man Kilkenny came right back at the Yellowbellies and a Walter Walsh goal ultimately handed them an eight-point victory.
Munster SHC semi-final
Limerick 2-22 Cork 1-17
TWO goals in first-half injury-time swung Saturday night's game at Semple Stadium decisively in Limerick's favour.
Darragh O'Donovan and Kyle Hayes were both on target for the All-Ireland champions, leaving Cork three down at the break when previously they had been looking a three-point interval advantage.
The Rebels did their best to keep Limerick under pressure in the second-half, but points off the bench from David Reidy and Graeme Mulcahy helped the Treaty cause while Cian Lynch, Diarmaid Byrnes and Peter Casey all kept the scoreboard ticking over as well.
Tipperary 3-23 Clare 2-22
A CONTROVERSIAL penalty award helped Tipperary into a Munster final against Limerick on July 18.
Clare led by a point at the interval thanks to a late Tony Kelly goal, but the game was turned on its head when referee James Owens awarded Tipperary a penalty after Jake Morris was fouled by Aidan McCarthy on the left touchline. Owens deemed Morris had been denied a goal-scoring opportunity and signalled for a penalty while also sin-binning McCarthy.
Jason Forde found the bottom corner from the penalty and a fortuitous Séamus Callanan goal five minutes later put Tipp on course for victory.
Joe McDonagh Cup Group A
Carlow 0-18 Westmeath 0-23
WESTMEATH registered their first win of the year at Cullen Park on Saturday to get their Joe McDonagh campaign up and running. Niall O'Brien and Killian Doyle both contributed 0-6 each to the Westmeath cause as Carlow's summer almost certainly concluded.
Christy Ring Cup Group A
Roscommon 1-15 Derry 0-19
DERRY came from behind at Athleague to secure a Christy Ring semi-final spot with a one-point win.
A red card inside the first 10 minutes for Darragh McCloskey didn't help the Derry cause and the Oak Leafs trailed by six, 1-11 to 0-8, at half-time. However, captain Cormac O'Doherty, who finished with 0-8, led the charge for Derry in the second-half and points from Deaglan Foley and Conor Kelly saw them over the line.
Sligo 2-17 Offaly 2-39
SHANE Dooley's second-half goal opened the floodgates for Offaly at Markiewicz Park as they strolled into the Christy Ring semi-finals.
Nickey Rackard Cup Group A
Mayo 0-29 Leitrim 0-9
MAYO secured their semi-final spot with a 20-point win over their fellow Connacht men at MacHale Park.
Armagh 1-16 Tyrone 1-18
A BRYAN McGurk goal was crucial to Tyrone's comeback win over Armagh at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday.
The performance of Damian Casey was another key element in the Tyrone victory, the captain hitting 0-10 of the Red Hand total as they turned what was a seven-point second-half deficit into a two-point victory.
Tyrone now have a fortnight to prepare for a semi-final date with Donegal while Armagh face a quarter-final tie.
Lory Meagher Cup Group A
Louth 3-15 Monaghan 0-16
LOUTH got over their 21-point defeat to Longford with a comfortable win over Monaghan at Darver. Fergal Rafter did his best to keep the Farney in touch but it was to no avail in the end.
Group B play-off
Cavan 1-16 Fermanagh 0-17
A SEÁN Keating goal helped Cavan past Fermanagh at Breffni Park yesterday afternoon.