Kilkenny experience and intensity too much for young Waterford team while Tyrone come through the back door to All-Ireland football semi-final and Mayo will be serious contenders after big win over Donegal.Kilkenny are yet again through to the All-Ireland hurling final after a typical display of skill and intensity that laid the way for a 6 pt. win
over Waterford. With T J Reid and Richie Hogan to the fore, Reid scoring the only goal of the game when he latched on the a loose hurling ball before crashing the sliotar to the Waterford net. Maurice Shanahan helped keep Waterford in the game but Kilkenny were deserving winners.
Tyrone defeated Ulster football Champions Monaghan in the All-Ireland quarter final on Saturday. This was a disappointing result for Monaghan after winning in Ulster to go down to another previously beaten Ulster team. But Tyrone were the better team on the day and manager Mickey Harte said afterwards that they are really looking forward to meeting Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Mayo put in a masterful and assured performance against Donegal in the other quarter final running out winners by 8 pts. The game swung in their favour both sides of half time with a brilliant goal from Aidan O’Shea on the stroke of half time and an opportunity goal by Lee Keegan just after half time. From then on Donegal, with Michael Murphy their main threat, were chasing the game. Mayo go on to play Dublin in the other semi-final which will be a difficult assignment but not without hope.