Dublin take Centre Stage on another busy weekend on the GAA club front.
Cuala and Ballyboden were crowned Dublin County Champions in hurling and football on another busy weekend for the GAA clubs. Cuala had a comprehensive win, their first in 21 years, in the Dublin hurling decider with a 10 pt. win over St. Judes. Although only leading by 1-7 to 0-7 at the interval Cuala took control of the 2nd half, adding two more goals. Both Sean Treacy, with two goals and David Treacy with 7 pts. were the difference between the teams. Cuala go on to meet Coolderry in the Leinster Championship next weekend. Ballyboden overcame St. Vincents by 4 pts. in a surprise win in the football decider. St. Vincents, Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland club champions were expected to retain their crown,but two goals by Andy Kearns, one a penalty, was the difference between the teams, finishing on a scoreline of 2-8 to 0-10.
Limerick take U-21 hurling Championship in style. Limerick gave a scintillating display of fast, open, skilful hurling to defeat Wexford in the All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Championship by 0-26 to 1-7. Following their Munster final win over a fancied Clare team going for 4 in a row, Limerick continued on their rich vein of form to completely overpower Wexford. Right from the start Limerick were the sharper team, controlling the sliotar and striking some great points. 7 Limerick players scored, with Ronan Lynch, 6 and Barry Nash, 5, top of the list for a Limerick team that led by 11pts. to 4 at half time. The open fast hurling was in marked contrast to the very physical nature of the hurling that we saw in the senior final six days earlier.
Galway triumph in hurling ” game of the year” to date. On what was one of the most exciting, skilful and dramatic games of hurling ever played Galway won their way to the All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny by a single point scored in the 3rd minute of injury time by substitute Shane Maloney. In a game where Tipperary full forward Seamus Callinan scored 3-9 and still ended up on the loosing side, Galway were the better team but Callinans goals kept Tipperary in the lead for long spells of the game. Galway scored 0-26 pts. some of which were outstanding points with the Galway forwards striking the hurling ball with great accuracy. Joe Canning, 10 pts. Jason Flynn and Cathal Mannion 5 pts. each accounted for 20 of Galway s pts. Both goalkeepers brought off some spectacular saves also, deflecting the sliotar out for 65s from point blank shots. There was a total of 45 scores in 70 mins, what other game would produce this much entertainment and skill in 70 mins.
If Galway can reproduce this display they will be very hard to beat in the All-Ireland final.
Galway hurlers put on a brilliant display of finishing against a careless Dublin defence in this Leinster Championship replay in Tullamore. Galway scored 3 goals in the first quarter, all scored by Cathal Mannion, in an unforgettable performance by him when he made great use of his chances, crashing the hurling ball to the net three times. The game was almost out of Dublins reach by then, although if they had scored their 2 penalty chances in the first half they could have made it uncomfortable for Galway in the 2nd half. Galway go on to play the winners of Offaly and Laois in the semi-final.
Limerick advance to Munster semi final in controversial circumstances while Westmeath and Laois make it to the Leinster Championship proper.
Limericks defeat of Clare in the Munster Championship by a single point last Sunday gives them a home game v Tipperary in the Munster semi final. In an exciting game with typical munster Championship hurling in which two players were straight red carded, Limerick showed the greater composure to come out on top. With 19 year old Cian Lynch scoring 3 points, striking the sliotar with great accuracy and second half substitute Aaron Cunningham scoring 2 great goals, the second in which he gathered the hurling ball well out field, turning and soloing 30 meters before crashing the sliotar to the Limerick net, Limerick did enough to deserve their win.
Meanwhile, Laois came from 7 pts. down just after half time to beat Westmeath in their must win game to advance to the Leinster Championship proper. Laois looked in trouble until Zane Keenan to the game to Westmeath making great us of the sliotar to set up scores for his teammates. Laois now meet Offaly and Westmeath meet Wexford on June 7th in the Leinster Quarter finals.
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