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.
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.
In what turned out to be a very one sided game, Longford decided to play an open game against Dublin in yesterday’s Leinster football Championship. Dublin gave an exhibition of fast attacking football, brilliant to watch on one hand but unfortunately, the game has become HANDBALL, not football, with anything up to 10 handpasses in succession before the ball was kicked, probably for a score. Critics complain about the blanket defence and how it’s destroying “football”. Yet, when a team like Longford come out to play an open game they still criticize the one sided game it was, and not commenting on the brilliance of Dublin. Dublin will be difficult to beat in this form and if teams decide to play an open game they will find it very difficult to win.
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