Club Championships round-up
The Antrim SFC Final between Erin’s Own, Cargin and Lámh Dhearg finished in a draw. Read our match-report HERE.
Two goals from the outstanding Oisin O’Neill helped Crossmaglen to a 2-9 to 0-8 County SFC semi-final victory over Maghery.
His first after just two minutes helped Crossmaglen into a 1-4 half-time lead, and a brilliant strike late on sealed a deserved victory for the reigning champions.
Ballymacnab will provide the opposition in the County Final after their extra-time victory over Granemore in the other semi-final.
The teams were deadlocked at 0-11 apiece at the end of normal time, but points from Jack Grugan, Pauric Gribben, and Niall McKee sealed victory for Ballymacnab in extra-time.
Éire Óg won the Carlow SFC Final in style, defeating neighbours Palatine by 1-16 to 0-5.
A Reece Denieffe goal helped the winners into a 1-7 to 0-3 half-time lead, and their dominance was even more pronounced in the second-half.
St. Joseph’s, Miltown and Kilmurry-Ibrickane will contest the Clare SFC Final.
Reigning champions St. Joseph’s had to withstand a strong second-half challenge from Doonbeg before eventually winning their semi-final by 1-16 to 1-12.
The foundation for their victory as laid in the first-half after which they led by 0-13 to 0-5. Doonbeg came roaring back in the second-half, though, and the game was up for grabs until Cormac Murray grabbed a late goal for the winners.
Kilmurray Ibrickane defeated Cratloe by 0-13 to 1-8 in the other semi-final.
Keelan Sexton was the main man for the winners, kicking a total of seven points.
Reigning champions Imokilly and Glen Rovers will contest the Cork SHC Final after semi-final victories over the weekend.
It was all too easy for the Glen who triumphed 0-26 to 0-11 over Carrigtwohill.
The game was effectively decided in the first 17 minutes, after which time Rovers led by 0-12 to no-score with six different players scoring from play.
It wasn’t quite so easy for Imokilly, but they still were comfortable enough victors over St. Finbarr’s on a scoreline of 3-19 to 1-19.
A Declan Dalton goal helped them into a six-point half-time lead, and when substitute Shane O’Regan blasted another goal a minute after his introduction midway through the second-half, there was only going to be one winner.
Glen pulled off an almighty shock when they defeated a fancied Slaughtneil by 3-7 to 1-11 in the County SFC semi-final.
Goals from Cathal Mulholland, Jack Doherty, and Emmet Bradley proved crucial as the underdogs sealed their first ever County SFC Final appearance.
It’ll be a novel occasion, because up against them will be a Magherafelt team appearing in their first County Final since 1983 thanks to a 1-10 to 1-9 semi-final victory over Banagher.
Cuala and St Brigid’s will contest this year’s Dublin SHC Final after semi-final victories over St. Vincent’s and Craobh Chiaráin respectively.
Both matches were fairly one-sided as Cuala defeated St. Vincent’s by 3-21 to 1-16 and St. Brigid’s defeated Craobh Chairáin by 2-17 to 1-13.
This year’s Donegal SFC Final will be a repeat of last year’s as Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Conaill won their respective semi-finals.
Reigning champions Gaoth Dobhair had to dig deep to defeated a talented Kilcar outfit by 3-8 to 0-12 with the goals coming from Eamonn Collum, Daire Ó Baoill and the evergreen Kevin Cassidy.
An injury-time free from Eoghan McGettigan saw Naomh Conaill edge out St Eunan’s on a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-11 in the other semi-final.
Corofin are still on course for a seventh straight Galway SFC title after their 1-16 to 2-9 semi-final victory over Salthill/Knocknacarra.
A Ronan Steede goal helped Corofin into a 1-9 to 0-4 half-time lead, and even though the sea-siders scored two second-half goals they never really looked like causing an upset.
Corofin won without injuryed duo Micheál Lundy and Kieran Fitzgerald, but hope to have them back for the County Final where they’ll face a Tuam Stars team that defeated Moycullen by 3-11 to 1-12 in the other semi-final.
James Stephens and Erin’s Own Castlecomer will face off in the first of the Kilkenny SHC semi-finals after quarter-final wins over Rower-Inistioge and Dicksboro respectively.
A strong opening quarter was key to The Village’s win over Rower-Inistioge as they led by 0-7 to 0-1 after 15 minutes.
They pushed their advantage out to nine points by the half-time break, and though Rower-Inistioge rallied in the second-half, they couldn’t bridge the gap as James Stephens ran out 0-19 to 0-15 victors.
Erin’s Own showed a lot of grit to overcome Dicksboro by 1-8 to 1-6 in wet and windy conditions at Nowlan Park.
A long-range free from Conor Fogarty that went all the way to the net gave them the perfect start, while four first-half points from James Mullins helped give them a buffer on the score-board that Dicksboro couldn’t overcome.
O’Loughlin Gaels and Mullinavat will have to do it all over again after their quarter-final finished 0-12 apiece, while the outstanding quarter-final between Ballyhale Shamrocks and Clara was postponed following the tragic death of Ballyhale hurler Eugene Aylward in a traffic accident on Friday night.
Five points from play by Kerry star David Clifford helped East Kerry to a dramatic 0-20 to 3-9 victory over Kerins O’Rahilly’s after extra-time in Round 3 of the Kerry SFC.
There were also Round 3 victories for Kenmare Shamrocks over West Kerry (2-11 to 2-8) and St Brendan’s over Shannon Rangers (4-22 to 1-12).
The Kildare SFC Final will be a Newbridge derby for the eight time since 2001 after Moorefield and Sarsfields defeated Athy and Celbridge respectively in the county semi-finals.
A strong second-half performance from Sarsfields saw them defeat Celbridge by 0-9 to 0-5, but Moorefield’s passage was less comfortable.
They led by 10 points early in the second-half, but were very nearly caught by a rousing Athy comeback that saw them cut the gap to two points.
Even though Moorefield didn’t score for the final 25 minutes, they still held on for a 2-10 to 1-11 victory.
Meanwhile, Naas won their first Kildare SHC title since 2002 by beating Coill Dubh in the Final by 0-15 to 0-12.
Ross King scored an injury-time goal to a seal a 1-15 to 0-17 victory over Rathdowney-Errill over Camross in the Laois SHC semi-final.
It must have been a sweet moment for King who suffered a serious facial injury when Rathdowney-Errill were defeated by the same opposition in last year’s county final.
It looked like Camross would be victorious again when they led by two points with time almost up, but King did brilliantly to fire a rasper to the roof of the net from long-range to clinch a dramatic victory for his team.
Patrickswell after Limerick SHC champions for the first time since 2016 after a brilliant victory over reigning champions Na Piarsaigh. Read our report of that match HERE.
Killoe Emmet Óg defeated Longford Slashers in the Longford SFC Final. Read our match report HERE.
Ballaghaderreen pulled off a shock by defeating Castlebar in the Mayo SFC semi-final on a scoreline of 0-15 to 0-8.
Ryan Lynch was a driving force for the winners, kicking four first-half points from midfield to help his team into a 0-10 to 0-4 lead at the break.
Castlebar needed a goal in the second-half to fight their way back into the contest, but the nearest they came to getting one was when Neil Douglas’ penalty was well saved by Ballagh ‘keeper Patrick Sharkey.
In the other Mayo SFC semi-final, reigning champions Ballintubber defeated Ballina Stephenites by 1-10 to 0-6.
County star Cillian O’Connor was the main man for the winners scoring four points, while Ciaran Gavin struck for a late goal to put the result beyond doubt.
A late free from Paddy Connelly saw Kildalkey secure a 1-13 apiece draw with Kiltale in the Meath SHC Final.
The result will still feel like an opportunity missed for underdogs Kildalkey, though.
They led by five points with three minutes of normal time remaining, but defending champions Kiltale then scored 1-3 before Connelly saved Kildalkey’s blushes.
An injury-time free by Paul Finlay saw Ballybay claim a 0-11 to 1-8 draw with Scotstown in the Monaghan SFC semi-final.
It looked like they wouldn’t need such heroics when they led by 0-8 to 0-1 in the first-half, but Scotstown were the dominant force in the second-half.
Shane Carey’s goal seemed to have give them the impetus to claim a come from behind victory until Finlay equalised late on. The replay will take place this weekend. In the other semi-final, Clontribret defeated Latton by 1-10 to 0-11.
Offaly county hurling team goalkeeper, Eoghan Cahill, was in red-hot form as a forward for his club Birr in their County SHC semi-final victory over Kilcormac-Killoughey.
Cahill scored 13 points, six of them from play, in his team’s 0-20 to 0-16 win.
In the other semi-final, St Rynagh’s ground out a hard-fought 0-14 to 0-12 win over Belmont in difficult playing conditions.
Four Roads gained vengeance for last year’s loss to the same opposition by beating Athleague by 1-19 to 1-8 in the Roscommon SHC Final.
A James Cunniffe goal gave the victors the perfect start, and a nine-point haul by Cathal Dolan also played a big part in their convincing victory.
Tourlestrane’s bid for a fourth County SFC title is still on track after they defeated Shamrock Gaels by 2-19 to 0-7 in the county SFC semi-final.
The reigning champions led by 1-9 to no-score after 22 minutes, and won easing up thereafter.
Tourlestrane will now play Coolera-Strandhill, who defeated St. Mary’s by 2-14 to 0-16, in the County Final.
Reigning champions Clonoulty-Rossmore defeated Loughmore-Castleiney by 1-33 to 3-22 after extra-time in an enthralling Tipperary SHC preliminary quarter-final clash.
Loughmore led by 3-6 to 0-13 at half-time and were the better team at the start of the second-half, but Clonoulty outscored them by 0-8 to 0-2 in the closing minutes to force extra-time.
The West Division club were the dominant force then in extra-time. Special mention must go to Timmy Hammersley who finished with a person haul of 18 points.
Toomevara defeated Mullinahone by 1-24 to 2-19 after extra-time in the weekend’s other preliminary quarter-final.
The Greyhounds really came good in the second period of extra time when a Mark McCarthy goal proved crucial to their victory.
Rathgormack and Ballinacourty will contest the Waterford SFC Final after semi-final victories over Stradbally and The Nire respectively.
Conor Murray was the star-man for Rathgormack, scoring four points from play as they defeated Stradbally by 0-14 to 0-8.
While two late Neil Montgomery points helped Ballinacourty to a 0-16 to 1-9 victory over reigning champions The Nire.
Bray Emmets claimed a convincing 1-19 to 1-9 victory over three-in-a-row chasing Glenealy in the Wicklow SHC Final.
Christy Moorehouse and Michael Boland scored heavily for the victors in the first-half before a Padraig Doyle goal really emphasised their superiority.
Glenealy scored a goal early in the second-half, but never looked like reeling Emmets in thereafter.