It was a very busy weekend for Gaelic Football with seven matches around the provinces, we have a full review and all the results.
Ballaghadereen ran out convincing winners in McHale Park yesterday to set up a Connacht final showdown with reigning champions St. Brigids.
Sligo champions Curry had nothing in their locker to prepare them for the class of Mayo’s Ballaghadereen who survived the early shock of a goal to finish up 1-15 to 1-07 winners with Barry Regan claiming 8 points on the day.
St. Brigids were equally convincing in their victory, having 7 points to spare in their 0-15 to 0-8 semi-final win. If the Mayo men have any designs on capturing Connacht club football’s highest prize, they will have to find a way to deal with Roscommon’s Senan Kilbride who hit Curyy for 5 points yesterday and has been talismanic for Brigids all year.
Meanwhile in Leinster, the semi-finals have both been decided with the more glamorous tie being the meeting of Dublin’s Ballymun Kickhams and Kildare’s Sarsfields of Newbridge. Ballymun comprehensively beat 0-7 to 2-13 Mullingar Shamrocks, who we must not forget did for last years all-Ireland runners up Garrycastle, making the feat seem all the more impressive. The manner of the victory even surprised Ballymun coach Paul Curran who worried beforehand about his players’ experience, “We were worried coming down here because none of these fellas had played in this stage of the competition before, had no experience of it”.
Sarsfields triumphed over St. Pats of Louth who couldn’t recapture the form that saw them overcome Rhode in the last round. The other semi-final will see Portlaoise face Killoe Young Emmets who impressed by overcoming a fancied Navan O Mahony’s. Portlaoise steam rolled their opponents, St. Pats of Wicklow by 3-15 to 0-4 and have to now be seen as favourites to win their 8th Leinster title.
Elsewhere in Ulster it was the same old story of Cross marching on. St. Eunans must have felt they had their homework done because commendably they did hold Jamie Clarke scoreless but unfortunately, as with all great champions, Cross have quality all over the pitch. They were comfortable 3-11 to 0-7 points winners in the end and Tyrone’s Errigal Ciaran await them in the semi-final.
Mullingar Shamrocks 0-7 Ballymun Kickhams 2-13
Portlaoise 3-15 St Patrick’s 0-4
Killoe Youg Emmets 2-13 Navan O’Mahony’s 0-8
Sarsfields 2-12 St. Patrick’s 2-6
St. Brigid’s 0-15 Salthill 0-8
Ballaghadereen 1-15 Curry 1-7
Crossmaglen Rangers 3-11 St. Eunan’s 1-7