There were plenty of surprise results in Clare and Tipperary over the weekend as the various county club championships begin to take shape.
In Tipperary, Thurles Sarsfields exited the county championship after a one-point loss to Upperchurch-Drombane in the Mid-Tipperary quarter-final. It is the earliest championship exit since 2013 for the club with the most county titles.
Meanwhile, Drom & Inch overcame Clonakenny, JK Brackens battled to a win over Thurles Sarsfields B and Moycarkey-Borris recorded a surprise win over reigning mid champions Loughmore-Castleiney in the other quarter-finals.
In North Tipperary, the semi-final lineup has been confirmed with Kiladangan set to take on Templederry Kenyons while Borris-Ileigh will face Burgess with both games taking place in Nenagh on September 22.
Over in South Tipperary, Eoin Kelly captained Mullinahone to their first divisional title since 2016 with a 1-18 to 1-16 win over Carrick Swans.
The semi-final fixtures in the Limerick Senior County Championship have been confirmed as Doon and Kilmallock booked their places in the final four with respective wins over Ballybrown and Ahane.
Ballybrown led Doon by a goal at the half-time mark but a strong showing from last year’s finalists in the second period, including a goal from Cormac Ryan, helped them to a 1-23 to 2-15 win over the 2016 runners-up.
Earlier in the day, Kilmallock were forced to battle hard to overcome a strong showing from Ahane, especially in a tight first half. Niall Moran was the standout player for the Castleconnell based club with 1-5 to his name, while the Morrissey brothers also impressed, but Kilmallock, led by Jake Mulcahy and Graeme Mulcahy, ran out five-point winners.
Kilmallock will now meet champions Na Piarsaigh in the penultimate round, while Doon will take on Patrickswell. Both games will take place at the LIT Gaelic Grounds on September 22.
In Cork, Carrigtwohill are through to the semi-final of the Senior Hurling Championship following a 3-17 to 2-16 win over Ballyhea on Sunday afternoon.
James Mulcahy was the hero for the 2011 champions with his second-half hat-trick proving the difference. Ballyhea took a one-point lead into the break but despite a second-half goal, it was Carrig who closed out the game strongly to progress.
Meanwhile, St Finbarr’s edged past Bishopstown to book their place in the final four on a scoreline of 0-15 to 0-14. The Barr’s had a one-point lead at the break despite a late showing from Bishopstown in the final minutes of the first period. They levelled the game with just over 10 minutes to go but with points from Eoghan Finn and Conor Cahalane, St Finbarr’s held on for the win.
There was a major upset in Clare over the weekend as reigning champions, and 2017 All-Ireland finalists, Ballyea were knocked out of the championship at the quarter-final stage by Crusheen.
The 2011 champions led by five points at the break while Ballyea were dealt a blow when Tony Kelly was substituted after a heavy knock at the end of the first half. However, the former Hurler of the Year was reintroduced in the second period and despite his late goal, Crusheen held on for a 0-18 to 2-11 win.
Crusheen will face Cratloe in the semi-final later this month while Sixmilebridge will take on Inagh-Kilnamona in the other fixture.