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GAA Round-Up: Honours Even In Salthill & Tullamore

No shocks in the GAA Championship today but plenty of talking points following draws in both the Leinster Football and Hurling Championships. 

In the weekends only Liam MacCarthy Cup fixture, Galway and Wexford played out to a draw in Salthill while Longford and Kildare were forced into extra-time in Tullamore before finishing level.

Elsewhere, It was a case of third time’s a charm for Laois in their clash with Westmeath while Donegal were made to work for all they way in their Ulster quarter-final with Fermanagh.

Here is our full and comprehensive round-up of Sunday’s GAA action.


Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

Galway 0-16 Wexford 0-16

It finished honours even in Pearse Stadium this afternoon between Galway and Wexford in an error-strewn game that wasn’t particularly exciting until the final 15 minutes.

Wexford, who had manager, Davy Fitzgerald, sent off, hit seven second-half points in a row to take the lead in the final ten minutes before Jason Flynn looked to have won it for Galway with a free followed by a dubious late score, however, Liam Og McGovern stepped up to level the game and ensure that both teams left Salthill with a point.

Galway now sit with three points on the board and travel to Nowlan Park next for a meeting with Kilkenny. Meanwhile, Wexford are stuck on two-points following the second successive draw and will welcome Carlow to Innovate Wexford Park in their next game.


Leinster Senior Football Championship


Westmeath 0-10 Laois 0-12

It proved a case of third time lucky for Laois as they took down Westmeath following back-to-back defeats to Jack Cooney’s side in this year’s Allianz Football League.

Laois were by far the better team on the day and lead Westmeath 0-8 to 0-2 at half-time. Westmeath did, however, mount a comeback in the second half and eventually reduced the lead to one with the game entering injury time but Laois managed to grab the last score of the game and hold on.

It was a disappointing day for Westmeath who would have been confident heading into the game having won both the O’Byrne Cup and Division 3 of the Allianz Football League.

Laois move on to a Leinster semi-final were they will take on Meath who dispatched of Carlow yesterday.


Longford 3-15 Kildare 1-21 (AET)

We have our first replay of the summer.

By all accounts, this afternoon’s main event at Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park was a cracker as Longford and Kildare played out a draw after extra-time. It means the two sides will meet again next weekend at the same Tullamore venue in order to see who will face Dublin in the Leinster semi-finals.

Kildare must be kicking themselves having let Longford twice back into the game. Padraic Davis’ side fought back from seven down in the second half of normal time to force extra-time. Longford hit back again when Mickey Quinn netted in extra-time to level the game once and for all.

Adam Tyrrell was impressive for Kildare on the day kicking 1-7 while James McGivney hit 0-4 from play for Longford who scored goals through Mark Hughes, Darragh Doherty and Quinn.


Ulster Senior Football Championship


Fermanagh 0-9 Donegal 0-15

Donegal set up an Ulster semi-final meeting with Tyrone following a drab encounter with Fermanagh at Brewster Park this afternoon. It was, however, more competitive than the scoreline suggests as Donegal only pulled away in the final few minutes.

Fermanagh set up their defensive screen early in the match and kept Declan Bonner’s men scoreless for the first 17 minutes of the game.

Paddy McBrearty missed a couple of early shots on his return to championship action but once he and his Donegal teammates hit their stride they never looked like losing. McBrearty finished with 0-5 with the man of the match, Jamie Brennan, chipping in with 0-4.



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