The Gaelic football championship continued this evening as Kildare, Limerick and Clare all advanced to the next round of their provincial championships.
The big story comes via the way of Thurles as Limerick recorded a huge upset victory over Tipperary while Kildare were made to sweat it out against Wicklow.
Here is our round-up of Saturday evening’s games.
Leinster Senior Football Championship
Wicklow 1-10 Kildare 0-15
Cian O’Neill’s men were made to work for their victory in Netwatch Cullen Park. Kevin Feely recently spoke to Pundit Arena about the pressure Kildare were under to ensure a repeat of last year’s game against Carlow – at the same venue – didn’t occur and thankfully for them, they got out of this tie alive, barely.
Kildare Scorers: Adam Tyrrell 0-5 (0-4fs), Eoghan O'Flaherty 0-4 (0-2fs, 0-1 45), Ben McCormack 0-2, Fergal Conway 0-1, David Hyland 0-1, Paddy Brophy 0-1, Neil Flynn 0-1 (0-1f)
Kildare will now play Longford in the Leinster Championship Quarter Final on Sunday the 26th of May.
— Kildare GAA (@KildareGAA) May 11, 2019
Kildare looked to be in control leading by five points at the break (0-9 to 0-5), however, John Evans men came out fighting in the second half.
The Lilywhite’s stretched their lead to seven at one point, however, a Darren Hayden goal set up a nervy finish but Kildare held on.
Munster Senior Football Championship
Tipperary 1-10 Limerick 3-11
The first shock of the summer.
Tipperary were expected to overcome the challenge of Limerick at home today. While Tipperary barely survived in Division 2 of the Allianz Football League, Limerick had an indifferent Division 4 campaign and it was expected that Tipp would have too much.
Limerick GAA Saturday Result:
Saturday 11th May
Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final
Limerick 3-11 Tipperary 1-10 pic.twitter.com/614y0mO2ms
— Limerick GAA (@LimerickCLG) May 11, 2019
However, Limerick toppled their Munster this evening in Thurles. It was nip and tuck throughout the opening 20 minutes until two quick-fire goals from captain, Iain Corbitt and Sean McSweeney gave them a seven-point lead that proved insurmountable.
Tipperary were able to pull a goal back in the second-half but Limerick kicked on to secure the seven-point win and give us our first shock of the summer.
Clare 0-9 Waterford 0-8
Colm Collins side were made to fight tooth and nail to come away from Ennis with a victory on Saturday.
Munster Gaa Senior football Q/F
Clare : 0-9(9)
Waterford: 0-8(8) pic.twitter.com/CKhXW2MpyG
— Clare Gaa (@GaaClare) May 11, 2019
Clare were expected to make short work of Waterford and set-up yet another Munster semi-final clash with Kerry, however, a real team effort from the Munster minnows made for a tense battle.
On the day Eoin Cleary proved the difference between the two sides, kicking 0-6 for Clare.