The curtain comes down on another weekend of the GAA Championships as the summer kicks into gear. We look at five talking points from the action.
Shane Dooley inspires
One of the best hurlers in the country led Offaly into the semi-final of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship. Every loss for the Faithful is met with widespread bemoaning, so it is only fair that they are praised for digging out a derserved win.
Dooley was in top form, scoring 3-8 to mount a remarkable comeback.
Offaly take on Galway in the semi-final, with little expected of them.
Cork stumble over the line
Cork were expected to rock up to Dungarvan and win easily. What they were not expecting was to meet a resolute Waterford challenge.
The Déise threw the kitchen sink at the favourites, and had the Rebels on the ropes in the latter stages of the game. However, they were unable to land a knockout blow.
If they can recreate that level of performance in the qualifiers, they could cause a few shocks.
Peadar Healy’s side must improve dramatically ahead of their semi-final against Tipperary if they wish to realise their dream of a home quarter-final.
Wexford put Laois to the sword
Wexford wasted little time in killing off what could have been a tricky Laois challenge today.
The Yellowbellies had too much class for their hosts, winning on a scoreline of 3-25 to 1-17.
There were fears that perhaps Davy Fitzgerald’s side would peak too early, having shocked the country during the spring. However, today’s showing indicated that there is more to come, and they are well primed ahead of the much-anticipated showdown with Kilkenny.
Drab Ulster Championship
The Ulster Championship is widely lauded as the most competitive provincial competition. Facile wins for Monaghan, Donegal and Tyrone in the last week would suggest otherwise.
Tyrone went to Derry today and didn’t move out of second gear. Their hosts had a purple patch early in the second half, but lacked the firepower to really make a difference.
The argument for a tiered championship has been strengthened after the opening rounds.
Roll on Donegal vs Tyrone, at least.
Galway back up the hype
We didn’t see fireworks akin to the League final, but the Tribesmen did enough to justify their All-Ireland favourites tag. Dublin’s gameplan when they had 15 on the field was focused on disrupting the Galway rhythm.
The physicality and aggression of the Galway team was telling, while their skill level was a cut above.
It was a perfect afternoon’s work for Micheal Donoghue’s side, and they have things to work on. were handed some easy scores by the Boys in Blue.
Joe Canning and Co. were handed some easy scores by the Boys in Blue.