Three senior club provincial titles were up for decision today in football, as the race to St Patrick’s Day begins to turn for home.
In Munster, All-Ireland champions Dr Crokes were expected to overcome Nemo Rangers, but the Cork outfit executed their gameplan to perfection, shocking their Kerry rivals to march on to the All-Ireland semi-final.
Nemo will face Derry side Slaughtneil, who continued their remarkable run by sealing a ‘double treble’. Last year’s All-Ireland runners-up had far too much class for Cavan Gaels, winning out on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-10.
Meanwhile, Corofin needed extra-time to get past fellow Connacht heavyweights Castlebar Mitchels in Tuam. The Galway outfit were forced to dig deep, but finished the stronger to get through by a margin of four points.
Corofin, should they get over Fulham Irish of London in the All-Ireland quarter-final, will have to wait to learn their semi-final opponents, as the Leinster final line-up was confirmed.
Buoyed by their shock victory over St Vincent’s, Rathnew welcomed Moorefield of Kildare to Aughrim today. However, this week the visitors to the Wicklow venue found more success, as Moorefield ran out six-point victors.
They will face St Loman’s of Mullingar in the final, who overcame Simonstown Gaels of Meath 0-13 to 1-08.
Following today’s action, there are just six clubs left in contention for the All-Ireland title. Here are the results:
Munster SFC final: Nemo Rangers 0-16 Dr Crokes 0-11
Ulster SFC final: Slaughtneil 1-15 Cavan Gaels 0-10
Connacht SFC final: Castlebar Mitchels 1-12 Corofin 2-13 (after extra-time)
Leinster SFC semi-finals:
Rathnew 2-07 Moorefield 2-13
St Loman’s 0-13 Simonstown Gaels 1-08