What a day it was on Sunday with the final round of National Football League fixtures as well as the National Hurling League quarter-finals, with finals in the lower divisions also. With so much going on throughout the weekend, here are our five talking points from the last 48 hours on planet GAA.
Wexford upset the Cats
The revolution is still on! An incredible win for Wexford over Kilkenny continues the county’s unbeaten run since Davy Fitzgerald took the bainisteoir’s bib. While they started off the season well with wins over Limerick and Galway, three matches against weaker opponents since then made it unclear how good they were playing.
The prize for Davy and Co. is a clash with All-Ireland champions, Tipperary for a spot in the league final.
Good day for the 1B counties
Limerick and Galway will join Wexford in the last four after their respective victories. Limerick went down to Páirc Uí Rinn and beat Cork – just a week after the Rebels defeated Tipperary on the Lee-side.
Galway, despite trailing for large periods against Waterford, finished strongly to get over the Déise. We have written before about the obscure structure to the league and now we have a situation where three of the last four teams came from 1B – despite having a significantly easier path to the knock-out stages. The exception to the 1B wins was Offaly, who were hammered by Tipperary.
Dublin to meet Kerry in football decider
It was a dramatic day in Division 1 of the NFL at, in the end, Dublin and Kerry came out as the two teams at the top. Dublin were put to the test, but came out on top over Monaghan, while Kerry had a comfortable win over Tyrone. Cavan’s relegation was confirmed also.
Galway win promotion to Division 1
The people of Meath were upset when they saw the Kildare team for the clash in Salthill was minus a few regular starters. The Lilywhites’ defeat to Galway means the same two sides will meet in next week’s division final.
Meath, despite beating Clare, will have to remain in the second tier for another year at least.
Tipp beat Armagh in dramatic finale
After missing out of securing promotion with a defeat to Louth last time out, Tipperary made up for that with this 3-8 to 0-16 win. Armagh were fancied from the outset to get promotion but miss out despite leading for much of the game. An injury time goal from Michael Quinlivan, who scored 3-1, secured promotion and a final berth for the Premier at Armagh’s expense.