Following two rather underwhelming quarter-finals at the Páirc Uí Chaoimh curtain-raiser last weekend, we now know the final four teams in the race for this year’s Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Clare troubled Tipperary at times on Saturday afternoon, but were ultimately no match for the reigning All-Ireland champions – the Premier’s All-Star forward line were phenomenal.
The following day, Derek McGrath’s Waterford dispatched of Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford side with relative ease, in a match that saw two ‘sweeper’ systems go toe-to-toe.
Due to their respective provincial wins, Galway and Cork were already in the semi-finals but as both Tipp and Waterford had played Cork in this year’s championship, a rare draw had to be made Monday morning.
It is now confirmed that the two front runners for the All-Ireland SHC, Galway and Tipperary, will face each other next month, while Cork will meet Waterford once again seven days later to see who can get to Croke Park on the first Sunday in September.
Galway remain favourites to claim their first senior All-Ireland title since 1988 and Waterford, despite impressing against Kilkenny and Wexford, are rank outsiders to go all the way for the first time 1959.
As always, you can never write off Tipperary – who are third favourites in some bookies – while it is a fantastic opportunity for either Cork or Waterford to get back to an All-Ireland final.
Here are the best prices at the moment according to Oddschecker:
Galway – 15/8
Tipperary – 9/4
Cork – 10/3
Waterford – 5/1
William Dunne, Pundit Arena