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Provincial Titles For Roscommon and Cork And The Rest Of The Weekend’s GAA Talking Points

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 9/7/2017 Clare vs Cork Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash celebrates their first goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

There were ten matches in the GAA championships over the last 48 hours with no shortage of action and talking points.

Eight of these games were knock-out ties as a number of counties will have a long winter of reflection ahead of them to assess what went wrong.

There were also two provincial finals as local bragging rights went to Roscommon and Cork.

Here are our top takeaways from the weekend:

1. Perfect weekend for Tipperary

This weekend could not have gone much better for the Premier County who had wins in both codes. Their footballers went up to Cavan and secured an impressive victory after trailing by six points at the half time break.

Then, closer to home, Michael Ryan’s hurlers hammered Dublin by 22-points in Semple Stadium. After being at the wrong end of some stinging criticism over the summer, Seamus Callanan scored an amazing 3-11 (3-4 from play) as Tipp sent a message to the rest of the country.


2. Michael Murphy and Paddy McBrearty inspire Donegal to narrow win 

Donegal earned a place in the last 12 with a nervy one-point win over Meath. With both teams reeling from heavy defeats in their provinces, this was a chance for the two counties to show their supporters what they are made of. Michael Murphy and Paddy McBrearty scored 0-12 between them as the men from the north-west reached round 4 by the narrowest of margins.

Donegal, who are blooding a lot of new players in 2017, will be thrilled to beat one of the better teams in the qualifiers. Next up for them is Galway, who were beaten to Roscommon in the Connacht final on Sunday.

The other round 4A clash sees Mayo face Cork with a spot in the All-Ireland quarter-finals the prize on offer.


3. Waterford finally beat Kilkenny 

There were great scenes in Thurles on Saturday as Waterford beat Kilkenny for the first time in the championship since 1959. They needed extra time but eventually got over the line with this 4-23 to 2-22 victory.

The win sets up an All-Ireland quarter-final against either Clare or Wexford and with this win under their belts, the Deise will be more than confident that they can return to Croke Park in 2017.


4. Roscommon answer critics, beating highly fancied Galway 

Roscommon are Connacht champions for the first time since 2010 with this 2-14 to 0-12 win in Pearse Stadium. After suffering relegation to Division 2 of the National Football League, there was a lot of people who didn’t rate the Rossies – this was their response.


Thanks to goals from Cian Connolly and Brian Stack, Kevin McStay’s side won the title and booked a Croke Park date in the All-Ireland quarter-final, where they will face one of the qualifiers for a spot in the last four.


5. Super Cork claim Munster honours 

Arguably the most impressive performance across both codes over the weekend was that of the Cork hurlers. They were the superior outfit in this Munster final, with Clare struggling to live with the Rebels for large periods of the game.

A Conor McGrath goal inspired a bit of a comeback, however, Kieran Kingston’s side held on for the win.

The Rebels join Galway in the All-Ireland semi-finals, with Cork playing in their last-four encounter in five weeks time.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.