CAMOGIE : Galway class sees Antrim draw blank
GALWAY breezed into the All-Ireland semi-final when they completely outshone Antrim 9-26 to 0-0 in the Foras na Gaeilge championship played as part of the Páirc Tailteann centenary celebrations on Saturday.
Ahead 1-2 after just five minutes thanks to a goal from Brenda Kerins, the writing was on the wall for Antrim from the first whistle.
Tipperary will join Galway in the last four after two Claire Grogan points in injury-time saw the Premier County edge out Kilkenny 3-8 to 2-10.
A determined Kilkenny side made a great start when Caitriona Carey, sister of the legendary DJ, crashed the sliotar to the net for the opening goal in the 14th minute.
Rocked by this, the Tipp girls replied with two rapid fire goals within three minutes of each other from Deirdre Hughes, following a great solo run, and Eimear McDonnell.
A third goal from Jill Horan just before the break earned Raymie Ryan's charges a lead of 3-6 to 1-4.
The Cats restarted in style when captain Marie O'Connor crashed home a goal inside the opening minute of the second half.
With Sinéad Millea sending over some fine frees it went all the way to the wire, but in the end it was the determination of Tipperary that proved crucial.
Cumann Camógaiochta na nGael is for evermore etched in the history of Páirc Tailteann as a beautiful plaque was unveiled by Uachtaráin Miriam O'Callaghan on Saturday.
While the day had a festival feel to it the minors of Meath and Antrim battled it out for a place in this year's All-Ireland 'B' final with the Ulster side winning 4-7 to 1-5.
Antrim now meet Roscommon after the Connacht champions defeated Waterford 1-10 to 2-6 thanks to a last minute Elaine Daly pointed free.
SENIOR - Galway 9-26 (AM Hayes 3-6, L Kavanagh 2-1, B Kerins 1-3, O Kilkenny, B Hanny 1-2 each, C Bowes 1-0, Ú Hilary 0-6 (3f), C Kelly, T Maher 0-3 each), Antrim 0-0 .
Tipperary 3-8 (E McDonnell, J Horan 1-2 each, D Hughes 1-0, C Grogan 0-2, E Hayden, N Kennedy 0-1 each) Kilkenny 2-10 (S Millea 0-9 (8f), M O'Connor, C Carey 1-0 each, B Mulally 0-1).
MINOR - Antrim 4-7 (R McCarry 1-4, E Connor, O McCaul 1-1 each, C Dallat 1-0, J Campbell 0-1), Meath 1-5 (K Hacket 1-1, D Wigglesworth 0-3 (2 f, 1 '45'), L Donaghue 0-1).
Roscommon 1-10 (J McDermott 1-1, E Daly 0-3 (1f), C Curley, D Sweeney 0-2 each, N Coyle, S Spillane 0-1 each), Waterford 2-6 (P Jackman 1-1, E Tallon 1-0, V Gaffney 0-2 (2f), Á Breathnach 0-2, K Sutton 0-1).