GAA in brief
Injury forces abandonment (Abandoned on 73 mins) : Carlow 0-13 Offaly 1-10
THIS senior hurling final was abandoned three minutes into extra-time when Offaly player David Kenny sustained an injury after appearing to fall awkwardly.
The Belmont clubman lay on the pitch for a number of minutes where he was treated by Carlow team doctor Tom Foley and was removed by emergency ambulance to St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny, having been placed in a neck brace.
The game itself was a very tight, competitive affair all through with Carlow looking set for a shock win over a strong Offaly side when leading 0-13 to 1-7 with 10 minutes remaining. Two Offaly points sent the game into extra-time, then came its unfortunate conclusion.
Scorers -- Carlow: P Kehoe 0-4, (3f), D Kavanagh 0-3, E Byrne 0-2, M Brennan, H P O'Byrne, C Doyle, F Dunbar (f) 0-1 each. Offaly: B Carroll 1-4 (2f), J Bergin 0-3, (1f), C Parlon, S Dooley, D Currams 0-1 each
Forde cracker inspires Pat's
St Pat's, Navan 5-17
St Peter's, Wexford 0-6
ST Pat's of Navan, the reigning Leinster senior 'A' football champions, made light work of the challenge from St Peter's of Wexford, running out eventual winners by 26 points in this lopsided provincial quarter-final at the Eire Og grounds in Carlow yesterday.
By the ninth minute a cracking goal from Alan Forde had the Meath lads 1-5 to 0-1 ahead and the signs were ominous for Peter's. The game continued in the same fashion, and, in truth, it was all too easy for this talented St Pat's outfit.
Scorers -- St Pat's: A Forde 2-3, C Smith 0-6 (4f), N O'Brien 1-2, C Sheridan 1-1, D Regan 1-0, C Fitzimons 0-2, B Dardis, R O'Coileán, F McEntee 0-1 each. St Peter's: R Clarke 0-4 (4f), J O'Dowd, K Whelan 0-1 each
Goals see Cats ease past Cork
Kilkenny brushed aside a spirited Cork side at Mourneabbey yesterday.
Goals from Liam Mackey, Lee Kinsella and Denis Lennon proved to be the difference on the day as the Cats booked their spot in the last two with plenty to spare. Last year's runners-up made light of the wet and windy conditions as they rattled off a selection of impressive scores throughout the 60 minutes.
Scorers -- Kilkenny: L Hickey, L Kinsella, D Lennon 1-1 each; C Martin 0-4 (2f), J Tobin, W Brennan, C Walsh 0-1 each. Cork: M Howard 0-5 (4f), J Corkery, M Sugrue 0-2 each; L O'Neill, M Vaughan 0-1 each
A late flourish, which saw Tipperary bag 1-4 without reply in the closing five minutes, ensured a hard-earned victory over a battling Galway side in a hotly contested All-Ireland VS SHC semi-final at a rain-soaked Nenagh yesterday.
Scorers -- Tipperary: E Ryan 1-6 (5f), T Cleary 1-3, N O'Meara 0-4, T Heffernan 0-3, J Samson 0-1. Galway: K Cullinane 0-4, P Flaherty 0-3, D Burke 0-3 (1 '65'); C O'Shea 1-0, K Killilea, S Sweeney 0-2 each
Royals make it five in a row
Meath made better use of fewer chances to see of Wicklow yesterday and make it five titles in a row.
Wicklow enjoyed the greater share of the attacking football in this match, but paid the price for not putting their chances away.
Scorers -- Meath: B Davis 0-3 (1f), B McMahon, R Farrelly 0-2 each, A Ennis (1f), D Donnellan (1f), S McEntee 0-1 each. Wicklow: T Smith 0-6 (3f), Paddy Crowley 0-2
Déise nous key to success
EXPERIENCE was a factor as a more mature Waterford side retained the Waterford Crystal Cup with victory over Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.
Featuring more household names than the experimental side on display for their opponents, the Déise never trailed after the 15th minute of this clash, as the Rebels forward division struggled, with the exception of the brilliant Conor Lehane.
Scorers -- Waterford: R Foley 0-10 (7f, 1 '65'), S Prendergast 0-3, S Casey, E Murphy 0-2 each, S O'Sullivan, C Ryan, G Crotty, P Mahony 0-1 each. Cork: C Lehane 0-7, C McCarthy 0-4 (1f), B Cooper 0-2, C Joyce, R Ryan, E Murphy (1f) 0-1 each
St Michael's 1-9
St Macartan's 1-7
Scorers -- St Michaels, Enniskillen: R Hyde 1-0, R Donnelly 0-2, S Quigley 0-2, R Corrigan 0-1, JJ Strain, B Owens, K Connor 0-1 each. St Macartan's, Monaghan: M Boyce 1-1, S Carey 0-3, C McKenna 0-2, R McKenna 0-1
St Pat's, Dungannon 3-12
St Pat's, Armagh 1-9
Scorers -- Dungannon scorers: L Gervin 1-5, H Og Conlon 2-1, R Devlin 0-3, D Quinn 0-2, R Jones 0-1. Armagh: T Murphy 0-4, J McLaughlin 1-0, C McNally 0-2, P McGeown 0-2, C Mac Iomhair 0-1
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