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GAA: Tipperary Outclass Limerick As Antrim Sneak Past Fermanagh

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 2-14

The premier men came out on top as they outclassed their neighbours in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening with goals from Barry Grogan and Philip Austin securing the win.

The game started brightly and Tipperary assumed control when Grogan found the back of the net. Tipp got a great boost from this early goal which helped them stay clear of Limerick for the first half. The premier county led by 1-7 to 0-6 points at the break.

Tipperary then had the best possible of starts to the second half when Philip Austin found the back of the net for their second goal. It seemed like it was going to be a day to forget for the Limerick footballers as they then conceded a penalty to the Division 4 league champions. Luckily the shot was saved by the Limerick keeper to prevent Tipperary putting the game well beyond the treaty county. Limerick got a little consolation towards the end of the game and put some more respectability on the scoreboard when Eoin Hanrahan converted a late penalty, but it was too little too late for the Shannonsiders. Tipperary now march on to face the might of Cork in the Munster Semi-Final.

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Antrim 2-18 Fermanagh 3-13

Fermanagh went northwards to face Antrim in their opening game of this year’s championship and were literally blown away in the first half as Antrim completely blitzed them in the opening stages of the game.

Antrim shot out of the blocks quickly with an early goal from Brian Neeson, which was followed by ten points, giving them a surprising start to their first game in this year’s championship. Fermanagh soon recovered towards the closing stages of the first half which resulted in them scoring a goal courtesy of Sean Quigley who punched the ball into the net. Despite Fermanagh’s recovery in the last few minutes they were still trailing by five points and hadn’t really reached second gear in the first half.

The second half started slowly as the momentum swung back in Antrim’s favour. A goal by Kevin Niblock pushed the saffrons further ahead as Fermanagh seemed stunned. Antrim began to race ahead, adding several points that seemed to put the game beyond Fermanagh’s reach but their unwillingness to lie down was prominent as they again attempted to comeback in this game. Fermanagh’s fightback was ramped up when both Marty O’Brien and Barry Owens pounced on Antrim’s mistakes to score two quickfire goals. Unfortunately Fermanagh had the clock against them and failed to overturn the result as Antrim march on the Ulster Semi-finals, as Fermanagh try to figure out where they were in the opening half of this game.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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