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GAA: Clare Ease Past Waterford As Royals Thrash Carlow

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Waterford 0-12 Clare 3-11

Clare marched on in Munster after overcoming rivals Waterford at the second time of asking.

The banner county seemed to be on course to win last weekend but a late revival from the deise forced a replay.

Waterford started off the better of the sides and dominated in midfield and assumed the lead in the opening part of the half, despite not really pulling away from Clare. Clare gradually started to get a grip on the game in the middle of the pitch. Good play from Gary Brennan was influential in Clare dominating possession in the latter part of the first half and he would score the banner’s opening goal of the game, which was the main difference between the sides in the opening half. Clare led at the break by 1-6 to 0-6.

Clare pushed on in the second half, determined not to have a repeat of last weekend’s missed opportunities. Brennan was involved in the action once more when his shot came off the post, with his brother Shane on hand to convert the goal and establish a comfortable lead over Waterford.  Waterford seemed to be out of the game for most parts and failed to really threaten Clare.  Rory Donnell made sure there was to be no repeat of this fixture when his shot gave Clare their third goal of the evening. Waterford will now have to look to the All-Ireland Qualifiers for a route to Croke Park.

Leinster Senior Football Championship

Carlow 0-6 Meath 7-13

Meath obliterated Carlow this weekend, bagging seven goals to advance in Leinster.

Carlow opened the scoring but it was Meath that utterly dominated the game, building up a huge lead at the break which included three goals, giving them a comfortable 3-6 to 0-2 point lead. Carlow never really got into this game and they were completely outclassed by the visitors.

The second half saw a lot more scoring as Carlow threw caution to the wind and the flood gates opened as Meath pressed home their advantage and added 4-7 in  a strong display. Meath march on, winning by 7-13 to 0-6 points, but you have to wonder do these sorts of games really benefit them in the long run. Can the royals topple the Dubs in Leinster?

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-14

Monaghan held off Tyrone to advance in Ulster with a thrilling one point victory.

Tyrone started the game well and edged in front, showing a lot more intent in the opening stages of the game with some good early scores coming their way. Monaghan set up rather defensively and were a little off the pace in the opening parts of the first half. Tyrone began to make some errors in their defensive play , which Monaghan failed to capitalise on. Monaghan grew more into the game towards the end of the half and edged in front. Monaghan were left wondering how they missed two good opportunities to score a goal, one of which was a penalty which cannoned back off the post. Nonetheless they led by 0-8 to 0-7 at the break.

Monaghan kept building on their momentum and their sheer physical presence in defence and their work ethic meant they were turning possession over in their favour. Dick Clerkin made a strong run through the Tyrone defence to set up Dermot Malone for the only goal of the game which put some daylight between the sides in Clones. Tyrone attempted to turn the game around in the closing stages but their effort was short of what was required. Monaghan march on into the Ulster semi-finals where they will battle Armagh.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

 

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