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GAA: Tipperary Run Riot While Laois Edge Through

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers

Tipperary 2-17 Longford 0-6

Tipperary continued their march to Croker with a comprehensive win over Longford, who failed to reproduce the form that saw them edge past Derry.

Tipperary got off to the best possible of starts when Michael Quinlivan finished to the net after some good play from George Hannigan. Tipperary were in control and extended their lead to 1-8 to 0-4 at the break. The second half was really all about Tipperary with a second goal being fisted to the net by Peter Acheson giving them a very comprehensive lead as it dawned on Longford that they had no way back. Longford will be very disappointed as they really failed to turn up and play to their best, but they were never really in this game from the start. Tipperary on the other hand have improved and with members of  their All-Ireland winning minor team of 2011 now on the panel they are a force to be reckoned with. Tipperary big winners here by 2-17 to 0-6.

Limerick 3-11 Antrim 0-15

Limerick followed near neighbours Tipperary into the next round of the qualifiers as they disposed of Antrim on Shannonside. Two late penalties proved to be crucial in winning of the game as Ger Collins scored both to see the treaty county progress.

Antrim dominated the first half which was played at a very slow and poor pace by both sides. It was point for point for most of this half with frees giving both sides the majority of their scores. Antrim were reliant on scores from Paddy Cunningham to keep them in front at half time by 0-8 to 0-6.

Limerick were not going to lie down and kept in touch with Antrim in the early part of the second half, with some good scores from Ian Ryan. Limerick piled on the pressure on and were awarded their first penalty when Collins was taken down in the box. He dusted himself off before stepping up to convert the spot kick. Limerick began to pull away as Collins converted a second penalty, effectively sounding the end of the Antrim challenge. Limerick put the icing on the cake when Darragh Tracey made sure of victory with a third goal for them in injury time. Limerick advance to the next round with a solid victory by 3-11 to 0-15.

Wicklow 0-10 Sligo 0-12

Sligo narrowly edged out Wicklow to advance this past weekend.

Sligo were much the better side in the opening half with some good scores coming from Adrian Marren and Charlie Harrison. Sligo had a strong foothold on possession around the middle of the field, an improvement on the flaw which saw them succumb to Galway in the Connacht Championship. Sligo with possession in their grasp were going to get scores more easily than the garden county and so they did with further scores from David Kelly and Marren giving them a 0-8 point to 0-6 lead at the interval.

The second half of this game saw both sides produce some awful attempts on goal which resulted in a huge amount of wides. Sligo maintained their lead throughout the second half and advance to the next round winning by 0-12 to 0-10. Sligo will certainly have to bring their shooting boots for the full 70 minutes if they are to avoid being knocked out in the next round.

Wexford 0-17 Laois 0-18

Laois knocked out Leinster rivals with a slender one point victory to see them take one step further along the road to glory.

Both sides were level for most of the opening minutes of the game but Wexford pushed in front with some good scores from James Holmes and Ben Brosnan. However after this the game went into a dull period where neither side really looked like penetrating each other’s defence. Laois gradually got a foothold on the game and levelled matters soon after this with good scores from John O’Loughlin. Laois and Wexford were practically deadlocked at half time, with a single point from Damien O’Connor giving the midland county the lead.

Wexford resumed control in the second half with good scores from PJ Banville and Ciaran Lyng. Wexford were keeping their noses in front and it looked like they had they game won, but Laois had their own ideas and a late surge in the dying few minutes of the game resulted in Niall Donoher getting the vital score to give Laois an unlikely victory.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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