Gaelic Football Round-Up
They were many big local rivalries renewed around the provinces at the weekend as the Senior Football Championships continued with matches in Leinster, Connacht, Ulster and Munster all down for decision.
In Leinster Dublin defeated Laois at Croke Park with an impressive 2-13 of their 2-21 tally coming after the restart. Second half goals from Diarmuid Connolly and Michael Dara Macauley overturned Laois two-point half-time lead as Dublin head for the semi-finals.
Kildare are also into the Semi-Finals after a big, 1-22 to 1-07 victory over Louth. Cathal McNally hit the net for Kildare after a quarter of an hour and Kildare went on to dominate with their opponents only scoring 1-02 in the second half.
Wexford also sealed a final four place after two late-late points, one each from Ciarán Lyng and Kevin O’Regan, were enough to get a 1-15 to 1-13 win over Longford.
2013 All-Ireland finalists Mayo survived a scare from Roscommon to claim a single point win, 0-13 to 1-09, in the Connacht football championship semi-final.
In a low-scoring game Mayo lead by 0-04 to 0-03 at half-time. Ten minutes after the break Roscommon got the only goal of the game through Ciarán Cafferkey to take the lead.
In a lively end to end encounter Mayo retook the lead in the closing stages, and survived a late Roscommon goal scare to make another Connacht Final.
Armagh put in a strong performance to beat Cavan at home on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-09. The hosts lead by three points at the break, with six of the seven first half scores being from placed balls.
Armagh hit 1-07 in the second half to secure a Semi-Final spot.
Clare and Waterford played out a 2-08 a-piece draw in the Munster SFC. The Banner were 1-05 to 1-02 to the good at the break in a tightly contested game. Waterford kept up with their hosts in the second half before a Liam O Lonain goal levelled in it.
David Tubridy responded with a goal in return for Clare but three late points insured the game go to a replay.