Waterford’s footballers win, Tipp’s hurlers out of the championship and Diarmuid Connolly closes in on a move to Boston, let’s take a look at this week in GAA.
Tipperary Out Of The Championship In Early June
The end of the road for the Tipperary hurlers as defeat to Clare in Semple Stadium on Sunday meant that Michael Ryan’s men crashed out of the championship earlier than they’ve departed in the last 20 years.
Four games and no victories in an abysmal campaign for Tipp, sees their season come to an unexpectedly early end, a real blow for Ryan’s side who reached last season’s All Ireland semi-finals narrowly losing out to eventual winners Galway.
Tipp were second best against The Banner in Thurles, as Clare forward, Shane Duggan scored an impressive 15 points to help his side to a two-point win.
Despite the defeat, Tipperary county board have announced that they will stick by manager Michael Ryan but it could be a long summer for The Premier County.
Waterford Footballers Win First Championship Game Since 2011
A historic day at Innovate Wexford Park as Waterford footballers won their first championship game for the first time in seven years, defeating near neighbours Wexford on Saturday.
The Deise were going into this game as big underdogs, but three goals from Joe Allen, Shane Ryan and JJ Hutchinson, helped Waterford overcome their rivals, even after a late goal from Wexford’s Naomhan Rossiter almost sparked a purple and yellow revival.
The Waterford manager paid tribute to his players following the game claiming they “don’t do media bans, drink bans and we’re definitely going to enjoy it tonight.”
Speaking to RTE Sport, McGlinchey said: “it’s fantastic, it’s great for the players to get this reward.”
Waterford’s reward for their victory is a clash with Monaghan at Fraher Field in the next round of the qualifiers.
A Halt To Carlow’s Rise
After a memorable Leinster campaign which saw the whole of the county get behind them, Carlow’s rise came to a halt with a semi-final defeat to Laois at Croke Park on Sunday.
Carlow were chasing their first Leinster final since 1944 but came up just short against a stern Laois outfit who will now meet reigning champions Dublin in the Leinster final. They shot six wides and had their counter-attacking style contained by John Sugrue’s men who went onto win the game 0-12 to 0-08.
The season, however, is not over for Turlough O’Brien’s team who face a tough tie with Tyrone in the second round of the qualifiers on June 23rd. The rise has halted but it hasn’t stopped just yet.
Mass Brawl Mars Tyrone vs Armagh U20s Clash
During the Ulster, U20s semi-final between Armagh and Tyrone, a huge brawl ensued between both sets of players resulting in four red cards.
Following two periods of extra time the home side, Armagh, eventually won the game, 2-22 to 0-24 but the clash between the two sides cast a cloud over what was a very entertaining tie.
The game was level at 2-13 to 0-19 midway through extra time, with the brawl taking place late in the second period.
Armagh’s Ryan Owens and goalscorer McDonnell for Tyrone, along with Red Hands pair Tiarnan Drayne and Jude Campbell were all sent off for their involvement in the incident.
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Diarmuid Connolly Edges Closer and Closer To Boston Move
The Inishowen Independent reported on Tuesday that Diarmuid Connolly is close to a move to Boston Donegal.
The deal has not been announced yet but should the cross Atlantic transfer go ahead, Connolly will not be permitted to line out for Dublin in the remainder of the championship but he would be allowed to return to championship action for St.Vincent’s when club hurling and football resumes in September.
The 31-year old has only featured for the county once this year in their Division 1 win over Mayo in Castlebar in February when he came on as a substitute for Ciarán Kilkenny.
Former Donegal footballer Kevin Cassidy, who played for Donegal Boston, said this week that he believes Connolly will be a marked man once he makes the move stateside.
“I hope he is well enough protected because the last thing we want to see is somebody dangerously fouling him or making a reckless tackle. Diarmuid is big enough to handle it but there will be a good bit of it coming his way.”