Catch up with all the results from the penultimate weekend of the GAA’s preseason competitions.
Mayo were involved in a penalty shootout for the second weekend in succession, but this time they came up short in the tie-breaker against Galway in Tuam. The Tribesmen progressed to the final, winning the shootout 4-2 after 70 minutes of play ended with the teams locked at 1-09 apiece.
Kevin Walsh’s side will take on Roscommon in the decider, who beat Sligo 2-18 to 1-16.
Armagh will face Tyrone in the McKenna Cup final. The Orchard County overcame Donegal by the narrowest of margins in Omagh, winning 0-14 to 1-10. Mickey Harte’s Tyrone side edged Derry 0-14 to 1-08 to set up a final meeting with Kieran McGeeney’s charges.
Clare scooped early season honours in Munster, as they beat Cork 1-09 to 0-09 in Miltown Malbay. It was the Banner’s first title since 2008, as both counties now turn their attentions to the upcoming National Football League Division 2 campaign.
There was also penalty drama in Leinster this weekend, as the O’Byrne Cup semi-final between Dublin and Meath ended all square at 1-12 to 1-12. The experimental Sky Blues side triumphed 3-1 in the shootout, to set up a final showdown with Westmeath, who beat Longford 2-10 to 0-04.
Munster Senior League
Clare made it a hurling-football preseason double by beating Tipperary in the Munster Senior League final on Sunday. Tony Kelly fired 2-03 as the Banner outgunned the Premier 4-19 to 1-18.
A late Joe Canning point from a sideline cut helped Galway beat Dublin 0-21 to 1-17 at Parnell Park. A strong Dublin fightback from seven points down looked likely to ensure the home side would avoid defeat, but the 2017 Hurler of the Year, who came on late as a substitute, held his nerve to seal victory.
Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford side got one over on Kilkenny in Enniscorthy, 0-16 to 0-13, as Paudie Foley hit seven points.
Antrim and Westmeath will face off in the Kehoe Cup decider, after semi-final wins over Kildare and Meath respectively. Meanwhile, Louth beat DCU-St Patrick’s in the Kehoe Shield final.
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