Dublin to meet Kildare in O'Byrne final
GAA round-up:Dublin will meet Kildare in the O’Byrne Cup final after seeing off the challenge of Aidan O’Rourke’s Louth in Drogheda this afternoon. Jim Gavin’s men put last week’s defeat to Wicklow behind them with a resounding 17-point win in which Bernard Brogan scored 2-07.
Brogan got both his goals early and they were added to before halftime by Emmet O’Conghaile and Paul Hudson.
The Dubs led 4-08 to 0-07 at the break and their path to next weekend’s final was a formality at that stage.
In Tullamore, it was closer between Kildareand Offalybut the Lilywhites won out by three points in the end after Niall McNamee missed a late penalty for Offaly.
Seánie Johnston scored seven of Kildare’s nine points.
Tipperaryneeded extra-time to beat Waterfordand their reward will be McGrath Cup final meeting with Kerry, who beat Limerickby 3-17 to 1-11 at Fitzgerald Stadium.
The Kingdom hit the net through Darran O'Sullivan and a double for James O'Donoghue, while Darragh Treacy notched Limerick’s goal.
Tipp had Barry Grogan to thank for booking their final berth after his extra-time goal edged out a resilient Waterford side at Seán Treacy Park.
Monaghanwill meet Tyrone in the McKenna Cup final after a two-point win over Downat the Armagh Gaelic Grounds.
Two injury-time points by Darren Hughes proved the difference for Monaghan in a match that saw Keith Quinn (Down) and Karl O’Connell (Monaghan) sent off for two yellow cards each.
In the late game in Armagh, Tyroneproved too strong for Fermanagh. They raced into a five-point lead at the break, thanks largely to a Plunkett Kane goal, and built on it after the restart for a 2-09 to 0-07 win.
Mark Donnelly scored the second goal in injury time.
O'Byrne Cup Semi-Finals
Louth 0-10 Dublin 4-15
Offaly 1-9 Kildare 1-12
McGrath Cup Semi-Finals
Kerry 3-17 Limerick 1-11
Tipperary 1-12 Waterford 2-8 (AET).
McKenna Cup Semi-Finals
Monaghan 1-12 Down 0-13
Tyrone 2-09 Fermanagh 0-07
Sligo 0-9 Galway 1-4
NUI Galway 0-13 IT Sligo 0-15
Leitrim 0-10 GMIT 1-6
Mayo 0-10 Roscommon 1-7
Wexford 1-29 DIT 2-19 (AET)
Westmeath 0-15 NUIG 3-15
Carlow 1-17 Antrim 0-10
Laois 1-11 UCD 0-15
Waterford Crystal Cup
Waterford 0-18 UL 1-20
Kerry 6-17 IT Tralee 0-12