Galway and Kerry to meet in the final

 

Galway and Kerry will contest the National Football League Division One final after both convinced in semi-final wins over Mayo and Laois respectively.

Galway were first in after they saw their way past old rivals Mayo in a game played in front of a crowd of 10,000.

Mayo failed to find the scoring power that has graced their season so far and instead it was the Tribesmen who took their chances through captain Padraig Joyce, Michael Meehan, Derek Savage and Michael Comer for a commanding halftime lead of 1-06 to 0-03.

Mayo claimed the first two scores of the second half, while Austin O'Malley's goal on the hour made for a tense finish. But points from Joyce and Michael Donnellan saw Galway comfortably through to the final.

In Killarney the home fans were buoyant mood after they saw their sides best performance this season.

Ross Munnelly and Colm Kelly gave Laois an early two point advantage but the homeside took control from there on in, gaining the edge in almost every department. 

A goal of typical quality from Colm 'Gooch' Cooper helped give Kerry a six point advantage at the break, and despite playing with the wind in the second period that was the way it continued for Laois.

Kerry pointed twice early in the second to put the game out of their reach.

The Kingdom and the Tribesmen will meet next Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Tipperary will meet either Limerick in the National Hurling League Division One semi-final after emerging victorious from their quarter-final clash with Offaly at Semple Stadium.

Tipp came out on top in an end to end game that saw a late rally from Offaly sparked by a 54th minute goal from Alan Egan.

Babs Keating's side struck back straight away however with a point from Colm Morrisey.  Points from Ken Dunne, Michael Webster  and John O'Brien then gave Tipperary some breathing space.

Dunne added the last for a final scoreline of 2-21 to 3-14 and spot in the semis.

In the second semi-final at the same ground Limerick were comfortable winners over Waterford by seven points. 

A low scoring first half, at the end of which Limerick led by one point, was followed by a more free flowing second. 

Waterford briefly edged into the lead but were shell-shocked by a nine point scoring flurry from their opponents which effectively ended the contest.

Limerick goalkeeper Brian Murray also played his part with a penalty save from Paul Flynn.

Dublin will meet either Kerry or Mayo in the National Hurling League Division Two final after seeing off the challenge of Westmeath at Pairc Tailteann.

Kevin Flynn found the net for the Dubs six minutes into the second half on his way to a personal haul of 1-02, while David Curtin scored seven points.

Andrew Mitchell matched that tally for Westmeath but Dublin were not to be caught having lead by 0-10 to 0-06 at halftime.

Dublin's opponents will be decided next Sunday.

Today's Results

NFL Div 1 semi-final
Galway 1-11 Mayo 1-06
Tipperary 2-21 Offaly 3-14

NHL Div 1 quarter-finals
Offaly 3-14 Tipperary 2-21
Waterford 0-14 Limerick 0-21

NHL Div 1 semi-finals
Dublin 1-15 Westmeath 0-11
Wicklow 3-6 Kildare 2-20

NHL Div 3 semi-finals
Donegal 1-09 Longford 0-13
Armagh 3-13 Louth 0-08