Limerick first to reach provincial final

June 08, 2010
Limerick are the first county through to the GAA provincial football finals, having beaten Waterford last Sunday to qualify for the Munster GAA Football Championship Final for the second successive year. They will meet the winners of Cork v Kerry who replay their semi-final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh next Sunday.

The three remaining places in the provincial semi-finals will be decided next weekend with Cavan taking on Fermanagh in Ulster on Saturday evening while there's a Leinster double header in Croke Park on Sunday. The sixteen teams who will compete in the first round of the GAA Football All-Ireland qualifiers on June 26 will also be finalised next weekend.

The full weekend line-up is as follows:
• Ulster GAA Football Championship Quarter-final: Cavan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, 5.15pm (Live on RTE).

• Leinster GAA Football Championship Quarter-finals: Laois v Meath, 2.00pm; Dublin v Wexford, 4.00pm, Croke Park (Live on TV3).
• Munster GAA Football Championship Semi-final replay: Cork v Kerry, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 2.00pm (Live on RTE).

They meet for the second successive year. Cavan won by a point last year (0- 13 to 1-9) in a game where Seanie Johnston scored 0-5 and Martin Reilly 0-4 for the winners. Cavan last reached the Ulster semi-final in 2005 while Fermanagh last reached it in 2008.

The sides met in Division III of the Allianz GAA Football National League on April 11 last with Cavan winning by 0-11 to 0-7 in Kingspan Breffni Park. Cavan led by a point at half-time and went on to win by four points on a day when both sides were very wasteful. Cavan shot 19 wides while Fermanagh kicked 12.

Overall, Cavan had a better run in Division 3, winning four of seven games to finish in fourth place whereas Fermanagh were relegated after finishing last, having won only one of seven games. Next Saturday's winners will play Monaghan in the Ulster GAA Football Championship Semi-final on June 27.

2009: Cavan 0-13 Fermanagh 1-9 (Ulster quarter-final)
2003: Fermanagh 0-16 Cavan 1-10 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
1998: Cavan 0-13 Fermanagh 0-11 (Ulster quarter-final)
1997: Cavan 0-14 Fermanagh 0-11 (Ulster quarter-final) Replay
1997: Cavan 1-12 Fermanagh 1-12 (Ulster quarter-final)

Will Dublin continue their championship dominance over Wexford or will the men from the south east record a senior championship win over their city rivals for the first time since 1956?

It's all of 54 years since Wexford last beat Dublin in the Leinster GAA Football Championship, winning a semi-final in Carlow by 2-7 to 0-7 in front of 18,000 spectators. The most recent clash between the counties was two years ago when Dublin easily won the Leinster GAA Football Championship Final (3-23 to 0-9).

Conal Keaney (0-6), Diarmuid Connolly (1-3), Alan Brogan (1-3), 'Mossy' Quinn (0-5) led the scoring rampage for Dublin who are now chasing their sixth successive Leinster title. They last achieved that feat in 1974-79. Dublin finished third in Division I of this year's Allianz GAA Football National League after winning five of seven games while Wexford finished third in Division 3, also with five wins from seven games. The winners will play Meath or Laois in the semi-final on June 27.

2008: Dublin 3-23 Wexford 0-9
2005: Dublin 1-17 Wexford 2-10
2002: Dublin 0-15 Wexford 1-10
2000: Dublin 2-20 Wexford 1-8
1993: Dublin 0-11 Wexford 0-7

Laois won the last two championship clashes between the sides in 2006 and 2004, leaving Meath chasing their first win over the Midlanders since 2002. Laois are having their first outing in this year's campaign but Meath already have a victory behind them, having beaten Offaly by 1-20 to 2-7 in the first round.

Cian Ward scored 0-8 (0-7 frees) for Meath while Joe Sheridan (1-3) and Shane O'Rourke (0-4) were also in good scoring form. The sides met in Division II of the Allianz GAA Football National League on March 21 with Meath edging home by a point (0-13 to 1-9) in Navan. Meath finished in fourth place on the table with four wins, one place ahead of Laois who had three wins.

Laois are seeking a place in the semi-final for an 8th successive years while Meath are bidding to reach the last four for the first time since 2004. The winners play Dublin or Wexford in the semi-final on June 27.

2006: Laois 2-13 Meath 0-13 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2004: Laois 1-13 Meath 0-9 (Leinster semi-final)
2002: Meath 1-15 Laois 0-7 (All-Ireland qualifier: R3)
1996: Meath 2-14 Laois 1-9 (Leinster semi-final)
1994: Meath 0-20 Laois 2-10 (Leinster quarter-final)

So then, for the fifth time since 2002, Cork and Kerry meet in a championship replay after drawing 0-15 each in Killarney last Sunday. Kerry beat Cork in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-final replay in Croke Park in 2008 but Cork won all three Munster GAA Football Championship replays since 2002. All three were in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, leaving Kerry seeking their first replay victory in Cork since 1976 when they won a Munster final replay after extra time.

Next Saturday's clash will be the 21st meeting between Cork and Kerry since 2000 with the score from the previous 20 standing as follows:
Kerry 11, Cork 4, Draws 5.

Previous Championship Replays
2009: Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12, Páirc Uí Chaoimh (Munster Semi-final).
2008: Kerry 2-14 Cork 1-13, Croke Park (All-Ireland Semi-final).
2006: Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-9, Páirc Uí Chaoimh (Munster Semi-final)
2002: Cork 0-15 Kerry 1-9, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, (Munster Semi-final)
1987: Cork 0-13 Kerry 1-5, Killarney (Munster Final)
1982: Kerry 2-18 Cork 0-12, Killarney (Munster Final)
1976: Kerry 3-20 Cork 2-19, Páirc Uí Chaoimh (Munster Final) After extra-time.
1961: Kerry 2-13 Cork 1-4, Killarney (Munster Final)
1956: Cork 1-8 Kerry 1-7, Killarney (Munster Final)
1943: Cork 1-5 Kerry 1-4, Cork Athletic Grounds (Munster Semi-final)
1909: Kerry 1-5 Cork 0-6, Cork Athletic Grounds (Munster Final)*
1901: Cork 0-8 Kerry 0-6, Millstreet (Munster Quarter-final)*
1890: Cork 1-4 Kerry 0-1, Banteer (Munster final)*
*Arising from abandonments or objections

May 2: Quarter-final: Galway 2-13 New York 0-12, Gaelic Park.
May 30: Quarter-final: Roscommon 0-14 London 0-6 Ruislip.
June 5: Quarter-final: Sligo 0-15 Mayo 1-8, Markievicz Park.
June 20: Semi-final: Roscommon v Leitrim, Dr.Hyde Park.
June 27: Semi-final: Galway v Sligo, Pearse Stadium.
July 18: Final

May 16: First Round: Wicklow 3-13 Carlow 0-12, Portlaoise.
May 23: First Round: Meath 1-20 Offaly, 2-7; Portlaoise; Louth 1-11 Longford 1-7, Portlaoise.
June 5: Quarter-final: Louth 1-22 Kildare 1-16, Navan.
June 6: Quarter-final: Westmeath 0-15 Wicklow 1-11, Tullamore.
Next Sunday: Quarter-finals: Laois v Meath; Dublin v Wexford. Both in Croke Park.
June 26: Semi-final: Louth v Westmeath.
June 27: Dublin/Wexford v Laois/Meath, Croke Park.
July 11: Final, Croke Park.

May 16: Quarter-final: Kerry 2-18 Tipperary 2-6, Thurles.
May 23: Quarter-final: Waterford 1-10 Clare 0-9, Dungarvan.
June 6: Semi-finals: Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-15, Killarney; Limerick 1-17 Waterford 1-9, Dungarvan.
Next Sunday: Semi-final replay: Cork v Kerry, Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
July 4: Final: Limerick v Cork/Kerry

May 16: First Round: Armagh 1-10 Derry 1-7, Celtic Park.
May 23: Quarter-final: Tyrone 2-14 Antrim 1-13, Casement Park.
May 30: Quarter-final: Down 1-15 Donegal 2-10 (After extra-time), Ballybofey.
June 6: Quarter-final: Monaghan 1-18 Armagh 0-9, Casement Park.
Next Saturday: Quarter-final: Cavan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park.
June 19: Semi-final: Tyrone v Down.
June 27: Cavan/Fermanagh v Monaghan.
July 18: Final.

June 26: Qualifiers Round 1: Those involved: 16 teams who didn't reach
provincial semi-finals.
Counties already there: Carlow, Offaly, Longford, Kildare, Wicklow, Derry, Antrim, Donegal, Armagh, Tipperary, Clare, London, Mayo. Those thirteen will be joined by the three losers from Cavan v Fermanagh, Laois v Meath, Dublin v Wexford.
July 10: Qualifiers Round 2: Eight first round winners v eight defeated provincial semi-finalists. Waterford are the only team in round two so far.
July 17: Qualifiers Round 3: Round 2 winners play off against each other in four games.
July 24: Qualifiers Round 4: Round 3 winners v beaten provincial finalists.
July 31/August 1/2/3: All-Ireland Quarter-finals.
August 22: All-Ireland Semi-final, Croke Park.
August 29: All-Ireland Semi-final, Croke Park.
September 19: All-Ireland Final, Croke Park.

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