Claire’s struggle will bout her in the semifinals

Claire lost in the face yesterday – six points down with 15 minutes remaining and several of their big names struggling to make an impact. But as a side that refused to allow their season to end, they mightily end up seeing a valiant Wexford challenge.

That ball was in the Claire net inside the opening 30 seconds, as Wexford enjoyed the tonic of the opening goal through Jack O’Connor.

A minute later, Claire coughed for about a second, when Rory Hayes—who (I think) lasted only eight minutes before getting hurt—tried to be too clever in his class, and Conor McDonald’s effort Was lucky to get a wider view.

Wexford debuted in their full-forward line with the twin towers of Lee Chin and McDonald’s and marked Tony Kelly and Ryan Taylor with Shane Rake and Connor DeWitt, respectively. The strategy worked largely because Kelly and Taylor had only a handful of assets between them in the opening three quarters, nor anything remotely similar to the impact they were able to put in the previous games.

Claire’s nervousness was reflected in nothing more than Kelly’s free-taking woes – three misses within the first six minutes – and Peter Dugan was not immune either, drenched with three more opportunities from placed balls.

Claire returned to the game and was tied after 20 minutes. By that stage, Wexford had injured Rory O’Connor, a serious blow to his chances given his scoring ability and importance. After recording just one solitary wide in that opening quarter, Wexford’s radar began to deviate significantly, and they failed to score in the final 10 minutes of the half (five wides in that period) to leave the side level at the break. .

Brian Lohan apparently gave the hairdryer treatment at half-time. But when Claire’s energy levels were looking high and they were out ahead, Lee Chin fired narrowly whenever he could. A minute later a long-range Mark Fanning delivery fell around the square and with a chin swinging at it, the bounce deceived Ibear Quinlivan into Claire’s goal and ended up in the net.

In response, Ian Galvin hit the crossbar, and the match appeared to be taking a turning point when Chin scored at the other end en route to the game.

Six behind with less than 15 minutes on the clock, Claire somehow found another gear. Ryan Taylor and Tony Kelly started motoring and replacements contributed to the run. Banner hit 1-6 without an answer in an eight-minute spell – the break he badly needed for the goal, when Mark Fanning bowled a high ball and Aaron Shanagher scored.

Man of the Match Shane O’Donnell was inspiring when Claire was in greatest need and Shane Meehan and Shanagher contributed 1-4 from play from the bench, with two Kelly Ledgers working between positions.

Credit to Wexford for forcing Claire to go deeper into the well, but they ultimately didn’t have the firepower to score enough on the board. Banner proceeds to take Kilkenny, and it will arguably take more than what they had to do to win, if it were an easy victory.


Galway manager Henry Sheflin celebrates with full back Daithí Burke

In the first game, after a really disappointing first half, Cork and Galway finally delivered the kind of match we expected would be more enjoyable in the second period.

The Rebels must have regretted the opportunities the Thurles left behind in that opening 35 minutes last evening. By half-time he had just got three points from the game, including 12 wide shots and missed three really good goalscoring chances.

Credit to Anna Murphy for her save in Galway’s goal but from a forward’s point of view, I thought the three probably should have been converted. Any championship game that you lose by one point and you look back and these are margins at this stage, especially after getting such a soft target from a throw-in. Patrick Collins was normally reliable enough to take his eyes off the ball for a second and it gave Galway the perfect start.

As bad as the corks were, the tribal half were not much better, but importantly they were more efficient. He shot just four wides with very few chances on goal, and with Conor Whelan on the edge of the square, Galway always had an out ball. He was brilliant to score the crucial second goal. His man Sean O’Donoghue was well positioned, but it looked like he would momentarily lose the flight of the ball and Whelan was able to use all his might and deceit to finish brilliantly from a tight angle. was capable.

The five-point lead was by no means an accurate reflection of how the first half went in terms of possession and opportunities and there is no doubt that Henry Sheflin was thrilled with the position his side found themselves in.

Cork got off to the right start after the break with an opening goal from Shane Kingston after a beautiful pick-up and though he got away with a few extra moves, it was an excellent finish that brought Cork back in it.

Galway, however, scored the next three points, including an unbelievable effort from the sideline by Whelan, and that was very much the story of the game: every time Cork saw him turn, Galway found a way to keep the scoreboard in check. Find it ,

Cork were winning the midfield fight and Luke Meade and Darragh Fitzgibbon scored four points from playing between them for Cork, but had to convert their entire opening full-forward line where Alan Connolly and Connor Lehane made no impact.

Dethy Burke, Jack Grealish and Darren Morrissey were excellent. Burke’s brutal strike on Seamus Harnady with ten minutes remaining was the essence of the attitude in Galway’s last line of defense as the forward looked towards the goal.

Galway had nine different scorers in the second half, which would please Sheflin. But he will also be concerned as he is plotting the downfall of champion Limerick that his side couldn’t manage to get the cork away. Nonetheless, mission accomplished, and they are in the final four.