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Dublin: 13 °C Friday 25 July, 2014

As it happened: GAA club championship action

Revisit our live coverage of all of today’s crucial GAA club matches.

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Leinster Club SFC quarter-final:  Mullingar Shamrocks 0-7 Ballymun Kickhams 2-13 (FT)

Leinster Club SFC quarter-final: Emmett Óg Killoe  2-13 Navan O’Mahony’s 0-8 (FT)

Leinster Club SFC quarter-final: Sarsfields 1-12 St Patrick’s 2-6 (FT)

Leinster Club SFC quarter-final: St Patrick’s  0-4 Portlaoise 3-15 (FT)

Munster Club SHC semi-final: De La Salle 1-10 Newmarket-On-Fergus 0-10 (FT)

Munster Club SHC semi-final: Thurles Sarsfields 2-20 Sarsfields 2-15 (FT)

Connacht Club SFC semi-final: Ballaghaderreen 1-15 Curry 1-7 (FT)

Connacht Club SFC semi-final - Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-8 St Brigid’s 0-15 (FT)

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final: Crossmaglen Rangers 3-11 St Eunan’s 1-7 (FT)

Kilkenny SHC final – Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-16 Dicksboro 0-12 (FT)

13.56 – Hello, and welcome to this afternoon’s liveblog. Below are details of all the games we’ll be covering today:

Connacht Club SFC semi-finals

Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway) v St Brigid’s (Roscommon), Pearse Stadium, 2.30pm, (Ref: Michael Duffy, Sligo)

Ballaghaderreen (Mayo) v Curry (Sligo), Elverys McHale Park,  Castlebar, 2.30pm, (Ref: Eamon O’Grady, Leitrim).

Leinster Club SFC quarter-finals

St Patrick’s (Wicklow) v Portlaoise (Laois), Aughrim, 2.30pm, (Ref: David Gough, Meath)

Emmett Óg Killoe (Longford) v Navan O’Mahony’s (Meath), Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford, 2.30pm, (Ref: Fergal Kelly, Longford)

Sarsfields (Kildare) v St Patrick’s (Louth), St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 2.30pm, (Ref: Fergal Kelly, Longford)

Mullingar Shamrocks (Westmeath) v Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin), Cusack Park, Mullingar, 2pm, (Ref: Fergal Barry, Kildare)

Kilkenny SHC final

Ballyhale Shamrocks v Dicksboro, Ballyhale Shamrocks, Nowlan Park, 2.30pm, (Ref: Gavin Quilty, Kilkenny)

Munster Club SHC semi-finals

Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) v Sarsfields (Cork), Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2.30pm, (Ref: Michael Wadding, Waterford).

Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) v De La Salle (Waterford), Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm, (Ref: Johnny Ryan, Tipperary)

Ulster Club SFC quarter-final

Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) v St Eunan’s (Letterkenny), Morgan Athletic Grounds, 2.30pm, (Ref: Michael Higgins, Fermanagh).

14.06 – The first points of the day go to Ballymun Kickhams, who lead Mullingar 0-2 to 0-0. Incidentally, you can read what is probably the only poem ever dedicated to the club here, for those who are interested.

Elsewhere, the Newmarket and De la Salle game is also underway.

14.14Munster Club SHC semi-final latest: Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) 0-1 0-2 De La Salle (Waterford) – John Mullane has given De La Salle the lead against Newmarket, after Colin Ryan brought the sides level.

Newmarket are bidding to reach their first Munster title since 1968.

14.16Leinster Club SFC quarter-finals latest: Mullingar Shamrocks (Westmeath) 0-0 Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) 1-4 – Davey Byrne has scored the contest’s first goal, in a game which Ballymun already appear to be running away with.

14.24 – If you’re looking to follow the game between Thurles Sarsfields and Sarsfields, my colleague Fintan O’Toole is liveblogging it here.

14.28Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) 0-05 De La Salle (Waterford) 0-07 Another Colin Ryan point from a 65 has kept the scores close between Newmarket-on-Fergus and De La Salle.

There’s been 21 minutes played so far in that game.

14.32Mullingar Shamrocks (Westmeath) 0-2 Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) 1-6 Dean Rock – who is the son of ex-Westmeath manager Barney – is having a good day. He’s scored 0-5, as Ballymun still hold a comprehensive lead over their opponents.

14.38HALF-TIME: Leinster Club SFC quarter-finals latest:  Shamrocks (Westmeath) 0-3 Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) 1-7 – It’s happy days as far as Paul Curran’s side are concerned, as they look destined for a semi-final spot, owing to the seven-point lead which they currently hold.

14.43Ulster Club SFC quarter-final latest: Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 0-1 St Eunan’s (Letterkenny) 0-1 – Conal Dunne’s well-taken point has levelled the scores, after what has been a cagey opening five minutes, as St Eunan’s go straight back to business following their Donegal county final win last week.

14.49Ulster Club SFC quarter-final latest: Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 1-1 St Eunan’s (Letterkenny) 0-4: Kyle Carragher has fisted it into the net to help his side establish a narrow lead with 13 minutes played.

14.52HALF-TIME: Leinster Club SFC quarter-finals latest:  Shamrocks (Westmeath) 0-3 Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) 2-7: A Ted Furman goal appears to have sealed victory for Ballymun.

14.55Connacht Club SFC semi-final latest Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway) 0-3 St Brigid’s (Roscommon) 0-4 - It’s a tight game at Pearse Stadium, where St Brigid’s currently lead by the slimmest of margins with 25 minutes played.

14.59Munster Club SHC semi-finals latest Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) 0-8 De La Salle (Waterford) 0-9: John Mullane has just given his side the lead well into the second half.

15.03Leinster Club SFC quarter-finals latest: St Patrick’s (Wicklow) 0-0 Portlaoise (Laois) 2-6 - A Tommy Fitzgerald goal has given his side a seemingly insurmountable lead in Aughrim.

15.07HALF-TIME: Leinster Club SFC quarter-finals latest: Emmett Óg Killoe (Longford) 0-4 Navan O’Mahony’s (Meath) 0-7 – There’s not much between the two sides after the opening half.

15.09HALF-TIME: Leinster Club SFC quarter-final: Sarsfields 0-7 St Patrick’s 1-2: Two point lead for the Kildare champions at the break in Newbridge with their Wicklow opponents having been reduced to 14 men.

15.10Kilkenny SHC final latest: Shamrocks 0-9 Dicksboro 0-7 – There’s been much drama in the first half at Nowlan Park, with Henry Shefflin missing not one, but two penalties.

15.10Munster Club SHC semi-final: De La Salle 0-10 Newmarket-On-Fergus 0-9: Latest – Time running out in Sixmilebridge with De La Salle still just ahead on the scoreboard.

15.13Munster Club SHC semi-final: De La Salle 0-10 Newmarket-On-Fergus 0-10: Latest – Mike McInerney levels the game with a point for the Clare champions.

15.18Leinster Club SFC quarter-finals Full-time:  Shamrocks 0-7 Ballymun Kickhams 2-13 - It’s over at Cusack Park, and Ballymun have earned a place in the semi-finals, with goals from Ted Furman and Davey Byrne helping them on their way.

Munster Club SHC semi-final full-time: De La Salle 1-10 Newmarket-On-Fergus 0-10: A last-minute goal from John Keane has sealed it for the Waterford side.

15.27Connacht Club SFC semi-finals latest: Ballaghaderreen (Mayo) 1-10 Curry (Sligo) 1-5: A Barry Regan free has added to the Mayo side’s lead. Meanwhile, John Feeney has been sent off for Curry.

15.33Connacht Club SFC semi-final latest: Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-7 St Brigid’s 0-11 – St Brigid’s maintain their lead at Pearse Stadium.

15.37Kilkenny SHC final: Shamrocks 0-14 Dicksboro 0-8 – With a few minutes to play at Nowlan Park, Ballyhale appear to be on the verge of lifting the trophy.

15.41Leinster Club SFC quarter-finals latest: Emmett Óg Killoe  2-9 Navan O’Mahony’s 0-6 – The Longford side are well in control at Pearse Park. Barring a miracle, they’re set for a place in the semis.

15.43Ulster Club SFC quarter-final latest: Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 2-10 St Eunan’s (Letterkenny) 1-5 – Eunan’s goalkeeper John Paul Clarke has pulled off an excellent save, though it’s not likely to make a big difference to the outcome.

15.46Connacht Club SFC semi-final latest: Ballaghaderreen 1-15 v Curry 1-7 - Barry Regan has just scored his eight point of the afternoon from a free.

And as I type, the final whistle blows.

15.51Ulster Club SFC quarter-final latest: Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 3-11 St Eunan’s (Letterkenny) 1-7 An excellent Jamie Clarke strike into the top corner of the net has effectively sealed victory for his side after 60 minutes.

15.54FULL-TIME Kilkenny SHC final – Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-16 Dicksboro 0-12 Ballyhale are the Kilkenny champions!

15.58FULL-TIME: Leinster Club SFC quarter-final: Emmett Óg Killoe  2-13 Navan O’Mahony’s 0-8 – The Longford side have won, and are rewarded with a semi-final game against Portlaoise.

16.01FULL-TIME: Leinster Club SFC quarter-finals: Sarsfields (Kildare) 1-12 St Patrick’s (Louth) 2-6 – Sarsfields will now meet Ballymun in the Leinster semis.

16.04FULL-TIME: Connacht Club SFC semi-final - Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway) 0-8 St Brigid’s (Roscommon) 0-15 – Brigid’s are in the final, after a hard-fought victory.

16.10FULL-TIME: Leinster Club SFC quarter-final: St Patrick’s (Wicklow) 0-4 Portlaoise (Laois) 3-15 - The visitors have absolutely crushed their opponents, and they go on to play Killoe in the semis.

16.12 – In case you’re wondering about the Munster Club SHC semi-final between Thurles Sarsfields and Sarsfields, you can find all the details here.

16.16 – Congrats to Ballyhale!

16.40 – Here’s a summary of the day’s events:

  • Ballyhale defeat Dicksboro by four points to win the Kilkenny SHC, despite Henry Shefflin missing two penalties for the side.
  • The Leinster semi-final matches will feature Portlaoise taking on Killoe, while Sarsfields will play Ballymun, following the sides’ respective victories today.
  • In the sole fixture in Ulster this afternoon, Crossmaglen earned a comfortable win over St Eunan’s, with Jamie Clarke, Kyle Carragher and Oisin McConville scoring the goals for the eventual winners, who now meet Errigal Ciaran of Tyrone in the semis.
  • St Brigid’s will play Ballaghaderreen in the Connacht Club SFC final, after both teams secured relatively convincing victories today.
  • And finally, in Munster, Thurles Sarsfields narrowly beat Sarsfields, in a game that we liveblogged. The former will take on De La Salle in the final of the competition, after a last-gasp John Keane goal sealed the Waterford side’s triumph.

16.53 – And finally, a look at some of the days defining images:

(A dejected Danny Kenny of Dicksboro after the game – INPHO/Cathal Noonan)

(De La Salle’s John Keane celebrates scoring the winning goal – INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan)

(Crossmaglen Rangers’ Kyle Carragher with St Eunan’s Conor Park – INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry)

(Darragh Donnelly of St Brigids and Derek O’Flaherty of Salthill/Knocknacarra – INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy)


(Ray Cahill of Sarsfileds celebrates scoring a point late in the game – INPHO/Donall Farmer)

17.04 – Alright, that’s it for today.

Thanks for joining me and enjoy the rest of your weekends.

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