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Waterford winners on pints as Cats tamed

 

By John Campbelll

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath has engaged in what could be regarded as heresy given the monastic lifestyle inter-county players are expected to live.

McGrath led the spirited celebrations consisting of "a few pints" following his team's dramatic 4-23 to 2-22 All-Ireland hurling championship win over Kilkenny, their first success against the Cats in 58 years.

In contrast his Dublin counterpart Ger Cunningham was forced to scuttle back to the drawing-board after their 6-26 to 1-19 taming by a rampant Tipperary for whom Seamus Callanan landed 3-11.

Two teams at contrasting ends of the football spectrum have further highlighted the drama, colour and romance of the All-Ireland championship.

While Mayo have remained in the public eye in recent years, flirting ostentatiously with but never quite gaining 'real' success, Carlow have laboured unsung in the backwaters seemingly accustomed to their role of making up the numbers.

But at the week-end, while Mayo survived a scare against unsung Clare to finally come good at 2-14 to 0-13, Carlow rocketed into the last twelve in the race to 'Sam' by overcoming Leitrim by exactly the same score.

Former Armagh All-Ireland winner Tony McEntee's wise counsel is obviously still very much required in his role within the Mayo backroom team as the county prepares itself yet again to claim 'Sam for the first time since 1951.

They will meet Cork in Round 4A of the qualifiers, a tasty dish indeed.

Carlow, meanwhile, will go forward fortified by new-found belief, the sublime finishing of Paul Broderick who scored 1-6 against Leitrim and the backing of a hitherto latent army of supporters.

Roscommon, too, have been re-born following their stunning 2- 15 to 0-12 victory over fancied Galway in yesterday's Connacht final. In a war of attrition that saw cards of all colours flashed at regular intervals, Cian Connolly, who was subsequently sent off and Brian Stack scored the all-important goals that cemented Roscommon's victory.

Galway now face the challenging task of trying to end Donegal's run in Round 4a.

In the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Down beat Galway by 3-19 to 5-10.

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