GAA Round-up: Moran’s men outclassed by Rossies
Mickey Moran's Leitrim were left to pay dearly for a comatose first half display as they tamely went under by 2-12 to 0-6 to Roscommon in their Connacht Championship semi-final clash at Carrick-on-Shannon.
Leitrim's adopted Derryman saw his charges behind in difficult conditions by 1-7 to 0-2 at half-time with Donal Shine clinically goaling after a penetrating move.
The second half saw the physically stronger Rossies comfortably consolidate their lead even though Leitrim keeper Cathal McCrann saved brilliantly to deny Senan Kilbride. Points by Emlyn Mulligan and Conor Beirne gave Leitrim limited hope but a Conor Devanney goal four minutes from time provided the garnish for the impressive Rossies.
In the Leinster SFC quarter-final, Carlow edged out Louth |0-14 to 0-13, a wonderful late point from Brendan Murphy sealing a shock win.
Carlow led by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time after Louth's Dessie Finnegan had been dismissed shortly before the break.
A brilliant goal in the ninth minute by Richie Hogan was the springboard Kilkenny needed to go on and secure a 1-26 to 1-15 Leinster SHC semi-final win over hosts Wexford.
The game marked the return to competitive action of Kilkenny talisman Henry Shefflin who chipped in with a healthy nine point tally.
The underdogs did get a leg-up in first half injury time when Jim Berry hammered an 18 metre free low to the Kilkenny net to cut his team's deficit to 1-14 to 1-9 at the interval.
The Cats will meet the winners of Galway and Dublin in the provincial final.
In a thrilling Munster SHC semi-final, John Mullane scored a last minute goal to give Waterford a 3-15 to 3-14 win over Limerick in Thurles.