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Munster final is in the firing line after Waterford's weak surrender

By John Campbell

Ulster hurling may have absorbed some brickbats lately because of the non-fulfilment of fixtures at different levels but yesterday the Munster Senior Championship final, one of the jewels in the sport's fixtures crown, suffered a savage credibility blow.

In blowing inept Waterford away by 5-19 to 0-13, Tipperary not only gave a broad hint that they might just ruffle Kilkenny's feathers further along the line but debunked certain myths associated with the perceived competitiveness, glamour and colour of the series.

John McGrath bagged 3-2 and Seamus Callanan assembled 1-11 in individual performances that highlighted Waterford's collective mayhem as the floodgates - and the heavens - opened in the second-half.

In the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers, Wexford turned in a power-packed performance to see off Cork by 0-23 to 1-17 while Clare also progressed by beating Limerick by 0-19 to 0-15.

Donegal, meanwhile, came out on top against Louth in the All-Ireland Under-21 'C' Championship, winning by 4-11 to 1-10 to set up a final meeting with the winners of Friday night's other last-four clash between Fermanagh and Sligo.

But there was no good fortune for Derry, Antrim and Down in their respective All-Ireland Camogie Championship matches.

Derry bore the full brunt of a fired-up Galway at senior level, losing by 2-14 to 0-1 with Maria Mooney landing their sole score.

In the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Group One, Kilkenny proved too strong for Antrim in winning by 6-11 to 3-7. Racquel McCarry did much to lead the Saffrons' resistance by scoring two goals.

Down lost to Galway by 4-13 to 1-6 although Niamh Mallon underlined her team's pluck and resilience by scoring 1-4.

Armagh bucked the trend, however, by beating Kerry by 2-13 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland Junior Championship.

Meanwhile, Gregory McGonigle's Dublin claimed a fifth successive TG4 Leinster ladies Senior Football Championship crown yesterday.

The Jackies demolished Westmeath by 26 points in a surprisingly one-sided provincial decider at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise.

Dublin ran out 4-23 to 0-7 winners against the Lake County, to repeat last year's final success against the same opposition.

Dublin, Monaghan and Mayo have now claimed three of the four provincial senior titles on offer - with the scene set for the Kerry-Cork Munster decider in Killarney this evening (7pm).

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