All Ireland Championship Intermediate and Senior Semi Finals

All IrelandChampionship Intermediate and Senior Semi Finals

St. Mary’s GAA club, Ardee.
(Michael Forde Leinster PRO)

Saturday next is ‘D’ day for Longford and Dublin, the last two remaining Leinster Counties, that have their hearts set, on stepping out on the halo’s turf of Croke Park on super Sunday, the 27th of September in the TG4 all Ireland finals. However, both Longford and Dublin have one hurdle to clear before they can step foot in the theatre of dreams.
Longford, who are the reigning Leinster Intermediate champions, will face Fermanagh in the TG4 all Ireland Intermediate semi final in St. Mary’s GAA club, Ardee, County Louth, the game will be broadcast live on TG4, with a throw in time of 4.15, referee Derek Byrne (Limerick) will take charge.
Longford finished on top of group ‘B’ with wins over Waterford, Westmeath and Kilkenny, they split the points with Roscommon to book their place in Saturday’s semi final. Roscommon retained their Intermediate status for next year when they over came Wexford (1-14 to 2-8) in a relegation battle on August the 29th in Portarlington.
Fermanagh competed in group ‘A’, registering one win over Wexford, while drawing with Cavan and Clare, the Banner beat Waterford in their semi final to book their place in their successive all Ireland Intermediate Final.

In the second semi final of the day, St. Mary’s GAA club will also host Dublin and Monaghan in the TG4 Senior Championship Semi Final, with Declan Corcoran (Mayo) starting the count down clock at 6pm. Once again TG4 will broadcast the action live to the four corners of the globe.
This is a massive game for Dublin(no pressure), the Dubs are the current Leinster senior champions, and are only one step away from welcoming Cork to their own back yard, in their previous visits to Croke Park in 2003 and 2004, the Jackies were unlucky to be beaten (1-4 to 0-5) by Mayo in a close and exciting final, the following year they were beaten (3-9 to 0-11) in a tough encounter against a strong Galway side.
Since then they have been knocking on the door, and on Saturday next they face last years beaten senior finalist Monaghan, I’m certain the Farneys will have learned hard lessons from last years final, when they were out gunned by Cork (4-13 to 0-11), and a second tilt at the reigning Champions would be top of their wish list.
Who ever the victors are on Saturday next they will have the pleasure of facing a Cork side that are chasing five senior titles in a row, and perhaps a good omen for Dublin is that Cork have met four different teams (Galway, Armagh, Mayo and Monaghan ) over the past four years.
But for the moment both Longford and Dublin are focusing on Saturdays games, and there is no doubt that the stage is set for what should be two exciting and close semi final games, Both teams would appreciate as much support as possible, and if you can’t make the trip, tune in to TG4 on Saturday next for all the live action from both games. Best of luck to all.

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