We take a look ahead to this weekend’s clashes in Division 1 of the Irish Daily Star National League Semi-Final’s.
Irish Daily Star National League Division 1 Semi-Finals
Saturday April 16th
Galway v Limerick
St. Brendan’s, Birr
Referee: Cathal Egan
Galway dominated group 1 of the league this year with 5 wins out of 5, defeating Clare heavily in their final game. They started off their league campaign with a clear victory over Tipperary. Along the way they also breezed past Dublin, Offaly and Wexford to reach the Semi-Final. With 5 wins behind them, Galway will definitely have their eyes set on retaining the league title again this year.
Limerick finished runners up in their group after a play-off with Cork which leaves them in the semi-final pairing with Galway. Both Limerick and Cork finished up on the same score difference resulting in a play-off which saw Limerick run out victors by 7 points. Similar to their opponents, Limerick started off their league campaign well with victories over Cork, Waterford and Derry, with their only defeat being to group toppers Kilkenny.
Sunday April 17th
Kilkenny v Tipperary
Referee: Ray Kelly
Kilkenny topped their group with 3 wins out of 4 in their campaign, defeating Derry comfortably in their opening game. They continued on to beat Waterford, however, they suffered a setback when they were defeated by a single point to Cork. This loss didn’t damage their confidence too much, and they were back to winning ways two weeks later where they saw off Limerick by 4 points to earn a spot in the Semi-Final.
Runners up in their group, Tipperary won 3 out of their 5 matches. A heavy defeat met them in the opening game of the league where group toppers Galway defeated them. Things were not looking to be going Tipperary’s way as they also suffered a defeat to the hands of Wexford in their second game a week later. They bounced back however, and saw off competition from the likes of Clare, Offaly and Dublin to earn a spot in the Semi-Final.