We take a look at this weekend's crucial clashes as the final four battle it out for a place in this year's Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Final.
Saturday August 13th
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Finals
Cork v Wexford
Referee: Owen Elliott
Cork finished up at the top of Group 2 and therefore automatically went into this All-Ireland Semi-Final. After winning four out of their five games this season, only losing out to Wexford, they will be looking to gain revenge this weekend. Cork are looking to achieve a three-in-a-row this year and top the roll of honour with 27 All-Ireland titles.
Wexford had a tough game in the Quarter-Finals defeating Tipperary by a single point in the latter stages of injury time to set up a Semi-Final tie with Cork. Having defeated them earlier this year they will be hoping to do the same this weekend and reach an All-Ireland Final, which they last won back in 2012 when they completed a famous three-in-a-row.
Galway v Kilkenny
Referee: Ray Kelly
Galway had the direct route to the Semi-Finals after topping their group. They will be looking to make the Final again this year where they hope to regain the All-Ireland title which they last won back in 2013. After being defeated by Kilkenny in the National League Final, Galway gained revenge on the Cats in mid-July and they will be hoping that they can perform well again this weekend.
Kilkenny will be looking forward to the All-Ireland Semi-Final after defeating Offaly a fortnight ago in the Quarter-Finals. This is a repeat of this year’s National League Final against Galway, where they came out on top that day. A tough task will be ahead of them but they will be hoping they can see off Galway again and reach the Final where they will be aiming to win the O’Duffy Cup which they last won back in 1994.
*Extra-time to be played if necessary. In the event of a draw after Extra-time, the replay will be held on Saturday, August 20th.
The Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship Finals take place on Sunday September 11th
in Croke Park, Dublin. For details on tickets please click here
County Top Scorers
Kate Kelly (Wexford) – 5-41 (56)
Orla Cotter (Cork) – 2-27 (33)
Denise Gaule (Kilkenny) – 2-24 (30)
Ailish O’Reilly (Galway) – 4-06 (18)