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Sunday's GAA action as it happened

Updated: Sunday, 04 Apr 2010 21:25

It's eight weeks today when Cork & Tipperary clash in the Championship
It's eight weeks today when Cork & Tipperary clash in the Championship

Read James McMahon's account of how things unfolded in the Allianz hurling league, where Cork and Galway booked their places in the Division 1 decider.

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That's it for today. Happy Easter to all.

16.41 Joe Canning went off injured in the Dublin match, but it turned out to be cramp. A sigh of relief for all Tribes supporters.

16.40 Days like these certainly whet the appetite for summers days with Cork putting down a marker that they will be serious contenders later in the year.

16.27 Davy Fitz, while pleased with Waterford's win, was not happy with the performance, which, he claims will not do in the championship.

16.28 So that wraps up the action for this Easter Sunday. The final round of matches in the hurling League take place on 18 April, with Cork and Galway due to meet - a fortnight before the League decider. Expect much shadow boxing on that day.

16.21 Dublin extend their advantage to six points at the end and win the U-21 Leinster title on a 1-12 0-09 scoreline. They will now face Roscommon in athe All-Ireland semi-final.

16.13 All change in Parnell Park, with Conor Lynam hitting 0-5 for the midlandersm but as I type Ciaran Dorney has goaled for Dublin. The blues now lead 1-10-0-09 with five minutes left.

16.10 A good fightback by Laois hurlers come to nought as Wexford see of the O'Moore county by 1-18 1-14. Wexford now have to beat Antrim in their final league game to claim a final spot. Carlow are still very much in the shake-up after beating Kildare on a 3-14 2-05 scoreline, while Down defeated neighbours 2-17 2-16

16.09 Waterford got the better of Offaly by 1-19 1-16. Kilkenny 2-17 Limerick 0-16. The latter rallied well in the second-half.

The National Hurling League final on 2 May will see Cork face Galway.

16.07 Cork's character shone through here especially after Tipp hit a purple patch in the opening stages of the second half.

16.06 All over in Cork with the Rebels 1-16 1-15 winners and through to the National League final.

16.04 Kevin Hynes points for Galway as they beat Dublin 0-17 0-15.

16.03 Galway 0-16 Dublin 0-15, as Tipp narrow the deficit to a point Cork 1-16 Tipperary 1-15

16.02 Patrick Horgan strikes over a free to give him 1-07 for the day. Cork 1-16 Tipperary 1-14. Three minutes to be added on.

15.58 Jerry O'Connor edges Cork a point clear. Cracking game here and if the Munster Council market the 30 May well expect a sell-out crowd when these sides clash again. Galway now 0-16 0-13 ahead of Dublin in the dying moments

15.57 Squeaky bum time between Cork and Tipp with the sides level at 1-14 each.

15.56 Joe Canning pops up to put Galway clear. 0-14 0-13. Dublin, playing the better hurling, however. 4 minutes left.

15.55 Shane Durkan knocks over a delightful point to edge them 0-13 0-12 clear, but as I write Ollie Canning finds the range to draw the sides level.

HALF-TIME Dublin 0-09 Westmeath 0-03 in U-21 football final.

15.54 All square by the Banks at 1-13 apiece. Change that - Eoin Kelly, from out on the wing - edges the Premier a point clear.

15.51 Andrew Brennan sent-off for Limerick as they still trail Kilkenny 2-16 0-15.

15.49 GOAL GOAL! Bit of a scrambled effort, but Offaly find the net and lead with 1-16 1-15 against Waterford with 10 minutes to go.

15.47 Hope for Laois as John Purcell goals and the deficit is now down to fice points. Wexford 1-16 Laois 1-11. 10 minutes left.

15.45 Patrick Horan could be in trouble following a charge on Declan Fanning. Bit reckless of Horgan, who despite this, pops over the free, that I thought should have been a throw ball. Tipperary 1-12 Cork 1-12

15.44 Another one for the hurling scrapbook as Patrick Horgan, with some fancy stick work, crashes to the ball past Brendan Cummins 17 minutes in. Tipperary 1-12 Cork 1-11

15.43 Kilkenny 2-16 Limerick 0-15. The latter showing plenty of heart, however.

15.41 Dublin have raised the tempo against Galway as now lead 0-11 0-10, with John McCaffrey hitting 0-08 for the Metropolitans. 20 minutes into the second half.

15.40 Waterford 1-13 Offaly 0-16 in a cracker at Walsh Park. Dan Shanahan, who has been quiet so far, got the Waterford goal.

15.38 Sheer class by Tipperary as they now lead by 1-12 0-11, with Paul Kelly's goal, after a brilliant run, was despatched to the net with aplomb. Cork are floundering at the moment.

15.37 It's now all square by the Lee 0-11 0-11.

15.35 Tipperary hit the opening two scores of the second half - as Cork spurn another good goal chance. Cork 0-11 Tipperary 0-09

15.33 Galway lead Dublin 0-09 0-08 nine minutes into the second half.

15.31 In the U-21 game Dublin are 0-08 0-03 ahead of Westmeath as the first half draws to a close

15.30 Second halves in the hurling are underway across the country.

15.19 Cork have had the breeze to their advantage in the opening half. They had chances for goals - but Tipperary, in the shape of Brendan Cummins have stood firm. 10,000 people are at this match - good for the League in a decent game that lacks a little bite at the moment.

15.18 At Parnell Park, Dublin, looking the more polished side, lead Westmeath 0-5 0-02 in the Leinster U-21 football final.

15.15 Laois went 22 minutes without a score in the opening half at O'Moore as Wexford lead 1-08 0-05. Peter Atkinson with the goal for the Model county.

15.13 TJ Reid has hit nine points (6f) for Kilkenny in the opening half as the Cats lead Limerick 2-12 0-07.

15.12 At Walsh Park, the lead has changed eight times, but at the break the Déise are 0-11 0-10 ahead, with Offaly really putting it up to their hosts.

15.10 In Salthill Galway lead Dublin 0-08 0-06. Referee Barry Kelly had no hesitation in sending Donellan and Brady off in a game that is not 'dirty.'

15.07 Patrick Horgan or Pa hits a 21 yard free over the bar as Cork edge 0-11 0-07 clear. Half-time in Cork.

15.03 Cork 0-10 0-07 ahead of Tipp as Eoin Kelly by the river Lee side of Páirc Ui Chaoimh sends a 60 yard free wide, The man is human! Two minutes plus inury time to half-time.

15.02 Wexford surge in Portlaoise and they now lead 1-08 0-04.

15.00 After a bit of squaring up to each other at Salthill, Galway's Cyril Donnellan and Tomás Beady of Dublin have been sent off. Galway lead 0-07 0-06.

14.57 Galway and Dublin tied at 0-06 0-06. Kilkenny now 1-10 0-05 clear of Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds. TJ Reid has hit 0-06 from frees so far.

14.56 - Patrick Horgan free makes it 0-08 to 0-04. The target guy O'Halpin now operating on the half-forward line. Not as effective there, howver.

14.55 Offaly edge 0-08 0-07 ahead of Waterford with Shane Dooley scoring 0-04 for Offaly - make that 0-05 after 24 minutes.

14.52 Switching sports for a second - Tommy Stack has saddled another winner - this time at Cork - to maintain his fabulous start to the flat season. Racing fans out there will appreciate what I'm saying.

14.48 Osaki O'Halpin is proving a handful for the Tipp defence as the Leesiders edge 0-07 0-03 ahead

14.47 Breaking away from today's action - Derry footballer Paddy Bradley tore his hamstring in a club match last night and may be a doubt for Derry's championship opener against Armagh on 16 May.

14.45 Cork seemed to have upped the pace and they lead Tipp 0-05 to 0-02.

14:44 Moving to Division 2 it's all square Laois 0-03 Wexford 0-03

14.42 Waterford 0-04 Offaly 0-02. GOAL for Kilkenny. Aidan Fogarty has goaled for the Cats against Limerick. TJ Reid has hit 0-04 for Kilkenny as they lead 1-06 to 0-04.

14.41 Galway 0-04 Dublin 0-03 after 11 minutes. Aidan Harte should have hit the net when put through, but the Dub custodian saved well.

14.40 Cork 0-02 Tipperary 0-02. Eoin Kelly with the Tipp scores.

14.38 Dublin v Westmeath throws in at 3.00pm. What the Lake county would do for success here. I'm told John Heslin at midfield for Westmeath is worth keeping an eye on.

2.35pm Cork's Paudie O'Sullivan closes in on the Tipp goal, and his shot is saved well by Brendan Cummins. The latter is still a very agile performer. I remember his awesome display against Kilkenny in the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final - his heroics could not prevent a Tipp defeat however.

2.33pm Cork get an early point from a free to give Cork an early lead.

2.31pm The action is underway across the country. Glad to report that the weather conditions are fine across the country on this Easter Sunday.

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