Sligo overcame a spirited first-half display by London to book their place in the semi-finals of the Connacht Championship with a 3-11 to 0-09 win in Ruislip. Two second-half goals from John McPartland and third from MAn of the Match Eamonn O'Hara saw the Yeats men through after their hosts had held them to 0-05 to 0-04 at half-time.
Sligo's sluggish start was more than made up for as Peter Ford's men ran riot in the final quarter. Superior fitness and greater momentum allowed Sligo to find the openings in the London defence but credit must go to London for their determination up until half-time.
Sligo go on to meet Mayo on June 8 for their semi-final clash. London will have to try and prove thier worth again in the qualifiers.
In Munster, Tipperary earned a semi-final date with Kerry thanks to their 0-18 to 1-12 victory over Waterford at Walsh Park. In a game not lacking in commitment or excitement it still took 22 minutes for Tipp to register a point on the scoreboard. Declan Brown's pointed free got Tipp off the mark and indeed it was Brown that proved the difference between the sides, scoring ten points in total.
In an exciting second-half, Tipp came out all guns blazing with Brown scoring four points in the opening eight minutes only for Waterford to claw their way back into the game. Waterford levelled the contest with nine minutes remaining (1-11 to 0-14) but two points from Fergal O'Callaghan put Tipperary infront again before Declan Brown added two pointed frees to leave Tipp with three points to spare.
Filed by Shane Murray