Mayo manager Peter Leahy said he was not one bit surprised to see his team sparkle against Cavan in the TG4 ladies All-Ireland football championship and that his side did their talking on the pitch after a fractious week away from it.
A stunning goal off the sod by Grace O'Brien in the fourth minute of injury time secured a smash-and-grab 1-14 to 2-10 victory for Tipperary over Offaly in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship at The Ragg.
Sarah Houlihan scored 2-3 as Kerry bounced back from their Munster final defeat to Cork to open Group 1 of the TG4 ladies All-Ireland seniorchampionship with victory over Tipperary at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh.
Reigning All-Ireland champions Galway will play their All-Ireland SHC semi-final in Croke Park on Saturday, July 28 (5pm) while Munster champions Cork will be in action at GAA HQ the following day (3.30pm).
"It is going to be something different and really special. Dublin have had so many championship games in Croke Park and they have lit up the place so now we are going to see them up in Tyrone and people are very excited about that."
Offaly manager Mike Wall praised the mental fortitude of his Offaly charges as they recovered from the shock of conceding a goal early in the second half and seeing a five-point interval lead completely wiped out by Wexford to win their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Group 2 tie by 1-18 to 1-12 in Birr on Saturday.
Cork continued their seemingly inexorable progress towards the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championships Semi-Finals after a 1-27 to 1-12 win over Tipperary in the top-of-the-table clash at The Ragg
"It was an unbelievable battle. We stuck to our guns and stuck to our game plan and I'm just delighted that the lads held out in the end. This was always about the players. It was never about anything else and by Jesus they deserve it."
"We are in an All-Ireland semi-final and we need to rectify what went on last year. That's not acceptable what happened last year against Waterford and you know we will be emphasising that to the players."