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There was plenty of Allianz Hurling League action today, following on from Limerick’s win over Tipperary last night, as Carlow provided the biggest shock of the day by forcing a draw with Galway.
That was as exciting as the Division 1B matches got as Waterford and Dublin both eased to wins over Laois and Offaly respectively.
Meanwhile, in Division 1A, Wexford recorded their first win of the campaign with a four-point victory over Cork, leaving John Meyler’s side with two losses in two games.
In the other game, Clare edged a tight contest with Kilkenny thanks to two goals from John Conlon and Podge Collins.
Catch-up on all the action with our round-up below.
Hurling League Division 1A
Clare 2-20 – 1-22 Kilkenny
Goals from John Conlon and Podge Collins proved crucial as Clare got their Allianz League back on track with a one-point victory over Kilkenny. The Banner county had to do so without the services of captain, Tony Kelly, who was serving a one-match ban but his replacement, Colm Galvin, impressed with three points from midfield.
Clare led by one-point at half-time but found themselves with a six-point lead following Collins’ brilliant goal after 48 minutes. Kevin Kelly, who finished the game with 1-11, did reduce the deficit and scored his side’s only goal late on but Kilkenny ran out of time to seal their revival.
Cork 0-17 – 1-18 Wexford
Cork were subjected to their second loss in Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League as a goal from David Dunne helped Wexford secure their first win of the campaign in Pairc Ui Chaoimh this afternoon. Despite Dunne’s goal in the 27th minute, the sides were level at half-time but Cork were unable to press on in the second-half.
Patrick Horgan was denied a goal by the post shortly after the break as Wexford extended their lead through placed balls from Jack O’Connor. Cork eventually settled into the game and drew level through Daniel Kearney but it was short-lived as Davy Fitzgerald’s side pushed on through Cathal Dunbar and Rory O’Connor sealed the four-point win.
Hurling League Division 1B
Laois 1-15 – 4-22 Waterford
Following their 27-point demolition of Offaly last weekend, Waterford continued their rout through Division 1B with a 16-point win over 14-man Laois this afternoon. Patrick Curran and Thomas Ryan helped themselves to two goals apiece while Stephen Bennett finished with a tally of 12 points.
The Deise led by 2-12 to 0-5 at half-time and things only got worse for Laois after the break when substitute, Leo Cleere was red-carded for an off-the-ball incident. To their credit, the home side fought to reduce the deficit, with Mark Kavanagh landing eight frees. However, Paraic Fanning’s side proved far too strong despite a late goal from Kavanagh.
Carlow 0-20 – 0-20 Galway
Carlow proved that they are more than capable of life in Division 1B as a late free from Martin Kavanagh forced a draw with Galway in Netwatch Cullen Park this afternoon. Galway will walk away disappointed from the encounter having hit 10 wides in the first half alone.
Joe Canning, who hit 10 points in total, pointed Galway into an early three-point lead before Kavanagh finally got Carlow off the mark. Despite the wide count, the visitors held a four-point lead at half-time. Carlow, inspired by Kavanagh fought back to level the game and though Aidan Harte appeared to have scored the winner for Galway, the St Mullin’s man held his nerve to nail the late free.
Offaly 0-12 – 2-19 Dublin
Dublin inflicted further misery upon Offaly this week as the strolled to a 13-point win in O’Connor Park this afternoon. Oisin O’Rorke was called into the starting line-up shortly before throw-in and made his claim for a starting position, scoring 2-3.
The visitors raced into a 1-10 to 0-5 lead at half-time as Offaly struggled to make use of their limited possession. Kevin Martin’s side looked to launch a comeback early in the second half with quick points but that was quickly snuffed out when O’Rorke netted his second goal in the 46th minute. Further points from Donal Burke helped seal the win, leaving Offaly to deal with two heavy defeats in a row.
Hurling League Division 2A
London Mayo – POSTPONED
Kerry 2-17 – 4-13 Westmeath
Meath 2-15 – 3-13 Antrim
Hurling League Division 2B
Wicklow 0-15 – 1-23 Down
Derry 3-18 – 0-12 Donegal
Hurling League Division 3A
Tyrone 2-23 – 1-11 Louth
Roscommon 1-21 – 0-14 Monaghan
Armagh 2-14 – 0-12 Lancashire
Hurling League Division 3B
Leitrim 0-19 – 2-14 Sligo
Fermanagh v Longford – POSTPONED.