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Allianz Hurling League Round-Up: Limerick Enjoy Winning Start To 1A

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Innovate Wexford Park, Co. Wexford 27/1/2019 Wexford vs Limerick Limerick's Peter Casey shoots under pressure from Liam Ryan of Wexford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

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The first round of the Allianz Hurling League continued today as some of the top sides in the country battled it out for some early season bragging rights. 

There was plenty of action across the divisions in the Hurling League as reigning champions, Kilkenny, looked assured in their first outing against Cork while All Ireland winners, Limerick, also got life in Division 1A off to a winning start against Wexford.

Meanwhile, there were also big wins for Galway and Waterford in Division 1B as both counties look to return to the top flight.

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

Kilkenny 2-18 – 0-17 Cork

An early injury to Ger Malone didn’t deter Kilkenny as goals from his replacement, Richie Leahy, as well as Billy Ryan, saw the 2018 champions enjoy a winning start to their League campaign.

Kevin Kelly’s frees, as well as Leahy’s goal, gave Kilkenny an early lead until Cork sparked into life late in the first half through Patrick Horgan. Points from the Glen Rovers man and Cormac Murphy reduced the deficit to one point at half time.

Billy Ryan hit the net again for the Cats early in the second half and when James Maher followed that up with a point, they never looked back. Eoin Murphy was called into action to deny Horgan late on and that ensured the seven-point win for the home side.

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

Limerick 1-17 – 2-11 Wexford

Limerick produced a mixed performance as they survived a late rally from Wexford to secure their first win in Division 1A since 2010. Davy Fitzgerald’s men were unable to punish Limerick for their poor shooting, although they were denied a late goal by the post.

Wexford hit first through a goal from Cathal Dunbar, but the visitors responded well through Aaron Gillane who hit the back of the net soon afterward. Limerick then found their stride but they couldn’t rest on their laurels for long when Jack O’Connor netted Wexford’s second goal.

Both sides were reduced to 14 men late in the first half when Seamus Flanagan and Liam Ryan were shown red cards after a tussle on the sideline. Limerick finished the half strongly and managed to maintain their lead throughout the second, despite the efforts of Conor McDonald, Harry Kehoe and Liam Óg McGovern.

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1B

Galway 1-27 – 2-15 Laois

Ten points from Joe Canning helped Galway get their quest for Division 1A status off to the best possible start with a nine-point win over Laois in Pearse Stadium.

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With the aid of the wind in the first half, the Tribesmen stormed into an eight-point lead before Davy Glennon finished a well-worked move to the back of the net to extend their lead even further. PJ Scully attempted to keep Laois in touch before John Lennon netted for the visitors.

Galway responded to their defensive blunder well and while their win was secure, Lennon snuck in for his second goal before the full-time whistle.

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1B

Waterford 2-28 – 0-7 Offaly

It was a day to forget for the Faithful county as they fell to a heavy 27-point loss at the hands of Waterford in their first competitive outing of 2019. It’s worrying times for manager, Kevin Martin, and his side as they now must prepare to meet Galway in Tullamore next weekend.

For Paraic Fanning, it was the ideal start to the League. Waterford had nine different scorers including Stephen Bennett who registered 0-16. They led by 0-12 to 0-5 at half-time and it could have been worse for Offaly as Thomas Ryan and Shane Bennett threatened Eoghan Cahill’s goal.

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DJ Foran and substitute, Jack Prendergast, eventually hit the net in the second half to ensure a blistering start to the league.

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Allianz Hurling League Division 2A

Westmeath 2-17 – 0-15 London

Mayo 0-17 – 0-17 Meath

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Allianz Hurling League Division 2B

Donegal 1-13 – 2-16 Kildare

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Allianz Hurling League Division 3A

Louth 1-11 – 3-18 Roscommon

Monaghan 0-5 – 4-11 Armagh

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Allianz Hurling League Division 3B

Sligo 2-14 – 1-16 Fermanagh

Cavan 2-9 – 1-11 Leitrim

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About Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter