Wow… What a crazy day of hurling.
Offaly’s clash with Kerry in the Joe McDonagh Cup was being hailed as the most important game in the Faithful County’s history. Unfortunately, a two-point loss means they drop into hurling’s third tier next season.
In other shock news from around the hurling world. Dublin’s win over Galway coupled with Wexford and Kilkenny’s draw means the 2017 All-Ireland champions are out of this year’s competition.
Meanwhile, the draw at Innovate Wexford Park means that Wexford and Kilkenny will meet again in the Leinster final.
Here is our round-up following a crazy day of hurling.
Joe McDonagh Cup
Kerry 1-18 Offaly 1-16
A new low for Offaly hurling as they find themselves relegated to hurling’s third tier where they will be contesting for the Christy Ring Cup next year. It marks an 18-month period to forget for the Faithful County who last season found themselves relegated from the Liam McCarthy Cup before going on to be relegated to Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League.
The win for Kerry means they maintain their Joe McDonagh Cup status ahead of the 2020 season.
Shane Conway was the star on show hitting 0-11 from placed balls for Kerry as well as assisting a goal for Padraig Boyle. Shane Dooley, as per usual, was Offaly’s go-to man but his tally of 1-6 wasn’t enough to keep the Faithful men from falling once more.
Laois 1-22 Westmeath 1-22
Westmeath thought they had clinched this one in the dying embers when Killian Doyle edged them in front, however, a late free from Eoin Gaughan saw the two sides finish all square in Portlaoise.
Going into the game, Laois had already secured their spot in the final having gone four for four in the competition before today, while Westmeath looked likely to join them there. After today’s result, it is now official that the two sides will meet in Croke Park later this month to determine who will be Joe McDonagh Cup champions and thus joining hurling’s elite next year.
— Laois GAA (@CLGLaois) June 15, 2019
Both sides also progress to the All-Ireland series where they will face the third-placed teams from the Munster and Leinster SHC.
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
Dublin 3-19 Galway 0-24
Wow, what drama!
Galway are out of the All-Ireland series following their defeat Dublin coupled with Kilkenny’s draw with Wexford. The shocking scenario comes just six days after they handed Kilkenny their first Nowlan Park championship defeat in 70 years.
The game itself was nip and tuck throughout the first half with Eamonn Dillon’s goal ensuring that Dublin trailed by just one at the break. However, Séan Moran netted their second three-pointer from a penalty early in the second half after captain, Chris Crummey was fouled.
The two sides continued to trade points the whole way through the second half and were never separated by more than one point until Crummey broke through for Dublin’s third goal to edge them into a lead that they wouldn’t surrender.
Surely Dublin’s biggest win since the 2013 season.
Wexford 0-21 Kilkenny 1-18
A gripping draw at Innovate Wexford Park not only means that Galway have been unceremoniously dumped out of the Leinster Championship but that Wexford and Kilkenny will meet yet again in the provincial final at Croke Park.
A late free from Lee Chin ensured Wexford’s spot in the final after a rip-roaring encounter.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) June 15, 2019
Wexford looked in the ascendency in the first half until AIB Club Hurler of the Year, Adrian Mullen, pounced for his first goal in senior inter-county championship to edge Kilkenny into the lead.
However, there was nothing between the sides as the lead swung back and forth all afternoon until eventually, it ended in a draw.