Following the first round of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifiers, eight teams remain in the hunt for the Liam McCarthy Cup.
In arguably the game of the weekend, Cork overcame a 14 man Dublin team, and were full value for their victory. Kieran Kingston’s sides bounced back from a hammering at the hands of Tipperary to beat Ger Cunningham’s charges at Páirc Uí Rinn. Conor Lehane and Alan Cadagon impressed as the Rebels march on.
The Rebels will face Wexford, who turned around a first-half deficit to account for Offaly in Wexford Park. They will be up against it after the draw for the second round was made.
Meanwhile, Limerick had too much for a brave Westmeath performance, as Clare overwhelmed Laois.
The two Munster counties will renew their great rivalry, and despite Limerick’s poor form, they will be quietly confident that they can upset the League champions.
As announced on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning, here is the draw for the second round of the qualifiers:
Cork vs Wexford.
Clare vs Limerick.
The time and venue of the games will be announced this afternoon, and it is likely that there will be a double header in Thurles.
The winners of these two ties will go into the quarter-finals where they will face the provincial runners-up.
Galway lost to Kilkenny yesterday in the Leinster final, while Waterford and Tipperary face off next Sunday in Limerick.