The Munster Senior Hurling Championship for 2018 got underway this weekend, with fine wins for Cork and Limerick.
The new round-robin league format meant that Waterford sat out the opening weekend, as Limerick welcomed Tipperary to the Gaelic Grounds and Cork hosted Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Limerick got the ball rolling for the new championship format with a fine win over Tipp, the Shannonsiders picking up the two points with a win by 1-23 to 2-14.
All eyes then turned to Cork where John Meyler’s side were looking to begin their campaign at home with a win against Clare. They did just that but they had to navigate through eleven minutes of stoppage time at the end of the 70, and could only fully relax after a late goal from Seamus Hamedy put some daylight between the two sides. The Rebels will travel Thurles next weekend with increased confidence after that 2-23 to 1-21 victory.
Munster SHC Round 1:
Limerick 1-23 Tipperary 2-14
Cork 2-23 Clare 1-21
In Leinster, Kilkenny made it two wins from two to take early command in their hurling championship campaign. Brian Cody’s side quite get out of second gerar but still had too much for Offaly at Nowlan Parkl. The cats ran out 2-19 to 1-13 winners to add another two points to their collection.
Dublin, meanwhile, were arguably still feeling the effects of last week’s disappointing defeat to Kilkenny. Despite scoring two points, it was the points that did for Pat Gilroy’s side at Wexford Park as Davy Fitz’s Wexford came away with the 0-22 to 2-14 win despite a late fightback from the visitors, to put the Dubs’ chances of qualifying for the next round in a bit of trouble.
Leinster SHC Round 2:
Kilkenny 2-19 Offaly 1-13
Wexford 0-22 Dublin 2-14
In the Ulster Senior Football Championship, Monaghan edged out a very tight encounter at Healy Park to knock last year’s winners Tyrone out of the running.
The Oriel Army were neck and neck with Mickey Harte’s men for much of the second half but pulled away just enough in the dying minutes (thanks in no small part by a late masterclass from Conor McManus) and although Tyrone scored a late goal via Michael McKernan to give themselves a lifeline Monaghan held on to record a massive victory by 1-18 to 1-16.
Ulster SFC Quarter-Final:
Monaghan 1-18 Tyrone 1-16
Away from the championships, meanwhile, Westmeath defeated Kerry in round 3 of the Joe McDonagh Cup by a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-15 in Tralee, while Down saw off the challenge of London in the Christy Ring Cup by a score of 2-20 to 1-21.