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Roundup of the National Hurling League Quarter-Finals

Kilkenny Sail By Wexford

Business as usual for the Cats as they ripped apart Wexford with the ease we’re used to. Brain Cody stated two objectives, one: “to win it (the League)” and two: “give as many players game time as possible.” So far objectives are being comfortably met ruthlessly. TJ Reid notched a hattrick and Walter Walsh added 1-3. Wexford were in the game, down by one at the half time break, 2-10 to 1-12 but a Reid goal at the resumption of play buried Wexford as Kilkenny won the half: 2-12 to 1-4. Cody continues to give players game time: Joey Holden, Padraig Walsh started again and Richie Hogan was strong in midfield while Mark Kelly continued good form with three points and Michael Fennelly got a run out. The depth on display is frightening as Kilkenny are blowing away teams with experimental sides: they are very capable of achieving Cody’s first objective.

Clare Struggle Past Laois

Clare may have slightly underestimated Laois in this contest and were fought hard right up until the final whistle. Laois always approach every contest with fierce determination and heart and this game was no different despite a significant early setback. Defender Tom Delaney was sent off for a straight red in the 22nd minute leaving Laois with fourteen men for the rest of the game. A complacent Clare side slipped up giving Laois too many opportunities as the latter battled savagely, so much so that they were down by two points in the 69th minute until points from Tony Kelly and Colin Ryan clinched a close one in Portlaoise.

Tipp outscore Cork in Thrilling Contest

Tipperary are scoring in the League with wild abandon but two areas are letting them down and that was displayed on Sunday versus Cork. Their defense conceded four more goals and they demonstrated their tendency to let opponents back into the game which is arguably more worrying. Tipperary began brightly with 2-4 to 0-0 after 8 minutes but Cork back and went one up at the half, 3-11 to 3-9. Tipperary did rebuild a lead of 3-21 to 3-15 but let it slip as Cork added on 1-4 but as Anthony Nash’s bullet was saved, Tipperary emerged three points clear. Despite the worries, Tipperary looked sharp in attack. John O’ Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath and Brendan Maher were all on top form and this should bode well for the semi-final. Cork were pleased with their performance and showed hardly any ill-effects from playing in 1B but will be feeling frustrated they couldn’t play more games soon.

Sutcliffe Pushes Dublin To Safety

A battle for survival in Walsh Park resulted in the away side’s favour as Waterford drop to Division 1B for 2015. Shane O’ Sullivan’s red card and goal scoring were the two decisive stages for Dublin as they erased a five point Deise lead to go into the half up one thanks to goals from Paul Ryan and Colm Cronin. In the second half Dublin enjoyed greater freedom as Shane Durkin was used as a sweeper to snuff out threats. Danny Sutcliffe came to the fore bagging two goals as he helped his side to victory. Dublin’s first away win in the League but Waterford are consigned to relegation after three straight losses.

Galway Shoot Down Limerick

Galway’s scoring ability and better physicality were too much for Limerick as the Tribesmen left the Gaelic Grounds with a 1-20 to 1-11 victory. Limerick failed to close down well as lots of Galway players were left open to score points and David Burke, Johnny Glynn and Conor Cooney took great advantage of this. Limerick were limp most of the game and couldn’t keep up the rate showed by Galway, displaying obvious signs of the effects playing in Division 1B has – they just got by Laois and drew with Offaly.

Luke Lonergan, Pundit Arena.

Featured Image By Tom Marsh from Yorkshire (What a Game!  Uploaded by Armbrust) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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