Clare inflict another defeat on Kilkenny
Allianz HL Division 1A
Clare 2-19 Kilkenny 0-12
CLARE flew out of the traps in Ennis to inflict another defeat on Brian Cody's Cats. Aron Shanagher grabbed 1-4, while David Reidy hit seven from placed balls. Inside four minutes, the die was cast as Aaron Cunningham raised a green flag and Shanagher (2) and Reidy raised white flags.
Clare led by four at the break with Kilkenny only mustering three points from play.
In the second half, Kilkenny just about kept in touch, and entering the final quarter, the gap was just a goal. But with further scores for the Banner, including points from Podge Collins, substitute Cathal McInerney (2), Reidy, John Conlon and a Shanagher goal, Clare eventually won by 13.
Waterford 0-15 Tipperary 1-18
IN a see-saw contest, Tipp came good in the second half to sit on top of Division 1A.
The sides were level 10 times in the first half, before the All-Ireland champions grabbed the initiative with three points without reply after half–time.
John McGrath ended the contest when he finished to the net from a rebound after 58 minutes.
John McGrath helped himself to 1-6 while John O'Dwyer scored 0-5 after coming on as a sub.
Pauric Mahony scored nine points for the Déise.
Cork 1-14 Dublin 2-19
WITH eight points from Donal Burke, Dublin won by the same margin on Saturday night.
Although the home side scored four of the first five points, Dublin then registered 1-8 to take a lead they would not relinquish. Ryan O'Dwyer scored Dublin's first goal to put them two up, and Eoghan Conroy's major on 41 pushed them five clear.
And although Dublin lost Chris Crummey to a second yellow card in the second half, it mattered not as the Dubs saw the game out with ease.
Allianz HL Division 1B
Galway 3-13 Wexford 1-21
WEXFORD came from behind to beat Galway, who had looked booked for the points when Joe Canning scored a penalty to leave six in it. However, Wexford proceeded to outscore their opponents 1-6 to 0-1 over the last 16 minutes of the game to reel them in. The hosts had also looked in control in the first half through goals from Joseph Cooney and Johnny Coen, but they could not shake off Davy Fitzgerald's men.
Limerick 6-21 Kerry 3-8
KERRY were trounced by a rampant Limerick side, for whom Ronan Lynch scored an amazing 3-11. All three of the Kingdom's goals were scored by Padraig Boyle. Halfway through the opening period, the teams were level, but goals from Graeme Mulcahy and Tom Morrissey saw the Treaty men take a 10 point lead at half-time. Kevin O'Brien raised the other green flag for the winners.
Laois 1-26 Offaly 1-20
OFFALY are now in a relegation battle with Kerry after their 13-point defeat to Laois on Saturday night. The Faithful started well – taking a 1-2 to no score lead after just two minutes, the goal coming from Oisin Kelly. But Laois then gained the upper hand with points from Stephen Maher, Cha Dwyer, Willie Dunphy and a goal from Neil Foyle.
Offaly were not aided by the loss of Sean Gardiner to a straight red in the first half and Aidan Rigney in the second.