Cork and Tiipperary keep their 100 per cent Allianz Hurling League records
Division One Group A
Clare 0-22 Galway 1-24
GALWAY overcame a dreadful start to claim their second win of the campaign in Ennis.
The Tribe were 0-8 to 0-1 behind after 15 minutes at Cusack Park, with Cathal Malone, Peter Duggan and Aidan McCarthy on target for the hosts.
Henry Shefflin’s men woke up after that and they had reduced the deficit to the bare minimum at half-time, 0-12 to 0-11, with the help of Conor Cooney, Evan Niland and Joseph Cooney.
The visitors picked up where they left off after the break and soon hit the front, with a Conor Whelan goal 12 minutes from time sealing the deal.
Cork 2-14 Wexford 0-18
CORK clinched top spot in the division and a semi-final place thanks to a last-gasp goal from Cormac Beausang at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Wexford started brilliantly as points from Conor McDonald, Charlie McGuckin and Lee Chin helped them into a 0-6 to nothing lead. Pat Ryan’s men finally got off the mark in the 20th minute via a Shane Kingston free and they went in at the interval trailing 0-10 to 0-6.
The Slaneysiders extended their lead to six early in the second half, but Pádraig Power’s goal on 44 minutes turned the game for Cork and they levelled through a Jack O’Connor point with a minute left of regulation.
The Yellowbellies couldn’t hang on as Beausang made the most of a high ball into the square to finish low to the net.
Westmeath 1-15 Limerick 1-27
AARON Gillane made his return as Limerick eased to a 12-point win in Mullingar.
Conor Boylan’s goal helped the Treaty into an early 1-4 to 0-1 lead and Tom Morrissey went on to strike five first-half points as the All-Ireland champions took a commanding 1-14 to 0-5 lead in at the break.
Morrissey, the returning Diarmuid Byrnes and Donnacha Ó Dálaigh kept the points flowing for John Kiely’s men in the second half, with Niall O’Brien netting a consolation penalty for Westmeath.
Gillane (above) made his entrance for the final 10 minutes and he sent over an injury-time point to round off a comfortable victory.
Division One Group B
Kilkenny 2-25 Dublin 1-17
KILKENNY will be confident of confirming a semi-final spot after cantering to victory over Dublin at Nowlan Park.
Billy Drennan’s points helped the Leinster champions to build an early 0-7 to 0-1 lead and the Cats would kick on with 10 more scores to go in 0-17 to 0-8 in front at half-time.
Donal Burke landed the first score of the restart for the visitors, but two goals from captain Eoin Cody saw Kilkenny kill the game off as a contest.
Derek Lyng’s men now look forward to hosting Waterford this Sunday at the same venue, where the winners will be guaranteed a last-four spot.
Tipperary 4-23 Waterford 0-25
A JAKE Morris hat-trick was key to Tipperary maintaining their 100 per cent record at Thurles.
Morris (left) grabbed his first goal after seven minutes and the accurate free-taking of Gearóid O’Connor helped Tipp establish a 1-12 to 0-11 lead by half-time.
However, Waterford were far from done and points from Iarlaith Daly and Calum Lyons helped them hit the front after the break. A second Morris goal turned the tables back in favour of Tipp before further late majors from the Moyne-Templetuohy man and Conor Bowe sealed the win for the home side.
Kildare 2-20 Kerry 0-21
BRIAN Byrne and Gerry Keegan got the goals for Kildare as they maintained their 100 per cent record with victory over Kerry in Newbridge.
Offaly 1-19 Carlow 1-12
EOGHAN Cahill was the star of the show for Offaly as they overcame Carlow in Tullamore to remain in the promotion hunt. David Nally got the Faithful county’s goal late on to seal the win.
London 5-16 Sligo 2-20
LONDON came out on the right side of the battle of the bottom two in Ruislip. Ronan Crowley, Daithí Barron, Jack Goulding and Eoghan McHugh (two) got the goals for the Exiles.
Louth 0-19 Fermanagh 1-15
FERMANAGH ran Louth close in Darver, but fell agonisingly short in a dramatic finish.
A Daniel Teague free looked to have secured a draw for the visitors until Stephen Stafford struck the all-important point for the Wee county in the second minute of injury-time.
The Erne men now face a crucial last day clash with Armagh, aiming for a victory that would see them avoid relegation.
Mayo 5-25 Monaghan 0-13
MONAGHAN remain top of 3A despite a crushing loss to bottom of the table Mayo in MacHale Park.
The hosts hit four of their goals in the first-half via Jason Coyne, Eoin Delaney, Sean Kenny and Adrian Philips and, while Fergal Rafter’s points closed the gap marginally for Monaghan, Daniel Huane hammered in the Westerners’ fifth major as they recorded their first win of the campaign.
Roscommon 2-20 Armagh 0-6
ARMAGH went down to a dismal defeat in Dr Hyde Park, a result that undermines their promotion hopes.
The home side hit the ground running and had established a commanding 0-14 to 0-3 lead by the break before the second-half goals of Naos Connaughton and Conor Mulry inflicted more misery on the Orchard county.
Cavan 0-21 Leitrim 2-11
CAVAN took control early on at Breffni Park through points from Canice Maher and Sean Keating and by half-time they had built a 0-15 to 1-5 lead.
Rian Delaney and Nicholas Kenny extended the hosts’ advantage in the second-half as they move to top of the table.
Longford 0-18 Lancashire 0-10
LONGFORD kept their promotion hopes alive with an eight-point win over Lancashire at Pearse Park.