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Good afternoon and welcome to live minute-by-minute coverage of this afternoon’s action in the Allianz National Hurling Leagues.

There’s no doubt about the main event, and Fintan O’Toole is in Nowlan Park for the Division 1A clash between Kilkenny and Tipperary.

There’s plenty more to look forward to as well, not least the meeting of Wexford and Clare in 1B.

It all throws in at 2pm so you’ve plenty of time to get comfortable.

Here’s the full line-up of today’s fixtures. All throw-ins 2pm unless stated.

Division 1A:

  • Kilkenny v Tipperary, Nowlan Park

Division 1B:

  • Wexford v Clare, Wexford Park
  • Offaly v Laois, Tullamore
  • Kerry v Limerick, Killarney

Division 2A:

  • Carlow v London, Dr Cullen Park (1pm)
  • Westmeath v Derry, Cusack Park
  • Antrim v Kildare, Ballycastle

Division 2B:

  • Donegal v Armagh, Letterkenny
  • Down v Wicklow, Newry
  • Meath v Mayo, Trim

Division 3A:

  • Roscommon v Monaghan, Athleague
  • Tyrone v Fingal, Omagh

Team news for you. Four changes on the Kilkenny team from last week’s loss to Waterford.Robert Lennon from All-Ireland intermediate club champions Bennettsbridge comes in at centre-back, Lester Ryan starts at midfield and there’s places in attack for James Maher and Kevin Kelly.

Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley, Jonjo Farrell and Mark Kelly make way.

Kilkenny

1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)

2. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)
3. Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
4. Shane Prendergast (Clara)

5. Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan)
6. Robert Lennon (Bennettsbridge)
7. Diarmuid Cody (James Stephens)

8. Lester Ryan (Clara)
9. Conor Fogarty (Erins Own)

10. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
11. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
12. James Maher (St Lachtains)

13. Walter Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon)
14. Kevin Kelly (St Patrick’s)
15. Richie Hogan (Danesfort)

Afternoon all, Fintan O’Toole here in Nowlan Park. We’re a half hour away from throw-in, no sign of either team on the pitch just yet but plenty supporters have already taken their seats.

Here’s a reminder of the Kilkenny and Tipp teams as named earlier this week. We’ll keep our ear to the ground for any late changes:

Kilkenny

1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)

2. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)
3. Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
4. Shane Prendergast (Clara)

5. Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan)
6. Robert Lennon (Bennettsbridge)
7. Diarmuid Cody (James Stephens)

8. Lester Ryan (Clara)
9. Conor Fogarty (Erins Own)

10. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
11. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
12. James Maher (St Lachtains)

13. Walter Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon)
14. Kevin Kelly (St Patrick’s)
15. Richie Hogan (Danesfort)

Tipperary

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3. Tomas Hamill (Moyne Templetuohy)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
6. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Michael Breen (Ballina)
9. Daire Quinn (Nenagh Éire Óg)

10. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh)
15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

Same again for Tipperary after last Saturday’s comprehensive win over Dublin.

Tipperary

1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3. Tomas Hamill (Moyne Templetuohy)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
6. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Michael Breen (Ballina)
9. Daire Quinn (Nenagh Éire Óg)

10. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh)
15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

And here’s the Kilkenny subs:

Richie Reid, Jackie Tyrrell, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley, Brian Kennedy, Conor O’Shea, Jonjo Farrell, Mark Kelly, Conor Martin, John Power, Michael Malone.

One late Tipperary change, John O’Dwyer in for Jason Forde who is ruled out through illness.

Here’s the Tipperary subs:

Darragh Mooney, Dylan Fitzelle, Joe Gallagher, Ronan Maher, John Meagher, Conor O’Brien, Niall O’Meara, Liam Ryan, Sean Ryan, Willie Ryan.

Fifteen minutes to throw-in around the country. Here’s a quick reminder of the named teams for our two featured games in 1B:

Wexford

1. Mark Fanning (Glynn Barntown)

2. Liam Ryan (Rapparees)
3. Matthew O’Hanlon (St James, capt)
4. James Breen (Adamstown)

5. Eoin Moore (Oulart-the-Ballagh)
6. Paudie Foley (Crossabeg/Ballymurn)
7. Shaun Murphy (Askamore/Kilrush)

8. Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers)
9. Eoin Conroy (Naomh Eanna)

10. Aidan Nolan (Half Way House/Bunclody)
11. Shane Tomkins (Askamore/Kilrush)
12. Harry Kehoe (Cloghbawn)

13. David Dunne (Davidstown/Courtnacuddy)
14. Andrew Shore (Parnell’s Dublin)
15. Podge Doran (Oylegate/Glenbrien)

Clare

1. Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona)

2. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber)
3. Cian Dillon (Crusheen) (Captain)
4. Paul Flanagan (Ballyea)

5. Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown/Kilmaley)
6. David McInerney (Tulla)
7. Jack Browne (Ballyea)

8. David Reidy (Éire Óg)
9. Conor Ryan (Cratloe)

10. Gearoid O’Connell (Ballyea)
11. Colin Ryan (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
12. A.N. Other

13. Aaron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones)
14. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg)
15. Conor McGrath (Cratloe)

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Kerry

1. Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw)

2. Sean Weir (Crotta O’Neills)
3. Bryan Murphy (Causeway)
4. Keith Carmody (Causeway)

5. Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley)
6. Darren Dineen (St Brendan’s)
7. Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley)

8. Patrick Kelly (Clarecastle – Clare)
9. Tommy Casey (Causeway)

10. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills)
11. Michael O’Leary (Abbeydorney)
12. Colum Harty (Causeway)

13. John Egan (St Brendan’s)
14. Mikey Boyle (Ballyduff)
15. Jack Goulding (Ballyduff)

Limerick

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)

2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry)
3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)
4. Richie English (Doon)

5. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)
6. Diarmaid Byrne (Patrickswell)
7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe Boher)

8. Darragh O Donovan (Doon)
9. Paul Browne (Bruff)

10. David Reidy (Dromon Athlacca)
11. Gavin O’Mahony (Kilmallock)
12. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)

13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
14. Declan Hannon (Adare)
15. Barry Nash (South Liberties)

A late Kilkenny change with John Power in for Richie Hogan in attack.

Late changes in Wexford Park: Two for Wexford with Andrew Kenny and Liam Óg McGovern starting in place of Eoin Conroy and Shane Tomkins.

And there are three changes in the Clare team — Jack Brown, Gearóid O’Connell and Aaron Shanagher are all in; Brendan Bugler, Colm Galvin and Darach Honan are out.

Wexford 0-1 Clare 0-0
2 mins — Podge Doran gets the opening score after two minutes in Wexford Park. Clare are playing into that stiff breeze in this first half.

Tipperary 0-1 Kilkenny 0-1
3 mins – All square now thanks to Kilkenny’s James Maher.

Tipperary 0-2 Kilkenny 0-1
4 mins – Another Tipperary goal chance, this time a rasping drive by John O’Dwyer is tipped over by Eoin Murphy.

Wexford 0-1 Clare 0-1
4 mins — Lee Chin clatters David Reidy and gets a yellow card for his trouble. Colin Ryan points the free and we’re all square again.

Tipperary 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0
1 mins – Massive early goal chance for Tipperary but Conor Kenny blasts over the bar. Great work by the McGrath brothers to cut open the Kilkenny defence.

Kerry 0-1 Limerick 0-0
4 mins — First point of the afternoon in Killarney and it goes to Michael O’Leary.

Wexford 0-2 Clare 0-1
7 mins — David Dunne edges Wexford back into the lead, but it’s followed up by a bad wide from Harry Kehoe.

Tipperary 0-3 Kilkenny 0-2
8 mins – Fine point from play by Conor Kenny, his second for Tipperary, and then TJ Reid snaps over a free for Kilkenny.

Offaly 0-2 Laois 0-2
9 mins — Ross King and PJ Scully hit two in a row to draw Laois level after a slow start.

Tipperary 0-5 Kilkenny 0-2
13 mins – Tipperary moving well, O’Dwyer lands a free and Noel McGrath chips in from play.

Wexford 0-4 Clare 0-3
15 mins — Colin Ryan is keeping the scoreboard ticking over for Clare in spite of the wind. Two frees has them back to within a point after 15 minutes.

Tipperary 0-7 Kilkenny 0-3
16 mins – John McGrath misses the chance to send Tipperary three clear from a free but John O’Dwyer obliges from play. Then Michael Breen adds another.

Kerry 0-2 Limerick 0-6
13 mins — David Reidy stretches Limerick’s advantage and they’re starting to get on top now.

Kerry 0-2 Limerick 1-9
18 mins — GOAL FOR LIMERICK! Shane Hannon scores as Limerick turn the screw. They’re 10 up already in Killarney.

Wexford 0-4 Clare 0-5
20 mins — And now Clare lead thanks to Conor McGrath.

Tipperary 0-8 Kilkenny 0-5
24 mins – Reid converts a ’65 after he was denied a goal by a James Barry block while John Power’s shot was thwarted by Darren Gleeson.

Tipperary 0-8 Kilkenny 0-4
22 mins – Four point advantage now for Tipperary thanks to John McGrath.

Tipperary 0-9 Kilkenny 0-5
27 mins – Another point for John McGrath, this time from play when he neatly clipped over a shot.

Offaly 0-5 Laois 0-4
22 mins — Still tight in Tullamore; Picky Maher draws Laois back to within a point again.

Wexford 0-4 Clare 0-7
27 mins — John Conlon, who passed a late fitness test to take his place in the starting XV, shows there’s little wrong with him and he stretches Clare’s advantage.

Kerry 1-4 Limerick 1-12
25 mins — GOAL FOR KERRY! Kerry dig in with a goal from Mikey Boyle. They still trail Limerick by eight though as Barry Nash responds for the Treaty.

Offaly 0-8 Laois 0-5
30 mins — Offaly have put a little bit of distances between themselves and Laois.

Tipperary 0-9 Kilkenny 0-8
34 mins – Super point by James Maher after a great crossfield ball by Reid.

Tipperary 0-9 Kilkenny 0-7
31 mins – The home fans in full voice now as Reid knocks over a free and James Maher finds his range from play. Reid’s free came after he was fouled himself with Padraic Maher shown a yellow card for the rash foul.

10,892 is the attendance in Nowlan Park.

Wexford 1-6 Clare 0-7
34 mins — GOAL FOR WEXFORD! Cian Dillon concedes a penalty and Wexford keeper Mark Fanning comes all the way to drill it to the net. Wexford lead as we approach the break.

Kerry 1-5 Limerick 1-16
34 mins — Limerick still comfortably in front as the first half nears a close.

HALF TIME: Offaly 0-9 Laois 0-6

Half-Time: Tipperary 0-9 Kilkenny 0-8

HALF TIME: Wexford 1-6 Clare 0-7
Mark Fanning’s penalty has Wexford in front but Clare will have the wind in the second half.

Second-half under way in Nowlan Park.

Wexford 1-7 Clare 0-8
37 mins — Andrew Shore gets the opening point of the second half to stretch Wexford’s lead to two.

Tipperary 0-11 Kilkenny 0-10
40 mins – Impressive long range point by Kilkenny half-back Padraig Walsh.

Tipperary 0-11 Kilkenny 0-8
36 mins – Splendid start to second-half by Tipperary as John O’Dwyer and John McGrath notch points.

Wexford 1-8 Clare 0-8
42 mins — Harry Kehoe points a free and it’s Wexford who are making light of the wind now to assert themselves.

Tipperary 0-11 Kilkenny 0-9
39 mins – TJ Reid on target for Kilkenny with a point from a free.

Offaly 0-10 Laois 0-9
40 mins — Laois launch their comeback early in the second half, but Shane Dooley’s point has Offaly’s noses in front.

Wexford 1-8 Clare 0-9
45 mins — Colin Ryan launches a free from halfway and it’s carried by the wind over the bar. Two-point game.

Tipperary 0-11 Kilkenny 0-11
43 mins – TJ Reid steps up for Kilkenny and brings them level.

Tipperary 0-12 Kilkenny 0-12
47 mins – Points traded as Tipperary’s Noel McGrath and Kilkenny’s James Maher both register scores. That’s four now for Maher today.

Kerry 1-7 Limerick 1-17
42 mins — Not much more to report here. Declan Hannon’s free puts 10 between the sides again.

Wexford 1-10 Clare 0-10
50 mins — Harry Kehoe is getting plenty of opportunity to keep Wexford’s score ticking over with frees. Jack Browne posts a quick response for the visitors.

Wexford 1-10 Clare 0-11
51 mins — Clare’s subs are making their impact felt now and Bobby Duggan creates the chance for David Reidy, who points. Two in it.

Tipperary 0-13 Kilkenny 0-12
48 mins – Noel McGrath wins a break and plays in brother John for a fine point.

Tipperary 0-14 Kilkenny 0-13
53 mins – Still really tight here with TJ Reid firing over a free after O’Dwyer hit a ’65 for Tipperary. Ronan Maher and Niall O’Meara in for Tipperary for Daire Quinn and Conor Kenny.

Limerick 1-18 Kerry 1-8
49 mins

Offaly 0-12 Laois 0-11
48 mins — PJ Scully points for Laois, and they’re hanging tough to stay in this one.

Wexford 1-10 Clare 0-11
57 mins — Still just the two points in it at Wexford Park with a little more than 10 minutes to play.

Offaly 0-14 Laois 0-11
50 mins — Two quick points for Offaly.

Tipperary 0-15 Kilkenny 0-13
58 mins – Slight breathing space for Tipperary as O’Dwyer’s free sends them two clear.

Wexford 1-10 Clare 0-12
59 mins — Great stop by Mark Fanning to deny Clare a goal. Colin Ryan points the 65 and we’re all set for a grandstand finish here.

Wexford 1-10 Clare 0-12
61 mins — Chance for Lee Chin but it’s right and wide.

Offaly 0-15 Laois 0-13
57 mins — Still little to choose between them in Tullamore as Shane Dooley and Willie Hyland trade points.

Tipperary 0-15 Kilkenny 0-14
61 mins – Walter Walsh cuts the gap that Kilkenny face to one.

Wexford 1-11 Clare 0-13
65 mins — David Dunne is fouled and it leaves Harry Kehoe with a free from about 30 metres out to nudge Wexford back into the lead.

Wexford 1-10 Clare 0-13
62 mins — BIG score from Bobby Duggan who wins the ball out beyond the 65 and points. All square.

Tipperary 0-16 Kilkenny 0-14
62 mins – O’Dwyer free now for Tipperary, two-point lead restored.

Offaly 0-16 Laois 0-13
62 mins — Shane Kinsella has Offaly three up. They’ve led for so long — can they hang on for the points?

Wexford 1-11 Clare 0-16
68 mins — Colin Ryan again! Clare have left it late but it could be enough.

Wexford 1-11 Clare 0-17
69 mins — That could be the game — Bobby Duggan hits his second of the afternoon and Clare are three in front with the 70 minutes nearly up.

Wexford 1-11 Clare 0-14
66 mins — Jack Browne from dowwwwwwwntown! Clare are level again.

Kilkenny 1-16 Tipperary 0-17
69 mins – Advantage Kilkenny after that goal by Kevin Kelly, assist by Jonjo Farrell.

Wexford 1-11 Clare 0-18
70 mins — Colin Ryan points a free and that will be that, you feel.

Wexford 1-11 Clare 0-15
67 mins — CLARE LEAD! A Colin Ryan free. Three minutes left.

Kerry 1-12 Limerick 1-18
65 mins — Limerick have made a few changes but Kerry have stuck to their task and cut the deficit back to six as we near the finish in Killarney.

Kilkenny 2-16 Tipperary 0-18
73 mins – That looks like it will be that, Kelly burying a second goal.

Offaly 1-17 Laois 0-13
70 mins — GOAL FOR OFFALY! That should be that as Liam Langton gets the goal that should finally kill Laois off.

Late smash and grab win for Kilkenny as they claim first victory of the league campaign.

FULL TIME: Kerry 1-15 Limerick 1-19

Kerry won the second half by 0-10 to 0-3, but it wasn’t enough to overturn that first-half deficit.

So that’s it from today’s main hurling action.

Kilkenny left it late to snatch the points against Tipp, while Clare, Limerick and Offaly did their promotion prospects no harm in 1B.

We’ll have more reaction over the course of the afternoon and evening. Thanks for reading.

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