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IT’S A BIG night in the Allianz hurling league and we’re following the action from Páirc Uí Rinn and the Fraher Field.

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Division 1A: Cork 1-24 Clare 0-17
Division 1B: Waterford 3-21 Laois 0-12


Evening and welcome along to our coverage of tonight’s Allianz hurling league action. We’re focusing mainly on the Cork-Clare game that we’re at in Páirc Uí Rinn but we’ll also keep an eye on Waterford-Laois in Dungarvan.

Here’s the starting teams.


1. Anthony Nash

2. Damien Cahalane
3. Christopher Joyce
4. Conor O’Sullivan

5. Lorcán McLoughlin
6. Mark Ellis
7. Cormac Murphy

8. Daniel Kearney
9. Aidan Walsh

10. Conor Lehane
11. Seamus Harnedy
12. Rob O’Shea

13. Alan Cadogan
14. Luke O’Farrell
15. Patrick Horgan


1. Patrick Kelly

2. Domhnall O’Donovan
3. Cian Dillon
4. Jack Browne

5. Conor Cleary
6. Conor Ryan
7. Patrick O’Connor

8. Brendan Bugler
9. Colin Ryan

10. Patrick Donnellan
11. Bobby Duggan
12. Colm Galvin

13. John Conlon
14. Shane O’Donnell
15. David Reidy

Here’s the starting Waterford side:


1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)

5. Tadhg de Búrca (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)

8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Tom Devine (Modeligo)

10. Kevin Moran (c, De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)

13. Brian O’Halloran (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)
14. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
15. Michael Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)

Huge amount at stake in Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork were defeated last week by Kilkenny at home while Clare lost away to Galway. Another defeat for either would leave them with a major task to survive in Division 1A.

Huge amount at stake in Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork were defeated last week by Kilkenny at home while Clare lost away to Galway. Another defeat for either would leave them with a major task to survive in Division 1A.

Referee tonight is Tipperary’s Johnny Ryan.

Here’s the Cork subs:

Patrick Collins, Shane O’Neill, Killian Burke, Brian O’Sullivan, Patrick Cronin, Cian McCarthy, Brian Lawton, Stephen Moylan, Paudie O’Sullivan, Darren McCarthy, Anthony Spillane.

And here’s the Clare subs:

Donal Tuohy, Paul Flanagan, Seadna Morey, Cillian Duggan, Shane Golden, Conor McGrath, Aaron Cunningham, Cathal O’Connell, Stephen O’Halloran, Gearóid O’Connell, Daire Keane.


Some interesting Clare positional changes. Conor Cleary to centre-back, Conor Ryan to the wing, Colm Galvin to midfield, Colin Ryan to centre-forward and Bobby Duggan to the wing.


Clare 0-3 Cork 0-1
Early burst of scores. Patrick Horgan knocks over a free for Cork before Colin Ryan ties the teams by pointing a free, Bobby Duggan strikes a great score from play and John Conlon adds Clare’s third point.


Waterford 0-1 Laois 0-1
Zane Keenan and Pauric Mahony swaps points in Dungarvan.


Clare 0-4 Cork 0-2
Points traded by Colin Ryan from a ’65 and Patrick Horgan from play. Lively start.


Clare 0-5 Cork 0-3
Colm Galvin pops over a lovely point for Clare but Cork hit back straight away as Conor Lehane surges through before firing over off his left.


Waterford 0-3 Laois 0-2
Point by Brian O’Halloran edges Waterford ahead.


Clare 0-6 Cork 0-5
Relentless stuff so far in the scoring stakes. Horgan and Alan Cadogan draw Cork level before Colin Ryan caps a lung-bursting run by smashing over a point for Clare.


Cork 0-6 Clare 0-6
All square now as Patrick Horgan converts a free for Cork.


Clare 0-7 Cork 0-6
You can’t but be impressed by Colin Ryan’s marksmanship. He’s just knocked over a long-range free to put Clare back ahead.


Laois 0-4 Waterford 0-3
Laois gone in front courtesy of Zane Keenan.


Clare 0-8 Cork 0-6
Second tie tonight Clare have used a line ball wisely and it culminates in Brendan Bugler swinging over a point off his left.

Goal for Cork from Luke O’Farrell!


Clare 0-9 Cork 1-6
Great point from play for Clare by Colm Galvin but the crucial score arrives from Cork as Luke O’Farrell rockets a shot to the top corner of the net.


Clare 0-10 Cork 1-6
Conlon weighs in with a fine point for Clare.


Waterford 0-5 Laois 0-5
All square in Dungarvan courtesy of a pointed free from Zane Keenan for Laois.


Clare 0-10 Cork 1-7
Great covering work by Daniel Kearney for Cork in gathering the ball. He outsprints Conor Ryan, who slips, and then the Sarsfields man calmly despatches a point.


Cork 1-11 Clare 0-10
Cork string a nice run of scores. Luke O’Farrell and Cormac Murphy on target from play, Horgan from a ’65 and then from play. They go four clear. It could have been better for Cork as well but twice Horgan was denied goals by brave saves from Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly.


Cork 1-12 Clare 0-12
Points swapped from frees by Colin Ryan and Horgan.


Waterford 0-8 Laois 0-8
Pauric Mahony ties the teams again by pointing a free for Waterford.

Half-Time: Cork 1-12 Clare 0-12; Waterford 0-11 Laois 0-8.


We’re under way for the second-half action. Clare have brought on Conor McGrath for David Reidy at half-time while Seadna Morey came on just before the break for Domhnall O’Donovan.


Cork 1-14 Clare 0-12
Two quick points for Cork from Patrick Horgan.


Cork 1-14 Clare 0-13
Fine point off his right by John Conlon for Clare and the gap is cut to four.


Waterford 0-13 Laois 0-9
A four-point advantage now for the Deise in the Fraher Field.

Cork 1-15 Clare 0-13
Horgan slots over his tenth point of the game.


Clare 1-15 Cork 0-14
Fine point from Bobby Duggan and Clare cut the gap to four.


Cork 1-17 Clare 0-14
Cork dictating this game now. Horgan from a free and then Walsh from play. The home side are in full voice now.


Waterford 1-15 Laois 0-9
Decisive goal for Waterford from Shane Bennett as they go eight points clear of Laois.

Cork 1-19 Clare 0-15
Cork starting to turn the screw with Conor Lehane launching over a beauty.


Few Clare goal chances but Conor McGrath, John Conlon and then McGrath again are all denied by Nash.


Subs: Cork bring in Patrick Cronin and Stephen Moylan for Rob O’Shea and Aidan Walsh.


Waterford 2-19 Laois 0-9
Looks like game over in Dungarvan with Pauric Mahony bagging Waterford’s second goal of the night.


Cork 1-22 Clare 0-16
Now a nine-point lead for Cork with Horgan having struck 0-14 tonight.


Cork 1-24 Clare 0-17
Ten point lead now for Cork with Anthony Nash and Seamus Harnedy embellishing their position.

All over and Cork defeat Clare by 1-24 to 0-17.

And Waterford defeat Laois by 3-21 to 0-12.

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