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Cathal Noonan/INPHO Eanna Martin (left) in action for Sarsfields against Kilmallock in last year's Munster club hurling semi-final.
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One Wexford player got some hurling joy last night on the Cork club scene
It was a busy day for Eanna Martin.

THERE WAS LITTLE to cheer about for the Wexford hurlers yesterday afternoon as they were handed a huge beating by Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.

A 24-point defeat in the Leinster semi-final sends Wexford back to the drawing board but one of their players did get some consolation out of his hurling action yesterday.

Eanna Martin came on as a late substitute at the game in Nowlan Park which started at 2pm before then travelling 155km to line out for his club Sarsfields in the Cork senior hurling championship last night in Páirc Uí Rinn.

The Cork club game started at 7.45pm with Martin starting at centre-back as the reigning county senior champions Sarsfields returned to winning ways with a 0-15 to 1-7 victory.

Eanna Martin Lorraine O'Sullivan / INPHO Eanna Martin in action in goal for Wexford against Cork in 2012. Lorraine O'Sullivan / INPHO / INPHO

Sarsfields, who have won four of the last seven county senior titles in Cork, lost out to Newtownshandrum in the opening round but bounced back to claim a four-point victory in a game that was a repeat of the 2012 county senior hurling final.

And after this morning’s qualifier draw pitted Wexford against Cork, Martin will be going up against club mates Daniel and William Kearney in Round 1 of the All-Ireland senior hurling qualifiers on 4 July.

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Jake Dillon tackles Daniel Kearney Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cork hurler Daniel Kearney. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

Elsewhere in the Cork senior hurling championship at the weekend, Youghal defeated Killeagh by 0-12 to 0-11 and Blackrock saw off St Finbarr’s by 2-11 to 0-15 in second round clashes to ease their relegation fears.

The third round games, which also double up as relegation semi-finals, will now see Bishopstown meet St Finbarr’s in a city derby while Carrigtwohill take on Killeagh in an east Cork derby.

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