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HELLO AND WELCOME to our coverage of today’s Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A and 1B games.

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Hello there, you’re looking well.

As you can see above, we’ll have full coverage of today’s four Allianz Hurling League Division 1A and 1B.

We’ll also have on the following:

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A

Derry v Carlow, 12.45pm
Wicklow v London, 1pm
Kerry v Westmeath, 1pm

Allianz Hurling League Division 2B

Mayo v Down, 2pm

Allianz Hurling League Division 3A

Fermanagh v Tyrone, 2pm
Fingal v Roscommon, 2pm
Louth v Monaghan, 2pm

Allianz Hurling League Division 3B

Leitrim v Longford, 2pm

Here are the teams for today’s first game:


1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)

2. Stephen Walsh (Glenroe)
3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)
4. Seamus Hickey (Murroe Boher)

5. Tom Condon (Knockaderry)
6. Wayne McNamara (Adare)
7. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)

8. James Ryan (Garryspillane)
9. Paul Browne (Bruff)

10. John Fitzgibbon (Adare)
11. Donal O’Grady (Capt) (Granagh Ballingarry)
12. Declan Hannon (Adare)

13. David Reidy (Dromin Athlacca)
14. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
15. David Breen (Na Piarsaigh)


1. Mark Fanning (Glynn/Barntown)

2. Liam Ryan (Rapparees)
3. Matthew O’Hanlon (Capt) (St James)
4. Ciaran Kenny (Buffers Alley)

5. Paudie Foley (Crossabeg/Ballymurn)
6. Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers)
7. Andrew Shore (Parnells – Dublin)

8. David Redmond (Oulart-the-Ballagh)
9. Diarmuid O’Keeffe (St Anne’s)

10. Jack Guiney (Rathnure)
11. Daithi Waters (St Martin’s)
12. Ian Byrne (Ferns St Aidan’s)

13. Paul Morris (Ferns St Aidan’s)
14. Conor McDonald (Naomh Eanna)
15. Podge Doran (Oylegate/Glenbrien)

There’s also an injury for Tom Condon so Conor Allis will come in at wing back for Limerick.

The game is under way with Wexford on the attack.


Limerick 0-1 Wexford 0-0:

Shane Dowling and David Breen combine for the first score of the game. Great work from Dowling to field the high ball.


Limerick 0-3 Wexford 0-1:

Liam Og McGovern — who wasn’t even on the match programme — levels things up for the hosts but John Fitzgibbon helps Limerick back into a two point lead.


Limerick 0-3 Wexford 0-1:

Ian Byrne looked sure to raise to first green flag of the afternoon but a wonderful save by Nickie Quaid denies him a goal.

Guiney’s 65 goes well wide.


GOAL! – Wexford 1-1 Limerick 0-3 


Wexford 1-2 Limerick 0-4:

Wayne McNamara levels things up after Liam Og Mcgovern brought his tally to 1-1.

Ian Byrne puts Wexford one point up again.


Wexford 1-2 Limerick 0-4:

Some poor shot selection from both sides means they’ve combined for six wides already.


GOAL! Limerick 1-4 Wexford 1-2


Limerick 1-4 Wexford 1-2:

After five minutes with no score, John Fitzgibbon grabs Limerick’s first goal of the game to put the visitors two points ahead.


GOAL! Wexford 2-2 Limerick 1-4:


Wexford 2-3 Limerick 1-4:

Jack Guiney grabs Wexford’s second goal of the game. End to end stuff this now.

Paul Morris adds a points for the hosts.


Wexford 2-4 Limerick 1-4:

Paul Morris stretches Wexford’s lead to three points.


Wexford 2-5 Limerick 1-6:

Shane Dowling, Harry Kehoe and Declan Hannon share scores.


Wexford 2-7 Limerick 1-6:

Back to back points stretches Wexford’s lead even further.


GOAL! Wexford 3-8 Limerick 1-6:


Wexford 3-8 Limerick 1-7:

Jack Guiney’s free makes it a five point game before McGovern has his second goal of the game.

Shane Dowling points for Limerick.


Wexford 3-8 Limerick 1-8:

Gap back to six with David Reidy’s first point of the afternoon.

Wexford 3-8 Limerick 1-9:

John Fitzgibbon the pick of the Limerick forwards so far and he adds another point to his tally.


GOAL! Wexford 3-8 Limerick 2-9:


Wexford 3-8 Limerick 2-9:

MASSIVE stroke of luck for Limerick as Shane Dowling’s mis-hit free drops straight into the Wexford net. How’s your luck?


Wexford 3-8 Limerick 2-9:

After a raft of scoring we’d a bit of a lull there for the last five minutes.


Wexford 3-9 Limerick 2-9:

Paul Morris puts a goal between the sides with two minutes of injury time to play.

Wexford 3-9 Limerick 2-9:

And that’s that for the first half. 5-18 combined between the two sides, very exciting stuff.

Doesn’t look to be any changes for Limerick  as the start of the second half is delayed by the home side failing to emerge in Innovate Wexford Park.

Those oranges must be great.

And we’re finally under way…


Wexford 3-9 Limerick 2-9:

Both teams start the second half by dropping the ball into the goalkeeper’s hands.

Team news for Tipperary:

Don’t forget, we’ll have coverage of the following games form 2pm:

Clare v Tipperary
Galway v Kilkenny
Antrim v Laois (1B)


Wexford 3-10 Limerick 2-9:

It’s taken five minutes but Jack Guiney has the first point of the second half.


GOAL! Wexford 3-10 Limerick 3-9:

Declan Hannon pulls on it in the area and there’s just one between them. Nice work from Shane Dowling in the build up again.


Wexford 3-11 Limerick 3-10:

Shane Dowling keeps Limerick just one back.


Wexford 3-12 Limerick 3-11:

Jack Guiney makes it a two-point game playing with the breeze in the second half. However, Shane Dowling immediately scores from a free.


Wexford 3-12 Limerick 3-12:

And the sides are level!


Tipperary 0-1 Clare 0-0:

John O’Dwyer gets the first score of the 2pm throw-ins.


Tipperary 0-2 Clare 0-0: 

Make that a two point lead for Tipp as Seamus Callanan points a free.


Wexford 3-14 Limerick 3-12:

Jack Guiney puts Wexford back into the narrowest of leads before Podge Doran doubles it.


Kilkenny 0-2 Galway 0-0:

Points from William Phelan and Richie Hogan has given Kilkenny the early advantage in Pearse Stadium.


Wexford 3-15 Limerick 3-13:

Redmond and Dowling swap points with just over ten minutes to play.


Tipperary 0-3 Clare 0-1:

John McGrath stretches Tipp’s lead to three before Clare finally get on the score sheet.


Wexford 3-17 Limerick 3-14:

Three between them entering the final five minutes.


Kilkenny 0-3 Galway 0-2:

Jason Flynn makes it a one point game.


GOAL! Limerick 4-14 Wexford 3-17:

The sides are level! David Breen with the visitors’ fourth goal of the afternoon.


Galway 0-3 Kilkenny 0-3:

Jason Flynn levels things up.


Wexford 3-18 Limerick 4-14 :

Jack Guiney puts Wexford one up with a close range free.


Wexford 3-18 Limerick 4-15:

It’s 27 apiece thanks to Shane Dowling’s free.


Limerick 4-16 Wexford 3-18:

Seanie O’Brien puts Limerick one point up in stoppage time.

Limerick 4-16 Wexford 3-18:

A one point win for Limerick and Wexford will wonder how they lost that game.


Laois 0-3 Antrim 0-2:

Laois hold a slight advantage in the other Division 1B game.


Kilkenny 0-5 Galway 0-4:

Lester Ryan gives the visitors a narrow lead.


Clare 0-4 Tipperary 0-4:

Clare having reeled Tipperary back in with points from Shane O’Donnell and Colin Ryan.

The views of all Wexford fans after that game… probably


Tipperary 0-8 Clare 0-7:

John O’Dwyer doing most of the damage for Tipperary so far, they lead by one point with less than ten minutes to the break.


Galway 0-8 Kilkenny 0-6:

Jason Flynn and Dean Higgins are helping the home side take control of proceedings in Galway.


Tipperary 0-10 Clare 0-9:

There’s very little between these two but Tipp just hold the edge with three minutes to half time.


Galway 0-11 Kilkenny 0-6:

Jason Flynn is putting in a masterclass in free-taking as Galway lead Kilkenny by five at Pearse Stadium.


Laois 0-10 Antrim 1-4:

Despite Paul Shiels goal, it’s Laois who are having the best of the first half in this one.


Tipperary 0-12 Clare 0-9:

Michael Breen puts three between the teams in injury time.


Galway 0-11 Kilkenny 0-8:

Richie Hogan’s place ball accuracy reduces the gap.

Galway 0-11 Kilkenny 0-8

Tipperary 0-13 Clare 0-9:

A Callanan point just before the break sends Tipp in with a four point lead.

Laois 0-11 Antrim 1-5

Here’s a full round up of the latest scores outside the games we’re covering (HT unless stated)

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A

Carlow 1-15 Derry 1-13 (FT)
Westmeath 3-18 Kerry 0-12

Allianz Hurling League Division 2B

Down 1-6 Mayo 0-7

Allianz Hurling League Division 3A

Tyrone 3-5 Fermanagh 1-4
Roscommon 1-14 Fingal 0-6
Louth 1-11 Monaghan 2-6

Allianz Hurling League Division 3B

Longford 1-10 Leitrim 0-5


Tipperary 0-15 Clare 0-10:

Breen starts the second half with score and Tipp’s lead is five points in a game Clare badly need to win.


Galway 0-12 Kilkenny 0-9:

Jason Flynn and Richie Hogan exchange points to start the second period at Pearse Stadium.


GOAL! Tipperary 1-15 Clare 0-12

Noel McGrath looks to have set Tipperary well on their way to a win. Still a long way to go but Clare need scores soon.


Galway 0-14 Kilkenny 0-11:

Galway can’t pull away and Kilkenny can’t seem to close the gap to more than three. Tight game in Pearse Stadium, Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan with the latest scores for the Cats.


Antrim 1-9 Laois 0-12:

A great start to the second half from Antrim has seen them draw level with Laois.


Tipperary 1-17 Clare 0-14:

Seamus Callanan stretches Tipperary’s lead to six.


Galway 0-16 Kilkenny 0-12:

After John Power hits the post, another Jason Flynn free makes it a four point game again.


Tipperary 1-17 Clare 0-16:

Maybe Clare are not out of this one just yet. The gap comes down to four points.


Galway 0-17 Kilkenny 0-14:

It’s a cliché that goals win games but you get the feeling that whoever finds the back of the net first in Galway will come out on top in this one.


Galway 0-17 Kilkenny 0-15:

Another Kilkenny  point, another Richie Hogan free.


Tipperary 1-18 Clare 0-18:

And there are just three between the teams now. Can Clare get something out of this with ten minutes to play?


GOAL! Laois 1-14 Antrim 1-11 :

Paddy Purcell puts Laois three points up.


Galway 0-18 Kilkenny 0-16:

There’s just two between them again as Canning and Ryan exchange points.


Tipperary 1-18 Clare 0-19:

Conor Ryan — with his fifth score from play — makes it a two point game.


Laois 1-16 Antrim 1-11:

It looks like Laois are going to take this spoils in this one as Ben Conroy puts them five up with seven to play.


GOAL! Tipperary 2-18 Clare 0-20

There goes any hope of a comeback as James Woodlock edges Clare closer to relegation with Tipp’s second maximum of the game.


Galway 0-19 Kilkenny 0-17:

It’s not looking great for Kilkenny, two points in it with two to play at Pearse Stadium.


Galway 0-19 Kilkenny 0-18:

Jonjo Farrell makes it a one point game.


Tipperary 2-19 Clare 0-20:

Tipp’s lead is now five points as they close out the game.


Galway 0-20 Kilkenny 0-18:

Joe Canning puts two between the teams.

Tipperary 2-19 Clare 0-20, Galway 0-20 Kilkenny 0-18

And that’s it from me. Thanks for joining us. We’ll have all the wraps and reports from today’s action up ASAP.

About the author:

Steve O'Rourke