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Afternoon all and welcome along to today’s Allianz Hurling League coverage.

Here are the main games, we’ll be keeping track of.

Division 1A
Kilkenny v Cork, Nowlan Park, 2pm
Tipperary v Clare, Semple Stadium, 3pm

Division 1B
Galway v Laois, Pearse Stadium, 2pm
Wexford v Kerry, Innovate Wexford Park, 2pm

It’s been a brilliant start so far to life with Wexford for Davy Fitzgerald as they’ve claimed victories over Limerick and Galway to now be in pole position for promotion.

Kilkenny 0-2 Cork 0-0
2 mins – Flying start from Kilkenny with TJ Reid and Eoin Murphy both converting frees.

Early yellow card for Cork’s Killian Burke.

Galway 0-6 Laois 0-0
The home side in control early on in Pearse Stadium.

Kilkenny 0-3 Cork 0-1
5 mins – Points swapped. Conor Lehane from a free for Cork and then Walter Walsh from play for Kilkenny.


Podge Collins Warm up for the Clare hurlers in the tunnel in Semple Stadium. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Wexford 0-2 Kerry 0-2
Two Lee Chin points so far for Wexford, Kerry reply each time through Brian Murphy and John Buckley.

Kilkenny 0-3 Cork 0-2
8 mins – Shane Kingston finds Alan Cadogan in space and the combination play between the Douglas duo results in a point.

Kilkenny 0-4 Cork 0-4
11 mins – Richie Leahy stretches Kilkenny’s lead before Seamus Harnedy and Lehane are on target to reel them in.

Wexford 0-3 Kerry 0-3
11 mins – Kerry making it interesting at the moment, still level with the Division 1B league leaders.

Galway 0-11 Laois 0-2
11 mins – Galway are running riot in Pearse Stadium, looks grim already for Laois.

Kerry 0-4 Wexford 0-3
Padraig Boyle puts over a free to put Kerry, who are backed by the wind, in front.

Kilkenny 0-5 Cork 0-5
14 mins – Points swapped by TJ Reid from a free and Bill Cooper from play.

Kilkenny 0-6 Cork 0-5
16 mins – Reid from a free pushes Kilkenny back in front.

Kilkenny 0-6 Cork 0-6
17 mins – It’s tight and closely contested so far in Nowlan Park. A free from Cork’s Conor Lehane leaves the sides level.

Galway 0-13 Laois 0-3
18 mins – An impressive 10-point lead now for Galway. Jason Flynn, Padraic Mannion, Joseph Cooney, Conor Cooney and Aidan Harte amongst their point-scorers to date.

Kilkenny 0-7 Cork 0-6
20 mins – A majestic point by TJ Reid, his first from play, and Kilkenny are back in front.

Wexford 0-6 Kerry 0-4
A little bit of daylight between the teams now as Paul Morris notches a point for Wexford.

Sub: Cork bring in Cormac Murphy for the injured Daniel Kearney.

Brian Cody Kilkenny boss Brian Cody. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

Kieran Kingston with Christopher Joyce before the game Pre-match chat between Cork's Kieran Kingston and Christopher Joyce.

Kilkenny 0-8 Cork 0-7
25 mins – Richie Hogan from play for his first of the day and Conor Lehane from a free for his fourth of the day.

Wexford 0-7 Kerry 0-4
Jack O’Connor is fouled and the free is slotted over by Conor McDonald to increase the gap to three points.

Kilkenny 0-9 Cork 0-7
29 mins – Reid fires over a free and then is just off target from play after an excellent flowing move by Kilkenny cut open the Cork rearguard.

Kilkenny 0-10 Cork 0-8
34 mins – Points traded from frees by Reid and Lehane.

Kilkenny 0-11 Cork 0-9
36 mins – Lehane hits over a wonderful free but that’s quickly cancelled out by Richie Hogan.

Kerry 0-7 Wexford 0-7
Paudie O’Connor brings Kerry level.

Galway 0-20 Laois 0-4
Thomas Monaghan on target as Galway reach the 20-point mark.

A Conor Lehane ’65 sees Cork cut the deficit to a single point at the break.

Sub: Kilkenny bring in Shane Prendergast at half time for Kieran Joyce.

Bill Cooper is tackled by Conor Fogarty Bill Cooper is tackled by Conor Fogarty.

Dean Brosnan with Kieran Joyce Dean Brosnan under pressure from Kieran Joyce. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

Cork 0-11 Kilkenny 0-11
37 mins – Conor Lehane brings Cork level early in the second half.

Kilkenny 0-12 Cork 0-12
39 mins – Cillian Buckley points from play and Lehane bangs over a ’65. Cork could have netted before that ’65 but Eoin Murphy was equal to Cormac Murphy’s well-struck shot.

Game on in Thurles.

Donal Og Cusack with Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor The Clare management team of Donal Óg Cusack, Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor before throw-in. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Wexford 1-9 Kerry 0-7
A five-point lead now for Wexford.

Galway 1-23 Laois 0-7
The Galway captain hits the net and it looks like game over in Salthill.

Kilkenny 0-15 Cork 0-12
43 mins – Walter Walsh with a brace and one from Reid sends Kilkenny clear by three.

Tipperary 0-4 Clare 0-0
3 mins – Brendan Maher and John McGrath on target so far for Tipperary.

Kilkenny 0-18 Cork 0-12
45 mins – The gap is steadily increasing. Richie Hogan (2) and Conor Martin both point to increase the gap to six.

Tipperary 0-5 Clare 0-1
8 mins – First point of the day for Clare comes from Podge Collins.

Galway 1-25 Laois 0-7
40 mins – Joe Canning with the latest Galway point.

Kilkenny 0-19 Cork 0-13
51 mins – Cork grab a  point back through Dean Brosnan but Richie Leahy quickly responds for Kilkenny.

Wexford 2-11 Kerry 0-8
Davy Fitzgerald’s side well in control now.

Tipperary 0-6 Clare 0-2
13 mins – John Conlon pulls a  point back for Clare.

Kilkenny 0-20 Cork 0-13
55 mins – Richie Leahy raises another white flag for Kilkenny with a glorious shot from the sideline.

Brilliant save by Anthony Nash to deny Colin Fennelly finding the net for Kilkenny.

Subs: Cork bring in Patrick Horgan and Stephen McDonnnell for Killian Burke and Shane Kingston.

Kilkenny 0-20 Cork 0-14
58 mins – Gap is back to six thanks to Conor Lehane.

Tipperary 0-7 Clare 0-5
Two point advantage for the home side in Thurles.

John Conlon with the latest Clare point.

Tipperary 0-8 Clare 0-8
David Reidy brings the Banner level. They’ve recovered well from a bad start to this game.

Galway 3-29 Laois 1-10
Quite the beating Galway have handed out at Pearse Stadium today.

Clare 0-11 Tipperary 0-8
Big turnaround by Clare as Podge Collins points.

Clare 0-11 Tipperary 0-10
John McGrath points a free and now there’s only one between them in Thurles.

A good day’s work then in Division 1B for Galway and Wexford while Kilkenny claim their first victory of the campaign in Division 1A.

Clare 0-11 Tipperary 0-11
Noel McGrath brings Tipperary level early in the second half.

Tipperary 0-13 Clare 0-12
41 mins – The home side back in front in Thurles.

Tipperary 0-15 Clare 0-12
45 mins  - Noel and John McGrath both point, three in it now.

Tipperary 0-16 Clare 0-13
48 mins – Fourth point of the day for Podge Collins.

Tipperary 0-18 Clare 0-14
53 mins – Dan McCormack with Tipperary’s latest score.

Tipperary 0-19 Clare 0-15
55 mins – John McGrath fires over a point, he’s been excellent today.

Tipperary 0-22 Clare 0-15
60 mins – Tipperary pulling clear now, seven points to the good.

Tipperary 0-22 Clare 0-16
Debutant Ian Galvin notches a point for Clare.

Tipperary 0-22 Clare 0-17
Ian Galvin registers another point for Clare.

Tipperary 0-22 Clare 0-18
Seadna Morey with Clare’s third point on the bounce.

Tipperary 0-23 Clare 0-20
68 mins – Galvin has made a real impression since coming on, now only three between the sides.

Tipperary 0-27 Clare 0-20
71 mins – Tipperary putting the game to bed now, newcomer Paul Flynn on target.

A seven-point win for Tipperary and that rounds off today’s hurling coverage. Thanks for joining in.

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Fintan O'Toole