Bryan Keane/INPHO Billy Ryan of Kilkenny and Conor Shaw.
Kilkenny open Leinster defence with straightforward win over Westmeath
Clare footballers advance to Munster final after victory against Limerick.

Leinster SHC 

  • Kilkenny 0-29 Westmeath 0-7

Munster SFC

  • Clare 1-16 Limerick 0-16


KILKENNY SCORED A facile 22-point win against Westmeath at UPMC Nowlan Park to open their Leinster SHC defence.  

The Cats, chasing a fourth consecutive provincial title, welcomed Ballyhale star TJ Reid back to the side for the first time since last season’s narrow All-Ireland defeat to Limerick.

The decorated full-forward finished with 0-9, with 0-5 coming from placed balls. He had a penalty saved by Noel Conaty, as Kilkenny did not manage to raise a green flag throughout despite their dominance. 

Westmeath managed just four points from play in a game they never lead. The Lakesiders face Dublin in Parnell Park next, while Kilkenny will face a far sterner test from Galway, who travel to Nowlan Park next Sunday.  

Meanwhile, the Clare footballers booked a place in the Munster final against Kerry after an exciting 1-16 – 0-16 win over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.

The Banner also qualified for the All-Ireland group stage as a result of this victory.

Keelan Sexton scored the only goal of the game, his strike after two minutes eventually proving to be the difference between the sides in an end-to-end game.

Limerick took the lead in the last quarter after hitting five points in a row, but Clare composed themselves and and points from Eoin Cleary, Daniel Walsh, Emmett McMahon and Cilliane Rouine saw them through to the Munster final with the Kingdom.  

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