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Division 1 Group A

Westmeath 1-14 Cork 3-12

Division 1 Group B

Wexford 1-16 Kilkenny 1-14

Division 2A

Mayo 1-13 Wicklow 1-16 

Division 3A

Longford 0-9 Armagh 0-9

Monaghan 1-7 Tyrone 2-17

Louth 1-10 Donegal 2-9

Good afternoon and welcome to The42′s live coverage of today’s Allianz hurling league action, well what’s left of the fixtures anyway.

Storm Dennis has already claimed two games, with Galway and Tipperary’s game called off as well as the meeting of Limerick and Waterford. The latter fixture was originally scheduled for yesterday evening.

As it stands, Westmeath v Cork, Clare v Laois and Wexford v Kilkenny are still going ahead at 2pm.

But Clare v Laois must undergo a pitch inspection shortly so we could be losing another game today.

Either way, we’ll be bringing you all the drama as it unfolds so do stay with us.

It looks like Clare v Laois is going ahead at 2pm

Here’s the teams that have been named for today’s Division 1 outings:

Cork

1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)

2. Sean O’ Leary – Hayes (Midleton)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)

5. Tim o’ Mahony (Newtownshandrum)
6. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
7. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)

8. Chris O’ Leary (Valley Rovers)
9. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

10. Robbie O’ Flynn (Erins Own)
11. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas)
12. Conor Lehane (Midleton)

13. Declan Dalton (Fr O’ Neills)
14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers) 
15. Jack O’ Connor (Sarsfields)

Westmeath

Wexford 

Kilkenny

Eoin Murphy

Conor Browne
Huw Lawlor
Ciaran Wallace

Conor Delaney
Paddy Deegan
Cillian Buckley

James Maher
Michael Carey

John Donnelly
Alan Murphy
Martin Keoghan

Billy Ryan
Richie Hogan
Walter Walsh

Laois

Just to bring you up to speed on the other hurling divisions, three other fixtures have also been called off today due to the weather.

Division 2A:

Offaly v Antrim

Division 2B:

Derry v Kildare

Division 3B:

Fermanagh v Sligo

Some pre-match changes before Wexford take on Kilkenny

Change on the Cork team playing against Westmeath:

Throw-in! Clare 0-0 Laois 0-0

Clare and Laois are underway

2 mins: Clare 0-1 Laois 0-0 

Lovely bit of skill from Laois’ Paddy Purcell, who scoops the ball over the head of his marker before hitting a wide.

Aaron Cunningham opens the scoring at the other end.

3 mins: Clare 0-2 Laois 0-1

Ross King points from a free to level things up before a Tony Kelly free puts Clare back in front. 

5 mins: Clare 0-3 Laois 0-1

Lovely long range effort from Aidan McCarthy to push the Banner further in front.

Division 1 Group A

Westmeath 0-1 Cork 0-2: Conor Lehane with the latest point for Cork

Division 1 Group B

Wexford 1-2 Kilkenny 0-1: Conor McDonald with the goal for Wexford

8 mins: Clare 0-5 Laois 0-1

Two more points from Tony Kelly to keep Brian Lohan’s side in front with almost 10 minutes gone in Ennis.

13 mins: Clare 0-5 Laois 0-3

Willie Dunphy brings Laois back to within two of Clare in the biblical rain.

Division 1 Group A

Westmeath 0-1 Cork 0-6: Patrick Horgan has hit three frees in four minutes

Division 1 Group B

Wexford 1-7 Kilkenny 0-1: Aidan Nolan has two points, while Paudie Foley and Damien Reck are all among the scorers for Davy Fitzgerald’s sidel.

21 mins: Clare still lead by 0-5 to 0-3 as Willie Dunphy picks up a yellow card

22 mins: Clare 0-6 Laois 0-3

Jack Browne gets the first point in almost 10 minutes to restore a three-point lead for Clare. Laois’ Dunphy is down receiving treatment for a facial injury.

It looks the sliotar hit his helmet after coming down from a puckout.

24 mins: Clare 0-6 Laois 0-4

Another Ross King free keeps Laois on the heels of Clare.

Division 1 Group A

Westmeath 0-3 Cork 0-7:  Allan Devine getting the last two points for Westmeath.

Division 1 Group B

Wexford 1-8 Kilkenny 0-2: Kilkenny’s second point came from Alan Murphy.

31 mins: Clare 0-7 Laois 0-4

A fourth point for Tony Kelly as he converts another free with half-time approaching. 

35 mins: Clare 0-8 Laois 0-4

Kelly taps the ball over from a close-range free with four minutes of added time to be played at the end of this half.

Half-Time Scores

Division 1 Group A

Westmeath 0-5 Cork 0-8:  Joey Boyle brings Westmeath to within two of the visitors before Tim O’Mahony has the final say of the first half.

Division 1 Group B

Wexford 1-10 Kilkenny 0-6: Kilkenny trailing at the break, but the weather conditions are tough out there.

Division 2A

Full-Time: Mayo 1-13 Wicklow 1-16 

Division 3A

Half-Time: Longford 0-6 Armagh 0-5

Half-Time: Monaghan 0-5 Tyrone 1-9

Some first-half images from the hurling league games around the country

derek-mcnicholas-under-pressure Source: Brian Reilly-Troy/INPHO

jack-oconnor-and-cillian-buckley Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

a-view-of-the-action Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

ryan-mullaney-with-tony-kelly Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

35 mins: Clare 0-9 Laois 0-4

We’re off again for the second half.

36 mins: Clare 0-9 Laois 0-5

A brilliant Ross King free from distance cuts the gap to four seconds after the restart. 

SAVE!! Clare 0-10 Laois 0-5

Brilliant defensive work from Clare. The goalkeeper Eibhear Quilligan reacts to keep out a goal-bound shot while his defence get into position to parry away Dunphy’s rebound effort.

King converts the resultant ’65. Séadna Morey pointed for Clare a few moments prior to that frantic piece of play.

Division 1 Group A

Westmeath 1-6 Cork 1-8:  Allan Devine goals for Westmeath while Patrick Horgan finds the net for Cork. However, the Rebels have been reduced to 14 as Damien Cahalane is sent off. 

Division 1 Group B

Wexford 1-11 Kilkenny 1-9: A Billy Ryan goal helps the Cats back to within two of the hosts. Brilliant turnaround from Brian Cody’s side

CLOSE!! Clare 0-10 Laois 0-5

Clever piece of play from Stephen Bergin who tries to tap the ball into the Clare net mid-air, but his attempt goes wide. Five points still separating the sides.

Division 1 Group A

Westmeath 1-6 Cork 1-9:  Horgan’s free pushes Cork three in front.

Division 1 Group B

Wexford 1-11 Kilkenny 1-12: John Donnelly gives Kilkenny the lead. They were trailing by 10 points at one stage in the first half, but the weather conditions seem to have played a big part in influencing the game.

52 mins: Clare 0-10 Laois 0-7

Aaron Dunphy’s shot is helped over the bar by Clare keeper Quilligan before King reduces the arrears to three with another free. 

54 mins: Clare 0-12 Laois 0-8

Point of the game from Paddy Purcell! What a monstrous strike from way out the field. Eddie Brennan’s side are still in the hunt, while Aron Shanagher sweeps the ball over at the other end.

55 mins: Clare 0-13 Laois 0-8

David Reidy stretches the Banner’s advantage to five points with 15 minutes of normal time to go.

Flag

Division 1 Group A

Westmeath 1-9 Cork 2-10:  Bill Cooper grabs a second goal for Cork as they lead by four.

Division 1 Group B

Wexford 1-14 Kilkenny 1-13: Wexford back in front again. Paul Morris gives them a two-point lead before Paddy Deegan leaves just one between them.

55 mins: Clare 0-14 Laois 0-9

Willie Dunphy and Shanagher trade points.

65 mins: Clare 0-15 Laois 0-9

David Reidy pops in a lovely pass to Tony Kelly who swings the ball between the posts. Brian Lohan’s men look to be home and hosed, although the rain from Storm Dennis is doing plenty of that already. 

67 mins: Clare 0-17 Laois 0-9

Free in to Clare after a move that could have ended in a goal were it not for goalkeeper Enda Rowland rushing off his line to fling Podge Collins away from the goals, who was put through by Shanager.

Kelly converts the free and the misery is almost over for both sides.

70 mins: Clare 0-15 Laois 0-9

Five minutes of added time left to play.

Flag

Full-Time Scores:

Division 1 Group A

Westmeath 1-14 Cork 3-12:  Pat Horgan picks up his second goal as Cork clinch a five-point win.

Division 1 Group B

Wexford 1-16 Kilkenny 1-14: Wexford hold off the Kilkenny fightback to seal a hard-fought win.

Impressive scorelines given the difficult weather conditions they were playing in.

Full-Time Scores: 

Division 3A

Longford 0-9 Armagh 0-9

Monaghan 1-7 Tyrone 2-17

Louth 1-10 Donegal 2-9

Well that’s all from us, folks.

Some impressive hurling today despite the horrible weather conditions. We look forward to having you with us again soon.

Until then, good luck!

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