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Waterford Crystal Cup and Walsh Cup round-up

There were victories for UL, Kerry, Wexford, UCD, NUI Galway and Carlow in the pre-season hurling action yesterday.

Michael Walsh of Waterford in action against Paraic Walsh of UL.
Michael Walsh of Waterford in action against Paraic Walsh of UL.
Image: INPHO/Ken Sutton.

Waterford Crystal Cup

UL and Kerry both progressed in yesterday’s first round ties in the Munster competition.

Their victories completed the line-up for next weekend’s quarter-finals after the wins that were enjoyed by Limerick and Cork on Saturday.

UL enjoyed a 1-20 to 0-18 win against Waterford at the WIT grounds in Carriganore. The teams were level, 1-8 to 0-11, at the interval.

Former Tipperary senior Paul Kelly found the net for UL while Eamonn Murphy, a Waterford U21 last year, notched four points during the same period for the students.

Waterford for their part were grateful to the midfield pairing of Shane O’Sullivan and Richie Foley as they registered a combined total of seven points in that half.

But UL were in control after the break as they lead 1-15 to 0-16 by the 55th minute and ultimately ran out five-point winners to set up a meeting with Clare next weekend.

In Abbeydorney, Kerry enjoyed a 6-17 to 0-12 win against IT Tralee. Tom Howard’s Kerry side were in front by 4-6 to 0-9 at half-time with Shane Nolan and Daniel Collins striking a pair of goals apiece.

Mark Deegan’s marksmanship kept IT Tralee in touch but Kerry ran riot in the second-half with Willie O’Dwyer, who finished with 1-4 to his name, to the fore as the Kingdom ran out victors by 23 points.

Walsh Cup

An extra-time goal by Paul Morris proved the crucial score in enabling Wexford to claim a 1-29 to 2-19 victory after extra-time against Dublin IT in Blackwater.

The teams were tied at 0-8 apiece at the halfway point of normal time with Kilkenny’s Mike Maloney scoring freely for Dublin IT while Gary Moore was similarly prominent for Wexford.

Goals from Maloney and Conor McCormack saw Dublin IT move ahead by 2-14 to 0-16 during the second-half but a series of points from Wexford, with Moore at the heart of it, saw them draw level 2-15 to 0-21 to force extra-time.

At the midway mark of extra-time, Wexford moved ahead by 0-26 to 2-17 and Morris grabbed the crucial goal that enabled them to triumph.

Elsewhere Niall Burke was amongst the goal-scorers as NUI Galway defeated Westmeath by 3-15 to 0-15, Noel McGrath helped inspire UCD to a narrow 0-15 to 1-11 win over a Laois side who registered their goal through Stephen Maher and new boss John Meyler saw his Carlow team enjoy a 1-17 to 0-10 win against Antrim.

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