Galway and Waterford record opening round wins
Published 24/02/2013 | 15:00
ALL the final scores from the football and hurling leagues
Galway gained a manner of revenge on Kilkenny for their All-Ireland final replay defeat with victory in their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A opener at Pearse Stadium.
Three first-half Galway goals from Davy Glennon, Niall Healy and Damien Hayes, all of which came from the creativity of Joe Canning set up the win and gave Galway a 3-04 to 0-10 lead at the break.
A scrappy start to the second-half from the All-Ireland champions saw Richie Hogan miss two relatively simple frees as Galway held on for a great win to get their season off to a flyer by winning 3-11 to 0-17.
Ultimately Kilkenny were left to rue missed chances, they shot seven second-half wides, as Galway finished well and easily kept pace with the All-Ireland champions.
In the other fixture from Division 1A, Jake Dillon was the hero for Waterford as his injury-time free gave the Déise a 2-15 to 1-17 win over Clare in an exciting Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash in Ennis.
Waterford were 2-05 to 1-07 to the good at the break, the visitors’ goals coming from Seamus Prendergast and Jake Dillon with Tony Kelly responding for Clare.
The sides were level 11 times over the 70 minutes. A draw seemed likely, and a fair result, until Déise hero Dillon coolly converted a decisive injury-time free.
Wexford were forced to rely on second half goals from Paul Morris and Rory Jacob to claim a 2-15 to 0-16 win over a spirited 13-man Carlow at Dr. Cullen Park.
With free-taker Gary Moore on target six times, Wexford scrambled their way to a 0-09 to 0-07 interval lead. Marty Kavanagh and Tomas Waters earned straight red cards.
Carlow enjoyed a real period of dominance midway through the second period but defender Eoin Nolan's dismissal and Jacob’s late goal saw the the chances of a famous win slip away.
Elsewhere in Division 1B, Limerick needed a serious second-half display to see off a tenacious Antrim side 1-19 to 0-19 in an entertaining Division 1B hurling tie at the Gaelic Grounds.
Antrim were well worth their 0-13 to 0-08 at half-time with Neil McManus sharp in attack.
However, Limerick hit back in the second-half and a goal by sub David Breen after 56 minutes proved to be the crucial score as they bagged the points.
Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 0-13, Austin Stack Park
Derry 2-19 Wicklow 0-10, Celtic Park
Kildare 1-10 Laois 1-19, Newbridge
Allianz Hurling League Division 2B
Armagh 0-14 London 0-21, Athletic Grounds
Down 1-18 Meath 2-16, Pairc Esler
Mayo 0-18 Roscommon 1-15, Elverys McHale Park
Allianz Hurling League Division 3A
Fermanagh 2-12 Tyrone 1-11, Brewster Park
Donegal 3-18 Monaghan 1-06, Letterkenny
Fingal 0-15 Louth 1-12, Swords