Hurling Round Up - quarter-finals set as Kilkenny will take on Wexford
The clash of Kilkenny and Wexford is the stand-out fixture in the Allianz League quarter-final line up which the outcome of the final round of games determined.
The full draw is: Kilkenny v Wexford; Tipperary v Offaly, Cork v Limerick and Waterford v Galway. The four games are scheduled for next weekend.
Dublin and Clare will meet in the Division 1A relegation final while Kerry and Laois clash in the Division IB relegation decider.
Waterford left it late to secure their place in the last eight and leave Clare fighting for their place in the top flight, and while Shane Bennett scored an early goal for the visitors, Clare led most of the way until a late Tom Devine goal gave the Deise the impetus to hold on for a crucial win.
All-Ireland champions Tipperary, who were assured of finishing first in Division 1A, regardless of the results of their game, surrendered their unbeaten record which stretched back to last year’s League quarter final against Clare when they lost to Cork.
A kicked goal from Seamus Callanan tied up the contest late on, before ace Cork marksman Patrick Horgan hit the winning point to secure his side a place in the last eight.
The red carding of their goalkeeper Gary Maguire didn’t help Dublin’s cause at Parnell Park against Kilkenny, and the Cats’ victory set up that fascinating knock out tie against Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford.
In Division 1A Offaly achieved their first win of the season after beating Kerry, and it was enough to ensure their survival in the division, albeit on scoring difference.
Incidentally, in a new departure for the GAA, if any of next weekend’s quarter-final ties are level at normal time, and still level after an initial 20 minutes of extra time, a further 10 minutes of extra time will be played. In the event that both sides still are still level, the outcome will be decided by a free-taking contest.
Update - The GAA have announced that the venues and times for the knock out games scheduled for next weekend will be confirmed on Monday afternoon.
The Kilkenny v Wexford clash will be played at Nowlan Park but the toss of a venue will decide who has home advantage in the other three quarter-final ties, as well as the relegation final between Clare and Dublin. Laois will have home advantage against Kerry in the Division 1B final.
Allianz HL Division 1A
Waterford 2-21; Clare 1-22
Cork 0-26; Tipperary 3-16
Kilkenny 2-20; Dublin 1-16
Offaly 1-21; Kerry 2-16
Galway 0-24; Limerick 1-18
Wexford 2-24; Laois 2-20
Kildare 1-21; London 2-14,
Westmeath 0-20; Antrim 1-15
Carlow 4-24; Armagh 0-11,
Roscommon 2-24; Mayo 1-21 ,
Down 2-22; Derry 2-15,
Meath 3-23; Wicklow 1-16
Donegal 3-24; Louth 1-17
Tyrone 3-15; Monaghan 1-14
Leitrim 4-11; Fermanagh 1-14
Sligo 3-17; Longford 1-14