Dubs in bid for double top
An excellent season for Dublin GAA got even better yesterday when the hurlers joined the footballers in the Division 1 Allianz League finals.
A dramatic one-point win for the hurlers over Cork saw them leapfrog into second place in the table, clinching a place in the final for the first time since 1946. They will play Kilkenny on Sunday week after Brian Cody's crew beat Offaly to secure a final berth.
On a day of high drama, Dublin needed to beat Cork and Waterford to beat Galway to reach the final, a double that came up on one-point margins.
Reigning League champions, Galway, blew their chance of retaining the title by losing to a weakened Waterford side at Walsh Park, but the day's biggest losers were Offaly who are heading for Division 2 after losing to Kilkenny.
They were 8/1 to be relegated at the start of play because Wexford needed to take at least a point off Tipperary in Thurles to have any chance of survival. However, Wexford who were 1/25 to be relegated, staged a great finish which earned them the precious point, ensuring their survival.
Wicklow, Roscommon and Tyrone were all promoted after victories in the Division 3A, 3B and 4 finals.
NHL ups and downs
Div 1 final: Dublin v Kilkenny; Relegated: Offaly.
Div 2 final: Clare v Limerick; Relegated: Westmeath
Div 3A champions (promoted): Wicklow; Relegated: Armagh
Div 3B champions (promoted): Roscommon; Relegated: Monaghan.
Div 4 champions (promoted): Tyrone.