Hurling wrap: Limerick, Dublin and Offaly victorious in Division 1B
WRAP of games outside the top hurling division
Limerick were made to fight tooth and nail for a 3-10 to 1-13 win over Carlow at the Gaelic Grounds.
Underdogs Carlow were first off the mark with the accuracy from frees of Shane Kavanagh crucial to their cause but two goals for Limerick from Declan Hannon and another from Seanie Tobin saw them lead 3-2 to 0-8 at the interval.
An impressive Carlow side never let Limerick get away and a late goal meant they finished the game within a score of Limerick.
Anthony Daly's Dublin came away with all the points from Casement Park s they recorded an eight point win over Antrim.
Dublin were quick out of the blocks and first-half goals from Paul Ryan and Peadar Carton helped them to a 2-7 to 0-4 interval lead.
David O'Callaghan hit a third goal for Dublin as they continued their dominance in the second half and despite a spirited effort from Antrim they won 3-12 to 1-10.
Offaly came from four points down at half-time to beat Leinster rivals Wexford by 0-16 to 0-14 in Tullamore.
Ciaran O'Shaughnessy got the opening point of the game for Wexford.
Paul Morris added a further five points for Wexford in the first half as they led Offaly 0-10 to 0-6 at the break.
Offaly now playing with the wind assumed control and by the hour mark the sides were level and Wexford couldn't stem the tide and Ollie Bakers side were victorious.
Wicklow came from six points down to beat Kildare in their Division 2A clash at Croke Park by 3-13 to 2-14.
Playing with the aid of a strong breeze, Kildare made the better start with David Harney's fine goal putting them seven points in front before Wicklow settled and the Lilywhites went in at half-time leading 1-9 to 0-6 at the break.
Wicklow came roaring back in the second half and a brace of goals from Micky Lee helped them to a 3-13 to 2-14 victory.
Westmeath recorded a facile win over Derry in Mullingar with goals in either half helping them to a 2-13 to 0-9 win.
Derry got off to the better start and led 0-5 to 0-2 after 20 minutes but Westmeath closed and the Ulster side were 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.
A Niall O'Brien goal early in he second half saw Westmeath hit the front.
John Shaw also found the net for Westmeath in the second period as they ran out winners by 10 points.
Laois battled past Kerry to win an entertaining clash in Portlaoise.
Kerry caught Laois on their heels and Brendan O'Leary's goal had them in front early on but Laois responded with Stephen Maher netting as they led 1-9 to 1-6 at the break.
Kerry tried desperately to stick with the O'Moore men and Aidan Boyle's goal kept them in touch but Laois ultimately ran out winners by 2-20 to 2-12
Allianz Hurling League Division 2B
Roscommon 2-11 Armagh 3-15, Athleague, Res
London 0-21 Down 2-08, Ruislip, Res
Meath 1-19 Mayo 1-11, Trim, Res
Allianz Hurling League Division 3A
Louth 0-13 Fermanagh 0-12, Dowdallshill, Res
Tyrone 0-09 Donegal 0-14, Omagh, Res
Monaghan 1-09 Fingal 2-10, Iniskeen, Res
Allianz Hurling League Division 3B
Leitrim 1-13 Longford 0-16, Ballinamore, Res