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Cork on the rise

ALL-IRELAND finalists Cork earned promotion from Division 1B thanks to their comprehensive 2-24 to 1-20 victory over Wexford at Páirc Uí Rinn.

An early goal from Jack Guiney gave the visitors a three-point advantage, but Patrick Horgan (free) and Conor Lehane both goaled as the Rebels led by 2-10 to 1-8 at half-time.

Wexford reduced the deficit to the minimum, before Cork responded through the accuracy of Horgan, who finished with 1-10, and sub Alan Cadogan (three points).

Cork will face Tipperary in the quarter-finals.

LIMERICK held Laois to just four second half points as the Shannonsiders staged an impressive second half to win 1-17 to 1-13 at O'Moore Park.

The home side led by seven points at half-time but a 61st minute goal from Shane Dowling nosed Limerick in front and they never looked back.

OFFALY had it all their own way in their 5-27 to 4-9 win over fellow relegation candidates Antrim at Tullamore.

With both teams heading for a relegation play-off in Ballycastle next Sunday regardless of the outcome yesterday, this match was a dead-rubber.