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Late Chaplin goal sees Clare dash Faithful hopes

CATHAL Chaplin's late goal completed a 100pc win rate for Clare in the league stage of Division 1B as they ended Offaly's hopes of making the divisional decider in Tullamore with a 2-14 to 0-19 win.

Offaly were leading by a point with a few minutes to go when they were awarded a penalty, which if converted would have given them a great chance of securing the win and finishing second, therefore making the final along with Clare.

However, Shane Dooley opted to tap the sliotar over the bar and Clare's late revival, coupled with Limerick's win over Antrim, meant Offaly missed out on a place in the top two.

Meanwhile at Casement Park, Limerick cruised to a 14-point win over Antrim to set up a clash with Clare in the divisional decider next weekend.

An Offaly win against Clare would have meant that Limerick would have needed a superior scoring difference to the Faithful County to progress to the final.

And for a while it looked as if the outcome was going to be remarkably tight as Limerick tried to up their tally, but Clare's late win meant any kind of victory was enough for Limerick.

In Wexford, the home side enjoyed a comfortable 4-18 to 0-15 win over Laois, but it was of little significance as both sides were already condemned to the relegation play-off in Division 1B before the game.

The match effectively served as a rehearsal ahead of that relegation decider, which will take place on April 15, and on the evidence of this game, Wexford look the much more likely of the two to retain their status in the division. Jack Guiney starred for the Model County and he helped himself to 1-4 within the first 25 minutes, as Wexford led 2-7 to 0-5, their other goal coming from Paul Morris.

Willie Hyland cut the gap for Laois to leave it 2-9 to 0-9 at the break but Morris got his second goal of the game shortly after the restart to increase Wexford's lead.

Rory Jacob got the fourth goal for Wexford as they eased to victory over a Laois team that had been reduced to 14 men after the second-half dismissal of Paddy Mullaney.


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