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Thursday 18 January 2018

Carlow and Offaly handed byes as Laois to host Cork

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Carlow and Offaly avoided the first round of the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers as Antrim were paired with Westmeath, while Laois drew Cork in games that will be played on Saturday week.

Antrim will have home advantage against Westmeath, who turned in a spirited resistance against Galway on Saturday, while Laois will host Cork in Portlaoise.

The Antrim/Westmeath winners will be at home to Carlow in the next round, while Laois or Cork will be at home to Offaly in ties to be played on June 25.

Ahead of their Leinster U-21 HC clash with Kilkenny tomorrow night, Wexford boss Tony Dempsey and his management team have named 10 of last year's starting team who played Dublin in the Leinster final.

Senior team members Matthew O'Hanlon and Harry Kehoe fill the full-back and centre-field roles respectively. Michael O'Regan and Liam Óg McGovern also have inter-county senior experience playing with the senior football team.

James Breen, who captained the U-21 football team to its first ever Leinster success, is named at full-forward.


Meanwhile, it was a Derry double in the Ulster Poc Fada at Divis Mountain, Belfast, on Saturday as Ruairi Convery and Kathleen Taggart took honours.

Convery claimed his third men's provincial title in succession, completing the course in 34 pocs.

The Swatragh clubman finished ahead of Down's Karol Keating in second spot, with Brian McFall of Antrim taking third place.

Senior inter-county players Neil McManus (Antrim) and Gareth 'Magic' Johnston (Down) were also involved.

Convery says he is happy to have retained his crown. "I am delighted to have won today on what was a very tough course," he said.

"To win three titles in succession is something special."

Wexford (U21H v Kilkenny) -- M Fanning; W Devereux, M O'Hanlon, E Moore; M O'Regan, A Shore, S Murphy; E Kent, H Kehoe; S Tomkins, J Leacy, L Óg McGovern; P Morris, J Breen, P Doran.

Irish Independent

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