Saturday 20 January 2018

Dublin duo in fitness fight

DUBLIN and Limerick's hurlers are the only Division 1 teams with anything at stake in an anti-climatic final round of the NHL on Sunday, writes cliona foley.

Galway and Cork, who meet in Salthill, have both already qualified for the final, while Waterford, Tipperary, Offaly and Kilkenny are safe from the drop.

But second-last Dublin (2pts) and table-proppers Limerick, meet in a straight relegation dog-fight in Parnell Park. The hosts have injury concerns about Peter Kelly and Joey Boland, and are missing Tomas Brady (suspended) and Michael Carton (injured).

Clare (11pts) have already qualified for the Division 2 final, which has been confirmed as part of a double-header in Thurles on May 2, but Wexford (9pts), Carlow (8pts) and Laois (8pts) all have a chance to join them.

Wexford play Antrim while Laois face Carlow. If Wexford lose, the winner of the other game would leapfrog them into the final and even a draw would not do Colm Bonnar's side if Carlow win because of the head-to-head rule.

Kildare and Westmeath are joint last in Division 2 and if they finish level, Westmeath will go down on the head-to-head record.

Irrespective of what happens when they meet in the final round, Louth and Wicklow are already through to the Division 3B final which has been fixed for Parnell Park (7.0) on Saturday, May 1.

Irish Independent

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