Kilkenny annihilate Waterford as quarter-final line-up confirmed
Kilkenny’s twenty point hammering of Waterford consigned the Deise to a relegation play-off where they will face Dublin after their defeat at the hands of Tipperary.
The final round of the hurling fixtures threw up plenty of scores and red cards as Cork earned promotion to 1A with a win over Wexford.
In Nowlan Park it was the visitors who made the brighter start, with Pauric Mahony and Maurice Shanahan pointing as the Deise ran into a three point lead.
A goal from Jonjo Farrell was the first goal in the game and sparked the Cats into life and they led at the break 1-7 to 0-08.
In the second half however the hosts simply blitzed their neighbours and scored 3-15 in a remarkable exhibition of scoring. Full-forward Mark Kelly did his championship hopes little harm with two goals, while Eoin Larkin also raised a green flag as the Cats ran out 20 point winners and consigned Waterford to a relegation play-off.
Clare and Galway played out a draw with the All-Ireland champions highly reliant on the free-taking prowess of Tony Kelly throughout.
Shane Golden was sent off for the Banner and a Cathal Mannion goal looked like it might be enough to give the Tribesmen victory, but a Colin Ryan free two minutes into injury time meant that Clare secured a last gasp draw and will play Laois in the quarter-final who were beaten by Limerick after making all the early running in their 1B clash.
The other game in 1A saw Tipperary battle back after a poor start to defeat Anthony Daly’s men in Thurles by three points.
The Dubs led by six points at one stage but the Premier stuck to their task and trailed by just a point at the interval. Bonner Maher’s goal on 47 minutes proved to be the decisive score of the game and they will meet Munster rival Cork in the quarter-finals.
In Division 1B the Rebels secured their place in the top tier with a 2-23 to 1-20 win over Wexford in Pairc Ui Rinn in what was a highly entertaining game of hurling.
The turning point was in the first half when Conor Lehane and Patrick Horgan goaled within a minute after Jack Guiney had scored an early goal for the visiting side who ended the game with 14 men after Bobby Kenny was dismissed for a wild strike.
They will have to dust themselves down for what will be a daunting game against Kilkenny in the last eight.
The other relegation game will see Offaly take on Antrim and the Saffrons will hope for an improvement on today's performance against the same opposition.
They lost by 19 points in the dead rubber in Tullamore and next week's encounter in Ballycastle should be a more competitive affair.
Clare v Laois; Kilkenny v Wexford; Galway v Limerick; Cork v Tipp.
Dublin v Waterford, Antrim v Offaly
Allianz HL Division 1A
Kilkenny 4-22 v Waterford 0-14; Tipperary 1-19 v Dublin 0-19; Clare 0-18 v Galway 1-15
Allianz HL Division 1B
Cork 2-23 v Wexford 1-10; Limerick 1-17 - Laois 1-13; Offaly 5-27 v Antrim 4-9
Allianz HL Division 2A
Carlow 2-21 v Westmeath 0-13; Kerry 2-17 v London 1-18; Kildare 3-17 v Derry 4-14
Allianz HL Division 2B
Down 2-5 v Meath 0-6; Wicklow 1-11 v Fingal 1-6; Mayo 0-9 v Armagh 1-3
Allianz HL Division 3A
Roscommon 2-4 v Longford 0-3; Fermanagh 1-9 v Monaghan 0-5
Allianz HL Division 3B
Tyrone 2-7 v Sligo 1-6