NHL Round-up: Wexford edge Limerick in Davy Fitzgerald's league opener as Galway rout Offaly
It was a bumper Sunday of GAA action as the National Hurling League kicked into gear for 2017.
Kilkenny suffered the unfamiliar taste of defeat at the hands of Waterford, Kerry picked Louth apart by four points, while Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford completed a weekend double for its footballers and hurlers as they defeated Limerick.
Fitzgerald took charge of his first National League fixture since stepping down as Clare boss last September and came out the other end with a staunch victory against a fresh-faced Limerick panel, which included 10 debutants to the National League.
It is the seventh consecutive year Limerick will play in the second tier in Division 1B, with Conor McDonald scoring the decisive goal for Wexford in the second period eight minutes from time to put his side 1-13 to 0-12 ahead.
Wexford faced an uphill challenge seven points down in the opening period, outscoring their counterparts 1-10 to 0-4 to grasp the win.
Elsewhere in Division 1B, Kerry defeated 3-14 Laois 0-19, while Offaly suffered a harrowing 1-12 to 6-23 loss at O’Connor Park in Tullamore, against an inspired Jason Flynn display which yielded 2-10 for the forward.
Kilkenny 0-17 Waterford 1-15
Offaly 1-12 Galway 6-23
Wexford 1-14 Limerick 0-14
Kerry 3-14 Laois 0-19
Antrim 0-20 London 0-13
Armagh 1-15 Kildare 1-18
Westmeath 1-11 Carlow 1-13
Roscommon 0-07 Wicklow 2-17
Meath 4-21 Down 1-10
Mayo 1-13 Derry 1-14
Tyrone 1-11 Monaghan 3-15
Donegal 2-23 Louth 0-14
Longford 2-13 Fermanagh 0-07