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A look at all last weekends action in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

There was no shortage of shocks, twists and turns as the next stages of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship got underway last weekend. We have all the #StyelOfPlay action right here!

Weekly Round-Up

Last weekend was jammed packed with hurling and if you missed any of the action fear not, we have it all right here!

As we enter our second year of sponsorship, we will be bringing you all the #StyleOfPlay and key moments from the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship each weekend.

There was no shortage of shocks, twists and turns as the next stages of the Leinster and Munster Senior Hurling Championship got underway last weekend.

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

Wexford 5-24 Offaly 2-9

Wexford were extremely impressive on Saturday evening as they thumped Offaly with a five-goal victory in Innovate Wexford Park.

The performance from Davy Fitzgerald‘s men was one of their best in years and has the increased the Yellow-Bellies hopes of securing a Leinster title.

The victory was well in Wexford’s hands from the start and halftime they were marching ahead 2-10 to 0-5.

As Offaly were reduced down to 12 men, Wexford were far too strong for them. Lee Chin, Jack O’Connor, Aidan Nolan, Conor McDonald and Mark Fanning all hit the back of the net to produce a prominent scoreline of 5-24 to 2-9.

Next Saturday evening, Wexford will face the All-Ireland Champions Galway in what will certainly be an interesting match. For Offaly, they will take on Dublin in what looks set to be a relegation showdown in Parnell Park.

Galway 1-22 Kilkenny 2-11

Kilkenny were out-classed by a much stronger Galway side on Sunday in Pearse Stadium. With 10 minutes left on the clock, Kilkenny trailed by three and it looked as though a Cats comeback could have been on the cards.

Unfortunately for Cody and Kilkenny, The Tribesmen were in sixth gear. Proving far stronger in attack, Galway produced 8 points in a row and stamped out the win 1-22 to 2-11.

Out of Kilkenny’s 2-11, only 1-2 of those scores came from play. Cody himself admitted while speaking to GAA.ie that this type of statistic was unusual.

“It was unusual. It was kind of very strange all right. We were obviously getting a lot of frees for sure and I suppose a lot of the frees camouflage the fact that you can’t score from play whereas the opportunity was there if we hadn’t been fouled and that’s what the free-taker is for. But that is the way it went.  Sometimes games go like that and we certainly  would like to be working the scoreboard more from play.”

Kilkenny will now have a weekend off after playing three matches in a row, they will meet with Wexford on the 9th of June. This will be a match which will have plenty of eyes on it to see how the Cats will bounce back after this defeat.

Galway are in the Sunny South East this Saturday, where Wexford await them. After losing out to the Yellow Bellies in the League, Galway will be wanting nothing else but a win.

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Clare 2-27 Waterford 2-18

Clare hit the ground running in their bid for a Munster title as they thumped Waterford on Sunday afternoon.

The Banner had the upper hand with home advantage against an injury-clad Waterford side.  Clare looked determined and players like John Conlon, Peter Duggan and Tony Kelly shone as they clinched the lead.

Waterford started out strong as they snatched the lead, with a goal coming from Maurice Shanahan to give them 1-4, 0-3 lead. Though once Peter Duggan saw the back of the Waterford net, it provided Clare with a boost. Conlon went on to execute a penalty perfectly and once they got going, there was no stopping them.

The Déise were already plagued with injury before this match having Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony both ruled out of the starting XV.

Waterford suffered in this match as they lost Tadhg de Búrca, Noel Connors, Darragh Fives and Barry Coughlan all to injury. It was announced this morning that de Búrca subsequently has a broken collarbone and Coughlan has a broken hand.

With their captain Kevin Moran receiving a red card and the Déise being reduced down to fourteen men, the day belonged to the Banner. The loss of key defenders cost Waterford as Clare were too prominent in attack and scooped up a first-round win.

Tipperary 2-20 Cork 1-23

This match was a pumping clash between these two sides in Thurles which ultimately resulted in a draw.

Cork pushed strongly out in front from the start, as they worked at a rhythm that Tipperary could simply not match. Come the half-time whistle, the pendulum was swinging in Cork’s favour as they lead by nine points 1-15 to 1-6.

Tipperary came out fighting though and opened the second half by hitting 5 points in a row. Noel McGrath found the back of Cork’s net to ignite Tipperary. John O’Dwyer was unlucky with a goal second shot for Tipperary that was brilliantly saved by Nash.

As the final seconds ticked away and tensions were pulsing around Thurles, Tipperary were behind by one. Noel McGrath’s shot for the equaliser swung wide but substitute Jake Morris got his first touch and fired the point over the bar, calling the match a draw.

This weekend Cork will face Limerick on Saturday evening in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Tipperary will meet with Waterford in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.

You can check out all the upcoming fixtures and results from all matches right here!

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Ellen McConville

Typically found on the sidelines or in Croke Park, Ellen is the Sports Content Editor for Littlewoods Ireland and your go-to gal for all things GAA. A big lover of all things Christy Moore, fashion and some wine and cheese as well.

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