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A look at the all the recent hurling action in the Joe McDonagh Cup

Catch up on all the hurling action for the Joe McDonagh Cup right here!

Relegation Woes for Offaly

It was confirmed last Sunday evening that Offaly will be relegated out of the Leinster Championship and will compete in the Joe McDonagh Cup in next. They were knocked out of the Leinster Championship by a much stronger Dublin side in a relegation play-off on Sunday evening at Parnell Park.

Westmeath are on the up

While Offaly are relegated, Westmeath now seek promotion to the Leinster Championship, after they secured their place in the Joe McDonagh Cup Final last weekend.

They saw off tough competition from a bold Antrim side. Westmeath were ruling over the Saffrons, leading by 8 points, though the northern men resurrected and fought back to clinch the lead in the closing stages.

However, Westmeath kept their cool and a series of points from the likes of Liam Varley, Niall Mitchell and Alan Devine were enough to secure a fourth consecutive win for Michael Ryan’s men.

The Joe McDonagh Final and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship preliminary quarter-finals now await Westmeath. Which team will join them in the Joe McDonagh Cup Final is still to be decided.

The Final Decider

As stands at the minute, the odds are in Carlow‘s favour to join Westmeath in the final. They beat Laois last weekend with a ten point comfortable win 2-25 to 1-15. This weekend, Carlow will take on Westmeath in the last round of games.

A win for Kerry over Meath 0-18 to 0-16 has secured the Kingdom’s place in the Joe McDonagh Cup for next year. Kerry are also out this weekend when they will play Antrim and you can be sure that both teams will be on the hunt for a win.

If Antrim win and Carlow lose to Westmeath, The Saffrons stand a chance of making it to the final. Meath will clash with Laois this weekend in a regelation play-off. The team that loses this match will play in the Christy Ring Cup next year.

Table Standing

After Round 4, this is how the table stands currently:

Fixtures for Round 5:

Antrim v Kerry, Dunloy, 3pm
Carlow v Westmeath, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3pm
Meath v Laois, Pairc Tailteann, 3pm

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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