Your Weekly Hurling Round-Up
Things started to heat up last weekend in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship as three teams booked their places in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Quarter Finals. For the reigning All-Ireland Champions Galway, they are headed straight to the Semi-Finals after retaining their Leinster title.
On Saturday evening there were two spots in the Quarter Finals up for grabs. After finishing third in the table during the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship, Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford progressed to the All-Ireland Preliminary Quarter Final, which took place on Saturday evening. Waiting for them in Cusack Park, Mullingar were the runners-up of the Joe McDonagh Cup, Westmeath.
Wexford 2-21 Westmeath 0-16
It was a comfortable win for Wexford, with the scoreboard ending 2-21 to 16 points in the end. At times though, Wexford looked sloppy. They hit a total of 14 wides and heading in the Quarter Finals now, these mistakes will need to be ironed out.
For Westmeath, it is the end of their Championship run this season, but they should be satisfied with their performance from this match as they never gave up.
Limerick 5-22 Carlow 0-13
Elsewhere on Saturday evening, Limerick cruised past Carlow to secure their place in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals. The inaugural winners of the Joe McDonagh Cup faced a tough task coming up against this Limerick team, who proved far too strong for the Barrowsiders with the scoreline finishing 5-22 to 13 points.
Galway 1-28 Kilkenny 3-15
Last Sunday, the competition intensified as Galway and Kilkenny clashed in the Leinster Senior Hurling Final Replay. If you missed this match, make sure you check it out because it was a pure thriller.
In the opening first half, it looked as though Galway were easing their way to a back to back provincial victory. At one point during the first half, they pushed out ahead of Kilkenny by 12 points.
But you can never under-estimate a Kilkenny team. They are known for their never say die attitude, and they put it into action against Galway. Three goals that came from Richie Hogan, Colin Fennelly and Ger Aylward, gave the Cats the boost they desperately needed. As clocked ticked on, there were only two points in it and the competition was fierce.
Galway proved why they are champions as they entered sixth gear in the final minutes holding Kilkenny back and hitting six points to secure the victory. The scoreline finished Galway 1-28 Kilkenny 3-15.
Up and coming
The Tribesmen now march into the All-Ireland Semi-Finals that will be played at the end of July. Kilkenny will play again this weekend, for the third weekend in a row, as they will take on Limerick in the Quarter Final.
It is all still to play for, so the pressure is on!
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