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The latest chapter in the managerial rivalry between former colleagues, Davy Fitzgerald and Anthony Daly will be scripted in Parnell Park next Sunday when All-Ireland champions, Clare take on Leinster champions, Dublin in the second round of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A programme.
It’s one of three very interesting games in a campaign which got underway last weekend when the biggest attraction was the clash of Clare and Kilkenny in Ennis. Over 10,000 spectators turned out for a game which Clare won by a point,
ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 1A: THREE FIRST ROUND WINNERS FACE ‘AWAY’ TESTS
Sunday: Dublin v Clare, Parnell Park; Kilkenny v Tipperary, Nowlan Park; Waterford v Galway, Walsh Park.
Clare, Tipperary and Galway, all of whom won their first round games on home soil last weekend, will be on the road for the second round next Sunday when they take on Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford respectively
Last Sunday’s big defeat by Galway in Pearse Stadium leaves Dublin bottom of the table on scoring difference as they prepare for a crunch clash with Clare in Parnell Park.
Dublin were hit for 0-28 by Galway, making next Sunday’s tie very important as they attempt a quick bounce back against the All-Ireland champions. The counties did not clash in last year’s League as Dublin were in 1B.
Defending League champions, Kilkenny will also be on a retrieval mission when they take on Tipperary. Kilkenny hurled well against Clare in Ennis on Sunday but still came up a point short while Tipperary got their campaign off to a good start with a home win over Waterford.
Kilkenny and Tipperary met three times last year, with the results as follows:
Tipperary 2-17 Kilkenny 1-19 (Div 1A group games)
Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-20 (Final)
Kilkenny 0-20 Tipperary 1-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
Galway, the most impressive first round winners last Sunday, head for Waterford hoping to repeat last year’s League success over the Deise men, whom they beat by 0-15 to 0-12.
Round 1 Highlights
· *Henry Shefflin began his 16th season on the Kilkenny senior panel with a 0-12 haul against Clare. He pointed eight frees, two ‘65s’ and also hit two points from open play.
· *Clare’s Colin Ryan matched Shefflin, scoring 1-9 (0-7 from frees) in their clash with the reigning League champions.
· *Nine players were on target for Galway as they hit Dublin for 0-28.
ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 1B: LAOIS TOP THE TABLE AFTER EARLY TRIUMPH
Saturday: Laois v Cork, Portlaoise.
Sunday: Wexford v Offaly, New Ross; Limerick v Antrim, Gaelic Grounds.
It’s very early days in the group but Laois, who were promoted from Division 2A for this season, lead the way on scoring difference after beating Offaly by two points in the first round. Seamus Plunkett’s men face an even bigger challenge on Saturday when they host Cork, who drew with Limerick last Saturday.
The counties did not meet in last year’s League as Cork were in 1A and Laois in 2A.
Wexford, fresh from their one point win over Antrim last Sunday, host Offaly in a game the midlanders must win if they are to get back in the promotion race after losing to Laois last Sunday. Offaly beat Wexford by two points in last year’s corresponding League tie.
Limerick, who host Antrim on Sunday, beat the Ulstermen by 1-19 to 0-19 last year.
With the top team in the group being promoted to 1A (there is no 1B final this season) scoring difference will be crucial so there will be far more interest than usual in the margins of victory and defeat over the coming weeks.
Round 1 Highlights
· *Stephen Maher was the group’s top scorer, posting 1-9 (1-7 from frees) as Laois beat Offaly in Tullamore.
· *Shane Dowling landed 0-11 (0-8 frees, 0-1 ‘65’) as Limerick recovered to draw with Cork,
ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 2A: EARLY POWER SURGE FROM KERRY
Sunday: Carlow v London, Dr. Cullen Park; Kerry v Kildare, Tralee; Westmeath v Derry, Mullingar.
Kerry were the highest scorers across of Divisions on the opening day of the 2014 League, hitting Derry for 4-24 in Ballinascreen. It sets them up nicely for their first home tie of the campaign against Kildare in Tralee. Kildare lost to Carlow, who host London next Sunday. The exiles grabbed a point with a late equaliser against Westmeath last Sunday.
Round 1 Highlights
· *Shane Nolan (1-11), Darragh O’Connell (0-7) and Aidan Boyle (2-1) scored 3-19 between them as Kerry hit Derry for 4-24.
· *Marty Kavanagh scored 1-7 for Carlow in their nine point win over Kildare.
ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 2B: DOWN AND WICKLOW SHOW EARLY PACE
Sunday: Down v Wicklow, Ballycran; Meath v Mayo, Trim; Fingal v Armagh, Swords.
Following big wins over Armagh and Meath respectively on Sunday, Down and Wicklow go head-to-head in what could prove very significant clash in the overall context of the group.
First Round Highlights
· *What a difference three weeks make! Wicklow lost to Meath by 18 points in the Kehoe Cup last month but turned the tables on the Royals last Sunday, beating them by 1-15 to 0-8.
· *Mayo’s Stephen Hoban was the group’s top scorer last weekend, hitting 2-3 as the Connacht men beat Fingal by a point.
ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 3A: HIGH-SCORING LIFT-OFF
Sunday: Fermanagh v Louth, Enniskillen; Roscommon v Monaghan, Athleague; Longford v Donegal, Pearse Park.
Last Sunday’s three games produced a total return of 11-87, suggesting that the group will be very open over the remaining four rounds.
Two of last Sunday’s winners, Longford and Donegal meet in Pearse Park while Roscommon, who also won, will be at home to Monaghan.
First Round Highlights
· *Gerry Fallon scored 0-14 of Roscommon’s 2-16 total in their four points win over Louth.
· *Hugh Byrne (Monaghan) and Sean Corrigan (Fermanagh) each scored 1-9.
2014 ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE: RESULTS AND FIXTURES
Round 1: Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 0-16; Clare 1-16 Kilkenny 0-18; Galway 0-28 Dublin 1-12.
Round 2 (February 23): Kilkenny v Tipperary; Dublin v Clare; Waterford v Galway.
Round 3 (March 9): Kilkenny v Galway; Tipperary v Clare; Waterford v Dublin.
Round 4 (March 15): Dublin v Kilkenny; (March 16): Clare v Waterford; Galway v Tipperary.
Round 5 (March 23): Tipperary v Dublin; Kilkenny v Waterford; Clare v Galway.
Round 1: Cork 0-17 Limerick 0-17; Laois 1-19 Offaly 2-14; Wexford 0-15 Antrim 1-11.
Round 2 (February 22): Laois v Cork; (March 23): Wexford v Offaly; Limerick v Antrim.
Round 3 (March 9): Limerick v Wexford; Laois v Antrim; Cork v Offaly.
Round 4 (March 16): Offaly v Limerick; Antrim v Cork; Wexford v Laois.
Round 5 (March 23): Cork v Wexford; Laois v Limerick; Offaly v Antrim.
March 23: Quarter-finals: Top 1A v 4th 1B; 2nd 1A v 3rd 1B; 3rd 1A v 2nd 1B; 4th 1A v Top 1B.
1A: Relegation play-off: 5th v 6th.
April 20: Semi-finals
May 4: Final
Round 1: Kerry 4-24 Derry 3-8; Carlow 1-18 Kildare 1-0; Westmeath 0-13 London 1-9.
Round 2 (February 23): Carlow v London; Kerry v Kildare; Westmeath v Derry.
Round 3 (March 9): Westmeath v Kerry; London v Kildare; Carlow v Derry.
Round 4: (March 1) Derry v London; (March 16): Kildare v Westmeath; Kerry v Carlow.
Round 5 (March 23): London v Kerry; Carlow v Westmeath; Kildare v Derry.
April 5: Final: 1st v 2nd
Round 1: Mayo 2-13 Fingal 3-9; Down 2-20 Armagh 1-7; Wicklow 1-15 Meath 0-8.
Round 2 (February 23): Down v Wicklow; Meath v Mayo; Fingal v Armagh.
Round 3 (March 9): Wicklow v Armagh; Meath v Fingal; Down v Mayo.
Round 4: (March 16): Mayo v Wicklow; Fingal v Down; Armagh v Meath.
Round 5 (March 23): Wicklow v Fingal; Down v Meath; Armagh v Mayo.
Relegation play-off (March 30): 5th v 6th
Final: (April 5): 1st v 2nd
Round 1: Roscommon 2-16 Louth 1-15; Donegal 2-19 Fermanagh 1-13; Longford 3-11 Monaghan 2-13.
Round 2 (February 23): Fermanagh v Louth; Roscommon v Monaghan; Longford v Donegal.
Round 3 (March 9): Monaghan v Louth; Longford v Fermanagh; Roscommon v Donegal.
Round 4 (March 16): Louth v Longford; Fermanagh v Roscommon; Donegal v Monaghan.
Round 5 (March 23): Monaghan v Fermanagh; Roscommon v Longford; Louth v Donegal.
Final (April 5): 1st v 2nd
Round 1 (March 9): Sligo v Warwickshire; Tyrone v Leitrim.
Round 2 (March 2) Warwickshire v Tyrone; March 16: Leitrim v Sligo.
Round 3 (March 23): Leitrim v Warwickshire; Sligo v Tyrone.
Final: April 5: 1st v 2nd