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Hurling League: Knockout fixtures confirmed after final round

Hurling John Kiely Limerick

The group stages of the 2023 Allianz Hurling League have reached their conclusion.

After Cork and Tipperary had already sealed top spots in Division 1A and 1B respectively, there were two other semi-final berths up for grabs.

Limerick’s home victory over Wexford saw the All-Ireland champions take second place behind the Rebels, with Clare and Galway missing out on a knockout spot as a result.

Elsewhere, Kilkenny’s two-point home win over Waterford in what was a de facto quarter-final saw the Cats edge through. The Déise’s title defence is over, as Davy Fitzgerald’s charges now look ahead to the Munster Championship.

The Rebels and the Premier County rounded off unbeaten group campaigns. The Lee-siders sealed an away draw with the Banner County, while Tipp were too strong for Antrim.

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It had already been decided that Westmeath and Laois would face off in the relegation play-off.

Division 1 results

  • Clare 2-18 Cork 2-18
  • Limerick 2-20 Wexford 0-15
  • Westmeath 1-12 Galway 4-27
  • Dublin 1-29 Laois 0-20
  • Antrim 2-16 Tipperary 4-28
  • Kilkenny 0-18 Waterford 0-16

Division 1 semi-finals

  • Tipperary vs Limerick
  • Cork vs Kilkenny

Division 1 relegation play-off

  • Westmeath vs Laois

Meanwhile in Division 2A, a draw between Offaly and Kildare was enough for the Lilywhites to progress to the decider.

The Faithful County now must face Kerry in the semi-final, with the winner taking on Kildare in the showpiece. The winners of the final will be promoted to Division 1 of the National Hurling League for 2023.

At the other end of the table, Derry’s defeat at the hands of Carlow sentenced the Oak Leaf County to relegation to Division 2B for 2024.

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Division 2A results

  • Offaly 2-17 Kildare 0-23
  • Carlow 2-21 Derry 0-16
  • Kerry 1-20 Down 1-19

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