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Allianz League round-up: Kilkenny top 1A as Clare get promotion

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Fiontán McGibb of Dublin and Kilkenny's Joey Holden
Fiontán McGibb of Dublin and Kilkenny's Joey Holden

The final round of games has been played and we now know the quarter-finalists for the Allianz National Hurling League 2016.

Kilkenny finished top of Division 1A following a comfortable 0-23 to 1-14 win over Dublin at Nowlan Park.

TJ Reid scored 11 points as the Cats cruised to victory and the opening day defeat to Waterford now seems a long way away as they finished the League with four wins on the bounce.

The Cats will play neighbours Offaly in the quarter finals after they became Kerry's second scalp at 1B level.

In a shock result in Birr Kerry beat Offaly by a point, 2-18 to 2-17.

Also in 1B, Clare secured promotion to the top flight at the first attempt with a four-point win over Limerick at Cusack Park. 

The Munster rivals played the game with summer intensity and tempers flared on a number of occasions.

The Banner led by four at the break and the sending off of Limerick's Barry Nash just before half-time helped Davy Fitzgerald's side to maintain that gap and win 1-19 to 0-18.

Clare will take on another Munster foe when they play Tipp in the quarter-finals.

Michael Ryan's men beat Cork 2-27 to 2-15 at Semple Stadium today, condemning the Rebels to the 1A relegation play-off.

In that game they will play Galway, who drew with Waterford at Walsh Park today 0-24 to 1-21.

That draw also means Waterford will take on Wexford in the quarter-finals as the Model finished third in 1B thanks to an injury time 0-22 to 0-21 win over Laois.

Shane Tomkins knocked over the winning score in a closely fought game at O'Moore Park.

Quarter-finals

Kilkenny v Offaly
Waterford v Wexford
Dublin v Limerick
Tipperary v Clare