GAA: Allianz Hurling League round-up

Kilkenny's John Power breaks his hurley as Tipperary full back Conor O'Mahony clears up field.
Kilkenny's John Power breaks his hurley as Tipperary full back Conor O'Mahony clears up field.

All-Ireland hurling champions Kilkenny face a relegation play-off to keep their place in the premier division of the Allianz League.

The Cats suffered a crushing  12-point loss to arch rivals Tipperary in Thurles.

This was a rare win for the Premier County against the Cats, who beat Tipp in both the All-Ireland and League final last season.

But Brian Cody's understrength side couldn't cope with the home side, who are currently in a rich vein of form.

Injury doubt Richie Hogan did line out for Kilkenny, who got an early boost with a Jojo Farrell goal.

But once Seamus Callanan goaled for Tipperary there wasn't much doubt about the outcome.

Kilkenny only managed four points in the second half as Tipp's Niall O'Meara got their second goal in the 53rd minute.

Kilkenny and Clare, who are both rooted at the foot of the table on two points, meet in the final series of matches at Nowlan Park next Sunday.

A draw will mean both teams will have to meet again to decide which side keeps their place in the top flight. 

Clare could avoid the play-off and, indeed, qualify for the quarter finals if they win and Dublin loses against Galway. 

They will be level on points with Dublin but as they beat Ger Cunningham's side on Saturday Clare will be deemed to have finished ahead of the them.

Alternatively if Galway are beaten by Dublin Clare will face the relegation play off regardless of the result in Nowlan Park as they have already lost to Galway.

There is no respite for Kilkenny no matter what the result because as they have already lost to Dublin and Galway respectively they will be deemed to have finished behind them in the table even if they win.

But Tipp and Cork have guaranteed their places in the last eight - effectively their clash next Sunday is a dead rubber.

Meanwhile, Wexford set themselves up for a winner-takes-all showdown against Waterford next Sunday when they put five goals past Laois.

Waterford,  who hammered Antrim (4-30; 0-10) need a draw to secure a place in the top flight, while Wexford need to win to have any chance of playing in Division 1A next season.

Allianz HL Division 1A

Tipperary  2-22; Kilkenny 1-13, Semple Stadium
Galway 0-20; Cork 2-17, Pearse Stadium

Division 1B
Waterford 4-30; Antrim 0-10, Walsh Park
Laois 0-25, Wexford 5-22, Portlaoise

Allianz HL Division 2A
Carlow 3-17 Kerry 1-24, Netwatch Cullen Park
Westmeath 1-22 Wicklow 2-10, Cusack Park

Allianz HL Division 2B
Down 4-17 Donegal 2-11, Ballycran
Meath 1-15 Armagh 1-17, Trim

Allianz HL Division 3A
Monaghan 0-18 Fingal 2-12, Clones
Tyrone 1-20 Louth 2-7, Healy Park
Roscommon 0-16 Fermanagh 0-6, Athleague

Allianz HL Division 3B
Sligo 2-10 Leitrim 1-15, Markievicz Park

(First named team has home venue)