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Hurling round-up: Waterford maintain perfect start

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Shane Bennett, Waterford, in action against Barry Heffernan and Brendan Maher, Tipperary
Shane Bennett, Waterford, in action against Barry Heffernan and Brendan Maher, Tipperary

Munster rivals Tipperary and Waterford served up a cracker in Thurles with the visitors snatching the points at the death with a free from Austin Gleeson.

The one-point win (1-18; 1-17) maintains Waterford's one hundred percent record in the series and Derek McGrath's side remain on course to retain the League crown.

Defiant though Tipperary's performance was the loss was a big blow as it leaves them stuck together with Galway on just two points after three games and in danger of being sucked into a relegation dog fight.

For much of a cracking contest they looked on course to repeat the Munster final success they had over the Déise last summer. They held a four-point advantage (0-14 to 0-10) going into the final quarter.

But a fitter Waterford side finished the stronger. After three points on the spin a goal from Tom Devine gave them the lead.

A John McGrath goal for Tipperary gave the home side back their slender advantage but in a hectic finish they couldn't hold out and after Patrick Curran levelled the contest. Gleeson held his nerve to steer over the winning point in the fourth minute of injury time.

All-Ireland champions Kilkenny stayed on course for a place in the knock out stages of the Allianz League when they beat Galway at Nowlan Park in a repeat of last September's All-Ireland final.

It was a case of a good start making all the difference for Brian Cody's side as they raced into a 0-13 to 0-5 advantage at the break with TJ Reid and Brian Hogan doing most of the damage.

Boosted by a goal from Paul Hoban the visitors fought their way back into the contest. Ultimately though, Brian Cody's side stepped on the gas again at the business end of the contest hitting over a succession of points to run out comfortable four-point winners.

The loss leaves Galway in real danger of being involved in the relegation final later this spring.

Kerry hurlers crashed back to earth after two encouraging performances in Division 1B when they suffering a crushing 23-point loss against Wexford who finally got their campaign of the mark. However, they still face a battle to avoid the relegation play off.

Limerick though stayed on course to win a coveted place in the top flight when they overcame the stubborn challenge of Offaly who are almost certainly out of contention after this loss.

Antrim's hopes of a quick return to Division One hurling suffered a blow when they were beaten by Westmeath in Mullingar.

Allianz HL Division 1A

Kilkenny 0-21; Galway 1-14

Waterford 1-18; Tipperary 1-17  

Allianz HL Division 1B

Kerry 0-08 Wexford 2-25  

Limerick 1-19; Offaly 0-14  

Allianz HL Division 2A

Carlow 2-15; Derry 0-9

Westmeath 2-10; Antrim 0-10  

Allianz HL Division 2B

Armagh 2-16; Wicklow 2-15  

Mayo 0-20; Down 0-16

Meath 2-35; Donegal 0-9  

Allianz HL Division 3A

Monaghan 2-19 Louth 1-12

Roscommon 1-14; Fingal 0-16  

Allianz HL Division 3B

Sligo 1-14 Fermanagh 1-9

Longford 3-12; Leitrim 0-12