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Toss of a coin decide GAA venues

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Kilkenny edged out Clare but the sides will meet again in the relegation play-off
Kilkenny edged out Clare but the sides will meet again in the relegation play-off

The toss of a coin will determine the venues for three of next Sunday's Allianz Hurling league quarter-finals as well as the mouthwatering relegation play-off between defending All-Ireland title holders, Kilkenny and 2013 champions, Clare.

Waterford's Walsh Park will host the Galway v Waterford last eight fixture - the Munster side secured their place back in Division 1A when they saw off the challenge of Wexford at Wexford Park.

But the venues for the other three quarter finals will be decided by the toss of a coin with those who call correct having home advantage next weekend.

Frankly, however, these games will be overshadowed by the showdown between Brian Cody's Kilkenny and Davy Fitzgerald's Clare.

In today's dress rehearsal the Cats prevailed at Nowlan Park by a point after Tony Kelly had a last-minute penalty saved.

But the big match between the pair is next Sunday where home advantage will be pivotal for either team.

It will be Kilkenny's first ever appearance in a relegation final; Clare secured their place in the top flight in 2013 when they beat Cork after extra time in the relegation final.

Meanwhile, the quarter-final line-up is: Tipperary v Offaly; Cork v Wexford, Dublin v Limerick and Galway v Waterford. The venues will be announced by Croke Park on Monday.

The semi-final draw is as follows: Tipperary/Offaly v Galway/Waterford and Cork/Wexford v Dublin/Limerick.

Laois and Antrim will meet in the Division 1B relegation play off in Portloaise. The losers will play the winners of the Division 2A clash between Westmeath and Kerry in a Division 1B relegation final.

The venues are decided on the basis of the number of home games teams had in the regulation rounds. Galway, for example, had three home games while Waterford had two hence the Deise have home advantage. In the other cases the teams meeting had an equal number of home games so the venue is decided by heads or tails!

As to the action on the field; Kilkenny's win over Clare meant that the outcome in Parnell Park between Dublin and Galway was inconsequential - both teams were guaranteed a place in the last eight.

Dublin did win -just in case - to make sure of their Division 1A status as Galway only managed one score from play in the second half.

Tipperary reinforced their rating as the country's top side at the moment when they came from 12 points behind to edge out a near full strength Cork side in a high scoring thriller at Páirc Uí Rinn.

The only consolation for the Rebels was the fact that they scored four goals.

Meanwhile, in football last year's Division 3 champions Roscommon look on course for a place in the top flight next season after beating Meath at home to go second behind Down.

Laois' recovery continued in the same division as they edged out Galway who are now stuck in the relegation zone.

Results:

HURLING

Allianz HL Division 1A:
Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 2-19
Cork 4-21 Tipperary 2-28
Dublin 0-26 Galway 2-14

Allianz HL Division 1B
Wexford 0-16 Waterford 0-22
Limerick 1-25 Laois 1-19
Antrim 0-19 Offaly 2-17

Allianz HL Division 2A
Kerry 3-17 London 2-10
Westmeath 1-14 Carlow 1-13
Derry 1-8 Wicklow 0-12

Allianz HL Division 2B
Meath 2-21 Down 0-16
Mayo 0-10 Armagh 0-23
Donegal 3-11 Kildare 1-19

Allianz HL Division 3A
Fermanagh 0-12 Monaghan 3-13
Tyrone 1-14 Roscommon 1-13
Fingal 2-17 Louth 3-14

Allianz HL Division 3B
Warwickshire 3-18 Leitrim 4-14

FOOTBALL

Allianz FL Division 2
Galway 0-10 Laois 2-10
Roscommon 2-10 Meath 0-14

Allianz FL Division 4
Leitrim 1-18 London 0-9