Waterford, Cork, Tipp and Dublin reach League semi-finals

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Waterford's Noel Connors gets away from Galway's James Regan
Waterford's Noel Connors gets away from Galway's James Regan

Last year's beaten All-Ireland and League finalists Tipperary will contest next month's League semi-finals together with Cork, Waterford and Dublin.

The semi-final pairings are as follows: Cork v Dublin; Tipperary v Waterford. The games are scheduled for April 19 with Semple Stadium in Thurles the obvious venue - though this was yet to be confirmed.

Waterford, who won promotion from Division 1B - are the only team from the lower division to reach the last four.

As expected none of today's three quarter finals matched the levels of intensity or excitement which featured in the relegation final between Kilkenny and Clare.

Waterford boss, Derek McGrath will be very happy, however, with the progress of his young charges.

Waterford now play a defensive style of hurling which continues to frustrate and baffle opponents.

Galway were the latest victims at Walsh Park. In truth the home side never looked like losing the contest.

They led 0-14 to 0-5 at the break and comfortably saw out the contest in the second half. Philip Mahony hit ten points - nine from frees - and while Joe Canning scored 0-8 only two only Galway players scored.

The most competitive of the quarter finals was at Pairc Ui Rinn. A surprise looked possible at half time when Wexford led by six points (0-13; 0-7) but Jimmy Barry Murphy's charges controlled the second half outscoring their opponents 11-1. Again though the Rebels failed to find the net.

At a contest the other quarter final at O'Connor Park Tullamore was over at half time with Tpperary 1-16 to 0-4 ahead.

The second half was actually interesting not least because the visitors were reduced to 13 men.

Defender Cathal Barrett was dismissed on a double yellow card but Seamus Callinan - who scored Tipp's first half goal - received a straight red card after an off the ball.

Unless he successfully appeals against the decision he will miss the semi-final.

A shell shock Tipp only managed two points in the second half whereas Offaly hit 9 and had a Shane Dooley penalty saved.

Allianz HL Division 1 quarter-finals

Offaly 0-13 Tipperary 1-16
Cork 0-18 Wexford 0-14
Waterford 0-20 Galway 0-12

Allianz HL Division 1A relegation play-off
Kilkenny 1-18 Clare 1-17

(First named team has home venue)