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At a glance: Allianz League weekend

Updated: Sunday, 20 Mar 2016 11:04 | Comments

The meeting of Clare and Limerick should be an intriguing affair
The meeting of Clare and Limerick should be an intriguing affair

SUNDAY 20 MARCH 

Allianz FL Division 1

1400 Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium 
1400 Waterford v Galway, Walsh Park 
1400 Kilkenny v Dublin, Nowlan Park

Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford, all of whom are on six points, have qualified for the quarter-finals and will be joined by Galway or Tipperary, who are both on three points.

Tipperary host Cork in Thurles, having beaten the Rebels by 2-28 to 4-21 in last year’s Allianz Hurling League. Whoever avoids the play-off will face either Clare or Limerick in the quarter-final. 

Dublin, who currently lead the way on scoring difference from Kilkenny and Waterford, head for Nowlan Park to take on the All-Ireland champions. The Dubs won the corresponding fixture last year, the first time in 51 years that they beat the Cats in Nowlan Park.

Waterford host Galway, a county against whom they have a good league record, having won in each of the last two years.

Allianz HL Division 1B

1400 Offaly v Kerry, Birr 
1400 Laois v Wexford, O'Moore Park 
1400 Clare v Limerick, Cusack Park

Right from the publication of the 2016 fixtures, promotion from 1B looked likely to be decided on the final day when great rivals, Clare and Limerick met in Ennis. And so it will be. With both having won four games, they head for Cusack Park and a winner-take-all promotion showdown.

Both are already guaranteed a place in the Division 1 quarter-finals but getting into 1A is also a huge prize. Clare were relegated from the top flight last year while Limerick haven’t been there since 2010. 

The sides last met in the league in the 2012 1B final when Clare won by 0-21 to 1-16.

The most recent clash between the counties came last May when Limerick won a Munster quarter-final by 1-19 to 2-15 in Thurles.

Limerick have a superior scoring difference to Clare so a draw would be enough for them to secure top spot.

The Munster sides will almost certainly be joined in the quarter-finals by Offaly, who are on four points, two ahead of Kerry and Wexford, who are also vying for a quarter-final place. Offaly host Kerry while Wexford will be away to Laois, who have lost all four games so far.

Allianz HL Division 2A

1400 Kildare v Derry, Newbridge 
1400 London v Antrim, Ruislip 
1400 Carlow v Westmeath, Netwatch Cullen Park

Westmeath are guaranteed a place in the final after winning all four games, while Carlow (6pts), London (5pts) and Antrim (4pts) are challenging for the other final slot. Carlow will be at home to Westmeath on Sunday, while Antrim travel to London. Kildare and Derry meet in a bottom-of-the-table clash

Allianz HL Division 2B

1400 Armagh v Mayo, Athletic Grounds
1400 Down v Meath, Ballycran 
1400 Wicklow v Donegal, Aughrim 

Ulster rivals Down and Armagh lead the table on six points but are only ahead of Mayo on scoring difference, heading into the final round. Meath are two points further back on four points. Armagh and Down will have home advantage for their clashes with Mayo and Meath respectively while the bottom pair, Wicklow and Donegal meet in Arklow.

Allianz HL Division 3A

1400 Roscommon v Tyrone, Athleague 
1400 Monaghan v Warwickshire, Castleblayney 
1400 Louth v Fingal, Darver, 2pm

Having won all four games, Roscommon have a commanding lead at the top of the table, four points clear of Fingal, Tyrone, Monaghan and Louth, all of whom will be hoping to take the second final spot on Sunday.  Fingal (+20 points) have a much superior scoring difference to the rest -Tyrone and Monaghan +2 each, Louth -8

Allianz HL Division 3B

1400 Leitrim v Fermanagh, Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada 
1400 Sligo v Longford, Markievicz Park

All four have won one and lost one of their two games so far, leaving Sunday’s games as the deciders. The two winners will qualify for the final.

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