With the Football Finals set, this week’s round of games in the GAA Championship calendar focuses on the Hurling action. Wexford v Kilkenny and Tipperary v Limerick are only but half of the exciting games thrown up this weekend for fans.
Heading into the final weekend, all four teams in action find their destiny in their own hands. Six out of the eight teams, could still potentially be eliminated from the Championship…
Wexford v Kilkenny-Leinster Championship
Last weekend Davy Fitzgerald’s purple and amber side got their first win of the Leinster Championship, after two successive draws on the board. Wexford destroyed Carlow on a scoreline of 2-28 to 19 points with Conor McDonald, Lee Chin and Rory O’Connor standing out.
While Kilkenny where involved in the game of the week with Galway, one that had it all from red cards, goals and magnificent points!
Galway beat Kilkenny by a point, on a high score-line of 2-22 to 3-20. This weekend the Black Cats will be without corner back Paul Murphy and forward Ger Aylward this Saturday who received red cards last time out.
Any form of positive result for the exeprienced Kilkenny, weather it’s a win or draw and they’re in the Leinster Final. While Wexford need to beat Kilkenny and hope for a Dublin win over Galway, which is out of their hands.
*My Tip* Kilkenny -1
Dublin v Galway-Leinster Championship
The second game on Saturday night takes place in Parnell Park, with Michael Donoghue’s troops taking on the Dublin hurlers.
Dublin have won one game against Offaly and drew against Wexford. Mattie Kenny’s side will need to win against Galway or else they will be eliminated. Dublin don’t sit too pretty in the table, however if they beat Galway they’re could reach a provincial final depending on other results!
Favorites Galway have racked up a draw and also a victory over Kilkenny, and sit pretty at the top of the Leinster table with five points. The Galway lads have hit a nice vein of form without key-man Joe Canning, can they carry on with this momentum?
Win or draw the game against Dublin and The Tribesmen will secure their place in the Leinster Final for 2019, and continue their All-Ireland quest.
*My Tip* Galway to win
Tipperary v Limerick-Munster Championship
The Munster championship is much more smoother than the Leinster with who progresses. With one team in Waterford completely gone from the question, but the top three places are not quite settled yet…..
With Tipperary unbeaten winning three games from three against Cork, Waterford and Clare they have almost guaranteed a spot in the final.
Reigning All-Ireland champions Limerick ride into Thurles on Sunday afternoon to stop this challenge to their crown from Liam Sheedy’s men. With two victories and one loss to their name Limerick still can pose a potential upset.
If Tipperary beat Limerick then Clare will exit the championship regardless of their result against Cork later on Sunday. Tipp also have a 25 points advantage over third place Cork, so The Premier County should be in the next round regardless. If Cork lose to Clare, Tipp will be in Munster final regardless of their own result!
*My Tip* Tipperary to win
Clare v Cork-Munster Championship
Manager John Meyler and his Cork team travel to Ennis in Clare on a nice two game-win streak beating Waterford and Limerick. While Clare have only won one game and lost two and been a real disappointment.
The talk this year was Clare finally going to challenge for the All-Ireland? They have all the tools but just haven’t been able to put it together.
Cork have the task of beating Clare and hope Limerick get beat by Tipperary in the other game to qualify for the final. If John Kiely’s Limerick team beat Tipperary, then Cork would need a huge victory in Ennis to pip them on points difference.
If Cork achieve a better result in Ennis than Limerick can manage in Thurles, then it will be a Tipperary-Cork Munster Final. Pretty straight-forward right?
The question is can Clare pip Cork to the final qualifying spot? Clare will need to beat Cork and hope Limerick can avoid defeat against Tipperary. If this happens Clare will claim the third spot ahead of Cork on their head to head battle, but their recent form see this unlikely to happen….
*My Tip* Cork -7
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