The Five Major Talking Points from the weekend’s Allianz Hurling League Games

weekend’s Allianz NHL Major Talking Points

The Five Major Talking Points from the weekend’s Allianz Hurling League Games

  1. The Banner skin the Cats: Not too often a team managed by Brian Cody gets hammered by 13 points in a league game but this was to be the case in Ennis on Sunday afternoon when the Cats were well and truly skinned by the Banner County. Aaron Shanagher put in a fine performance scoring 1-04, while for Kilkenny the reliance of TJ Reid was again clear to see as no forward bar him really contributed anything. Kilkenny will have a massive game against Cork in two weeks and a defeat there for Brian Cody’s team could see them looking at Division 1b for 2018. It would be very strange to see Kilkenny down in 1B but unless they up their performances that is where they are heading too. Clare will be very happy to get the two points on the board after a poor performance last weekend against Cork


  1. Wexford defeat Galway: This Wexford team are motoring at this early stage and they followed up their opening league win over Limerick, with a win over Galway at Salthill on Sunday. Wexford were superb to be fair throughout the field. Galway lead by 7 points at one stage but the fighting spirit that Davy Fitzgerald has brought to Wexford was once again evident as they kept plugging away until the bitter end. Next up for Galway is a home tie against Laois, while Wexford who top Division 1b now will face Kerry in Wexford Park on March 5th. Wexford have put in a lot of early season work and this is paying off. Wexford have made no secret of the fact that their aim is to get up to Division 1A. This would be a huge achievement for Wexford. They have beaten the main contenders for promotion, so bar a big shock, Wexford will be up in Division 1A next year.



  1. Offaly defeated yet again: Where is it all going wrong for Offaly? They were comprehensively beaten by midland rivals Laois at the weekend. They had two players sent off as well which won’t do them any favours considering they have games against Limerick and Wexford to come. The fact is Offaly are staring down the barrel now to relegation to Division 2a, may be that is their level. Something needs to change in Offaly and fast or it will be a short summer for them. Offaly need to get their best players on the pitch. A lot of players have declined an invitation to the County panel. This has been a huge problem. They don’t seem to have any leaders at present and are declining at an alarming rate.


  1. Kerry thought a lesson by Shannonsiders: Kerry were hammered by Limerick on Sunday by a massive 22 points, 6-21 to 3-08. The big talking point in the game was the performance of Limerick’s Ronan Lynch who hit 3-11 for Limerick, many will wonder why he didn’t start against Wexford. The games don’t get any tougher for the Kingdom though, as they will play Wexford in their next game on the 5th of March, before they play Offaly and Galway.


  1. Young Dubs upset the odds on Leeside: According to the bookmakers on Saturday evening Cork were 1/5 to defeat a Dublin side that were hammered by Tipperary in their opening league game. Dublin tore up the script though and upset the odds with a tremendous performance, Donal Burke, who played minor for Dublin last year was outstanding, while Eoghan O’Donnell and Eoghan Conroy were inspirational in a youthful Dublin side. Many people and pundits were predicting that Dublin were going to get hammered but that didn’t happen. Cunningham will be delighted to get two points on the board to relieve the pressure from the media and the Dublin public. The Cuala contingent will add more experience to the panel when they are back after club commitments.


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