Saturday night lights in Thurles for the hurling decider


Waterford and Cork play the Allianz Hurling League final in Thurles on Saturday night, while the football final between Kerry and Mayo will be played at Croke Park on Sunday with a throw-in at 4pm.

Hose games followed a dramatic day, particularly in the Football League, as Dublin and Kildare were relegated from the top flight and Division 1 was left without a Leinster team for the first time ever.

In the 1930s to early 70s the league had no proper Division 1 and was run on a regional basis, but Dublin, Meath, Offaly, Kildare and Laois have since contested it.

Not in 2023, however, when Dublin’s poor league campaign caught up with them and Jack McCarron raged in the absence of Conor McManus to make it 2-6.

Kildare got the better of Mayo as they have been threatening for so long and are also down with five points.

Tyrone held his own again to avoid relegation with a rare win in Killarney, but Kerry had already qualified and faced Mayo in the league finals, a repeat of the 2019 decider which Mayo won.

Roscommon meet Galway in next week’s Division 2 league final at Croke Park (1.45) thanks to a comfortable win over a weakened Galway side who had already qualified. It is Roscommon’s fourth promotion to Division One in eight years.

In the end, Cork survived a real scare as they came down from a point in the closing stages to defeat Offaly at Tullamore. Offaly joins the already relegated Down who lost to Clare in Division 3 next year.

Laois drop to Division 4 with Wicklow after losing to Longford 2-17 1-13, a result that put them on the wrong side of the head-to-head game after she and Longford at five points had completed. Reaching the O’Byrne Cup final in January is quite a disappointment.

Mickey Harte’s rise with Louth continues with their 2-17 to 1-13 victory over Wicklow, ensuring they move to Cavan and Tipperary with Limerick, whom they meet in a Croke Park Division 3 final at 4.45pm on Saturday , who throw, advance to Division 2 at 2.30pm at Croke Park for the Division 4 finals.

The Cork/Waterford Hurling League final, a replay of the 2015 play-off, will be thrown on at 7.15am in Thurles with Down and Westmeath in the Division 2A final at 4.45am at the same venue. Saturday night lights in Thurles for the hurling decider

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