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Waterford have made an impressive start to 2020 under new manager Liam Cahill.
Waterford have made an impressive start to 2020 under new manager Liam Cahill.

Preview: Allianz Hurling League Division One Group A


Allianz Hurling League Division One Group A

Sunday February 23

Waterford v Galway, Walsh Park, 2pm

Cork v Limerick, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 2pm,

Tipperary v Westmeath, Semple Stadium, 2pm

By Cian O'Connell

While postponements had an impact last weekend another interesting Sunday awaits.

At Walsh Park Liam Cahill's improving Waterford host Galway, who will be seeking to summon a response following a loss to Limerick.

It has been a satisfactory start to the campaign for Waterford, who have outfoxed Cork and Westmeath.

Despite leaking some soft scores early on against Cork, Waterford still found a way. There was plenty of resilience and spirit shown which will please Cahill.

Galway, under new manager Shane O'Neill, continue to carry out experiments in an effort to increase the depth of the panel.

O'Neill has stressed the value and importance of possessing options in the Championship so it will be worth monitoring those afforded opportunities to shine.

Conor Lehane and Seamus Harnedy, Cork, and Diarmuid Byrnes, Limerick, during a Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League encounter last month.
Conor Lehane and Seamus Harnedy, Cork, and Diarmuid Byrnes, Limerick, during a Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League encounter last month.

Pairc Ui Chaoimh provides the splendid backdrop to the latest instalment of Cork and Limerick.

Since losing to Waterford, Kieran Kingston's charges have beaten Tipperary and Westmeath.

The impending challenge with Limerick, who were powerful and potent when beating Galway, should be revealing.

With the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup over both counties will be near full strength Leeside. A lively encounter is anticipated.

All Ireland champions Tipperary welcome Westmeath to Thurles on Sunday.

Despite suffering two defeats thus far Liam Sheedy's team have shown flickers of their abundant ability.

Westmeath were dogged against Cork and will hope to be similarly competitive when facing the blue and gold standard bearers.

TIPPERARY (v Westmeath): Brian Hogan; Cathal Barrett, Barry Heffernan, Sean O'Brien; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Bryan O'Mara; Alan Flynn, Michael Breen; Mark Kehoe, Niall O'Meara, Cian Darcy; Jason Forde, Seamus Callanan, Jake Morris.

WATERFORD (v Galway): Stephen O'Keeffe; Shane Fives, Conor Prunty, Shane McNulty; Calum Lyons, Iarlaith Daly, Kevin Moran; Conor Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; Neil Montgomery, Jake Dillon, Jack Fagan; Jack Prendergast, Stephen Bennett, Patrick Curran.

GALWAY (v Waterford): James Skehill; Darren Morrissey, Gearoid McInerney, Seán Loftus; Padraic Mannion, Shane Cooney, Fintan Burke; Cathal Mannion, Adrian Tuohey; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Tadhg Haran; Seán Bleahene, Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney.

CORK (v Limerick): Patrick Collins; Sean O'Leary-Hayes, Eoin Cadogan, Colm Spillane; Tim O'Mahony, Bill Cooper, Robert Downey; Mark Coleman, Luke Meade; Robbie O'Flynn, Seamus Harnedy, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Declan Dalton, Shane Kingston, Patrick Horgan.

LIMERICK (v Cork): Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Aaron Costello; Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Paddy O'Loughlin; Cian Lynch, William O'Donoghue; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Darragh O'Donovan; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, David Dempsey.

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