David Reidy impressed for Clare against Waterford last weekend.
David Reidy impressed for Clare against Waterford last weekend.

Preview: Weekend's senior inter-county hurling action

Saturday January 22

Walsh Cup

Antrim v Galway, Darver, 2pm

Wexford v Kilkenny, Chadwicks Wexford Park, 2pm

Sunday January 23

Munster Hurling Cup Final

Clare v Limerick

Walsh Cup

Offaly v Dublin, Birr, 2pm

With more than 5,000 tickets sold Sunday's Munster Hurling Cup Final involving Clare and Limerick is gathering plenty of attention.

Brian Lohan's Clare took significant encouragement from the manner of the win over Waterford at the penultimate stage.

Clare's David Reidy was sharp rifling over nine points for the Banner, while goalscoring contributions from Mark Rodgers and substitute Shane Meehan mattered deeply.

Limerick, though, took care of business against Kerry with trademark authority.

The All Ireland champions were prompted by David Reidy's 1-14 haul, while Brian O'Grady and Cathal O'Neill, and Pat Ryan were also prominent.

O'Grady and O'Neill's development should be worth monitoring in the coming weeks when the Allianz Hurling League commences.

In the Walsh Cup Wexford and Kilkenny clash on Saturday afternoon in what promises to be an interesting encounter.

An experimental Kilkenny outfit, sprinkled with new players, proved too strong for Laois with Shane Walsh and Emmet Landy motoring smoothly.

Wexford, now managed by former Tipperary player and selector Darragh Egan, should relish the Kilkenny challenge on home turf.

A mixture of emerging and established players featured in Wexford's win over Laois with Billy Dunne, Ross Banville, and Cathal Dunbar impressing.

New Wexford manager Darragh Egan.
New Wexford manager Darragh Egan.

Following a heavy loss to Dublin, Henry Shefflin's Galway will be hoping to summon a response in Darver against Antrim.

Despite suffering a defeat against Offaly, Darren Gleeson's charges enjoyed some promising moments in that match.

On Sunday St Brendan's Park in Birr provides the backdrop for Offaly's tussle with Dublin.

Offaly, with Eoghan Cahill in splendid form hurled well against Galway, and Michael Fennelly's team followed that up with a victory over Antrim.

Now the Faithful County will be eager to test Dublin, who cruised to a convincing success over Galway.

Donal Burke struck 0-18, while Chris Crummey, Rian McBride, and Eoghan O'Donnell were other influential figures for Dublin.