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Superb Clare in different league

It seems this Clare side are not going to allow a chink of light shine on any weaknesses as they routed Waterford 5-18 to 0-20 in Ennis.

Davy Fitzgerald's side started back late from their All-Ireland celebrations and although there were protestations on their ability to hit the ground running, they've been nothing but sensational.

They finished up with 5-18 in total here, but had already chalked up 4-15 by half-time.

Shane O'Donnell, the hat-trick hero of the All-Ireland final, landed 1-2 in that period and turned goal creator for Patrick Donnellan, Podge Collins and Peter Duggan.

Tipperary have lost their last three games – conceding 12 goals in the process – after a bright opening league win over Waterford, which leaves them in deep trouble.

Their latest loss, 3-16 to 1-19, was to Galway in Pearse Stadium. The Tribesmen had a lead of 3-8 to 0-9 to take into the break, Niall Healy, Conor Cooney with a penalty and Jonathan Glynn banging the goals in.

From then on the Galway intensity inevitably dropped off, Tipp substitute Shane McGrath adding something to the mix and drawing his side ever closer.

The dismissal of Iarla Tannian on 63 minutes for his second yellow card rocked Galway.

Seamus Callinan drilled home a 20-yard free to leave a three-point gap at the finish, with Galway just hanging on to their composure to see out the win.

Offaly dealt Limerick's promotion hopes from 1B a setback in O'Connor Park with a 2-15 to 2-15 draw thanks to Joe Bergin's 12th point with the last puck.

Limerick will rue their 12 wides, having been four points clear with time running out. Two second-half goals from Graeme Mulcahy put the Treaty County in the driving seat, but a Peter Geraghty goal in the 69th minute left Offaly just a point adrift.

Wexford beat Laois 2-21 to 1-18 at Wexford Park.

Down have one more game to play in Division 2B before they should be promoted, and will join Derry in the league above them, unless the Oak Leafers can pull off an impressive late promotion bid.

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