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Down keep promotion bid on track with victory

Staff Reporter

Down hurlers are still on course for promotion from Division 2B after beating rivals Mayo by 0-17 to 0-13 in Newry yesterday.

However, Armagh and Derry had disappointing defeats on the road in the hurling league yesterday.

Armagh lost 2-14 to 0-15 to Wicklow in Aughrim while in Division 2A, Derry were hammered 2-20 to 0-12 by Carlow.

Monaghan and Fermanagh recorded victories in Division 3A against Louth and Longford respectively to stay in the promotion hunt.

Tyrone also kicked off their hurling season with an opening day victory over Leitrim in Division 3B, by 0-14 to 1-7 in Omagh.

All-Ireland champions Clare defeated Tipperary 4-15 to 0-20 in Division 1A's glamour tie at Thurles.

Conor McGrath scored a hat-trick for Davy Fitzgerald's side.

Clare could have had another couple of goals but Tipp netminder Darren Gleeson kept out Peter Duggan and Shane O'Donnell within a minute.

Tipp rarely threatened the Clare goal but when they did, Donal Tuohy was on hand to keep out John O'Dwyer and James Woodlock in the second half.

Seven points separated the sides at the final whistle but in reality, there was a gulf in class between the two sides at Semple Stadium.

Kilkenny, having narrowly lost to Clare in their opener, bounced back well against Tipperary in a goalfest last week and they survived a second-half comeback from Galway before winning by 2-16 to 1-16 at Nowlan Park.

The Cats led by nine points at the break, 2-11 to 0-8, but held on to move onto four points alongside Clare and Waterford, who beat Dublin by 1-13 to 1-10.

In Division 1B, there were wins for Cork against Offaly and Limerick over Wexford.

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