Dublin to meet Cork in first round of All-Ireland SHC qualifiers

Clare to meet Laois with defending champions Tipperary and Wexford given a bye

Mattie Kenny’s Dublin have been drawn to play Cork in the qualifiers. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mattie Kenny’s Dublin have been drawn to play Cork in the qualifiers. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

 

Beaten provincial semi-finalists Dublin and Cork will resume their hurling championship campaigns with a Semple Stadium qualifier on Saturday.

The Thurles venue will host the meeting of Mattie Kenny’s men, beaten by Kilkenny despite a dramatic Croke Park comeback last weekend, and Cork who were dumped out of Munster by Waterford.

Clare and Laois will travel to Nowlan Park for the other Round 1 qualifier while All-Ireland holders Tipperary and Wexford have received byes to Round 2.

It means that Tipp, soundly defeated by Limerick on Sunday, have to win two games to reach the All-Ireland semi-finals, one more than Limerick.

Dublin will take most momentum into Saturday’s qualifier ties after outscoring Kilkenny by 2-15 to 0-7 in the second-half of last Saturday’s Leinster semi-final, coming up a point short in the end.

The Dublin-Cork encounter will be broadcast by Sky Sports Mix with the same channel carrying Dublin’s Leinster SFC opener against Westmeath from Portlaoise at 6.15pm. The Clare-Laois game will be available on the GAAGO facility.

All-Ireland SHC Round 1 fixtures

Saturday

Clare v Laois, UPMC Nowlan Park, 1.15pm

Dublin v Cork, Semple Stadium, 3.45pm

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