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Micheal Donoghue's reign as Galway boss got off to a dream start as the Tribesmen beat an off-form Cork 1-27 to 1-21 in the Division 1 A Hurling League encounter at Pearse Park.
Seamus Harnedy netted the first goal of the match for Cork, but after St. Ita’s forward limped off, Galway hit 1-02 without reply as Niall Burke put the hosts ahead in the 17th minute.
Three Galway points in a row from Cathal Mannion, David Burke and Joe Canning gave Galway a six-point lead at the break, 1-15 to 1-9.
Patrick Horgan hit three points in a row, two from frees, shortly after the break but Galway responded to open up a 1-20 to 1-12 lead after 47 minutes, thanks to points from Canning, Conor Whelan, Mannion and Davy Glennon.
Cork cut back the lead to five points at one stage, but Galway stepped on the accelerator again to inflict a chastening defeat on new Cork boss Kieran Kingston in front of 5,000 supporters at Salthill.
Galway face Dublin in their next Division 1A match at Parnell Park next Saturday, while Cork face Waterford at Pairc Ui Rinn.
Waterford started the defence of their League Division 1 hurling title with a 0-14 to 0-10 victory over All-Ireland champions, Kilkenny at Walsh Park.
Waterford led by 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time but were hampered by the wind and heavy conditions, hitting 11 wides in the first half and another 7 in the second half.
Maurice Shanahan missed three frees, prompting a change of kicker with Patrick Curran taking over set-piece duties.
Kilkenny finished with 14 men after Colin Fennelly’s dismissal on a second yellow card in the 65th minute.
Clare beat Offaly 2-21 to 0-15 in their Division 1B opener at Cusack Park in Ennis.
Peter Duggan netted Clare's opening goal just before half-time, then Aaron Shanagher scored an added-time second to wrap up the victory.
Duggan and Offaly's Conor Doughan were both sent off midway through the second-half and Offaly finished the match with 13 men when Paddy Rigney was sent off for a second yellow card 12 minutes from the end.
In the other Division 1B fixture, Kerry beat Laois 1-24 to 2-14 at O'Moore Park in Ciaran Carey's first competitive game as Kerry senior hurling manager.