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Published: 15:51 | 13/3/16

AHL round-up: Tipp deny Galway at the death

Dublin end Waterford's winning run

A brilliant last-gasp point from John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dywer rescued a point for Tipperary as they drew with Galway in Division 1A of the National Hurling League at Pearse Stadium.

A sensational side line cut from Joe Canning in injury time looked to have sealed a thrilling win for Galway but Bubbles held his nerve with the last puck of the game to seal a draw, 2-19 to 1-22.

Tipperary started with a real intensity and they were five-points ahead after just five minutes, with Niall O’Meara raising the first green flag of the day.

Galway settled and reduced the gap through Canning, but it was Tipp who looked the hungrier in the opening half an hour as they opened up a 1-09 to 0-05 lead after 29 minutes.

The visitors looked in total control heading towards the interval but they were undone on the stroke of half time.

Canning collected just outside the ‘21 produced a moment of magic as he burst through the defence and fired home to leave just the minimum between the sides at the break

The second half started much like the first had finished with Canning levelling proceedings and the second half followed much the same pattern with neither side able to build a sizable advantage.

However, it was Galway who looked to have done enough in the final minutes when Niall Burke put them two ahead before they were again pegged back.

Canning again edged his side in-front with a sublime side line cut in the 73rd minute, but they were unable to hold on as Bubbles equalised to grab a dramatic and deserved draw for Tipp.

Elsewhere in Division 1A, Dublin denied Waterford their 11th straight win in the AHL with a hard fought 0-19 to 0-014 win at Walsh Park.

Waterford started the better and took an early three-point lead through scores from Colin Dunford and two from Patrick Curran.

Dublin, who hammered Cork at Croke Park last week, reacted well and levelled through a free from David Treacy, before Eamon Dillon continued his fine form with two scores in quick succession to put the visitors 0-05 to 0-03 ahead after 15 minutes.

It was nip and tuck after this as the sides traded scores, but it was the hosts who finished the half the stronger and went in one ahead at the break after a huge free from Austin Gleeson made it 0-08 to 0-07.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half followed much the same pattern as the first with the sides trading points, before Dublin upped the tempo and began to pull away.

Chris Crummey made it 0-13 to 0-11 in favour of the Dubs after 50 minutes and they never really looked back after this as they kept the scoreboard ticking over and sealed a five-point win with two huge frees from the ever impressive Treacy.

In Division 1B, second half goals from Aaron Cunningham and Bobby Duggan helped Clare to an easy 2-28 to 1-09 win over Kerry at Cusack Park.

Davy Fitzgerald’s men started well and raced into an eight-point lead after 24 minutes.

There was no let up from the hosts as they continues to pile on the scores and they went in nine up at the break, 0-15 to 0-09.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with Clare in total control as they ran out 20 point winners.

Earlier in the day, Offaly fought back from six-points down to secure an impressive 2-22 to 3-11 win over Wexford at Wexford Park.

The home side’s first two scores of the day raised green flags as they raced into an early lead, but it was all Offaly after this as they hit back to go in eight-points up at the break, 2-12 to 2-04.

And it was more of the same in the second period as the visitors kicked on and never let their lead slip below five as they sealed a 2-22 to 3-11 win.

In Division 2A, London kept alive their hopes of a top two finish with a hard fought 0-16 to 0-13 win over Derry in Celtic Park.

Elsewhere, Carlow made it three wins from four with an impressive 1-17 to 1-11 win over Antrim in Ballycastle.

In Division 2B, Armagh defeated Meath by 13-points, Wicklow had two goals to spare over Mayo in Mac Hale Park and Down hammered Donegal in Letterkenny.

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