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Published: 20:44 | 2/7/16

Cork hurlers edge past Dublin

Wins for Wexford, Limerick, Clare

Cork are through to round two of the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers after seeing off the dogged challenge of 14-man Dublin by 1-26 to 1-23 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Despite having played more than half the match with just 14 men after Chris Crummey was shown a second yellow card, the Dubs pushed Cork every inch of the way and the latter needed a late burst of scoring to finally seal a hard-fought win.

Alan Cadogan's 1-3 helped the Rebel County establish a 1-10 to 0-11 lead at half-time but Eamonn Dillon's second-half goal helped Dublin to be level on 1-22 each with just five minutes left.

However, points from Bill Cooper, Conor Lehane, Cadogan and Patrick Horgan - with only a solitary score in response from David Treacy - saw Cork pull clear of Dublin and book their place in the next round.

Wexford booked their place in the next round of All-Ireland SHC qualifiers with a comfortable win over Offaly but the game will be remembered for another refereeing disaster.

Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning had a goal not awarded in the first half, when his perfectly struck penalty hit the back stanchion before rebounding out of the goal.

Television replays confirmed that it was a goal but the match officials did not give it, apparently believing the ball had struck the angle of post and crossbar.

If the game had ended with a loss for Wexford by fewer than three points then another huge controversy could have ensued, hot on the heels of the Christy Ring final fiasco.

However, Paul Morris’ second half goal set the hosts on their way to a victory, one which was impressive considering Offaly had led by five points during the first period.

Wexford eventually won by a score of 1-21 to 1-13 with some semblance of dignity added to the scoreline for Offaly courtesy of Oisin Kelly’s consolation goal in added time.

David King was then dismissed in stoppage time to cap a miserable day for Offaly.

Limerick booked their place in round two of the All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers with a comfortable 1-24 to 0-18 win over Westmeath in Mullingar.

Limerick were dealt a blow when corner back Seanie O’Brien was shown a red card in the 29th minute for a foul on Cormac Boyle.

Westmeath, who played with the help of a stiff breeze in the first period, were 0-13 to 1-09 up at half-time, after the Treaty County had led by 0-6 to 0-1 after 10 minutes.

However, points from James Ryan and Shane Dowling – the latter’s from a free – put Limerick back ahead and they rode their luck when Brendan Murtagh knocked a penalty wide for the Leinster side in the 47th minute.

The game was nip and tuck until the late stages when Limerick rattled off five scores without reply to ease to victory.

Clare meanwhile are also through after they destroyed hapless Laois by 5-32 to 0-12 at Cusack Park.

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