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Published: 20:17 | 20/2/16

Dubs and Deise victorious in NHL

Galway and Cork suffer NHL defeats

Dublin recorded an impressive victory over Galway in Division 1A of the Allianz National Hurling League, while Waterford won away to Cork.

Waterford move to the top of the table thanks to their 0-20 to 1-14 success at Pairc Ui Rinn, ahead of Sunday’s clash between Kilkenny and Tipperary, with winless Cork at the bottom of the six-team pile.

At Parnell Park, the Dubs bounced back from the opening-weekend hammering by Tipp with a fine performance to beat the Tribesmen 1-17 to 0-13.

Free maestro David Treacy scored six first-half points as the vibrant hosts secured a 0-10 to 0-7 lead at the break, with Joe Canning's scoring expertise largely responsible for keeping the visitors very much in touch.

The Metropolitans, though, probably ought to have had a larger lead at the interval, with Eamon Dillon having been denied a penalty despite a clear shirt-pull from John Hanbury. Dillon managed to get a weak shot away but James Skehill kept out the strike.

Galway suffered a blow when the injured Canning was replaced by Joseph Cooney at half-time, with Cathal Mannion taking over free-shooting duties from the talisman.

The Westerners were hit by a further setback early in the second period, as Sean McGrath drove an angled strike into the net after a fine collect-and-feed by Mark Schutte.

Galway never truly threatened to recover from the goal, with Mannion’s striking not up to the standard set by Canning, while Treacy continued his excellent accuracy at the other end to help his side to stroll over the line.

Down south, Cork fell to a three-point defeat to visitors Waterford.

The reigning league champions led 0-11 to 0-07 at the break, with Maurice Shanahan in particularly strong form.

Austin Gleeson also performed excellently for the visitors, who began to pull away from their hosts in the second period.

Cork, however, managed to claw their way back into the clash, before the atmosphere turned fiery late on, with Shanahan and Cork’s Alan Cadogan dismissed.

Pat Horgan, who had already struck six points, set up a tense finale when his injury-time free found the net but Waterford clung on to secure the two points and rise to the division's summit.

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