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Kevin Kelly scored two late goals as Kilkenny secured a 2-17 to 0-18 NHL Division 1A victory over Tipperary at Nowlan Park.
Tipp led by 0-17 to 0-15 with two minutes remaining on the clock, before Kelly gave the All-Ireland champions a dramatic lead when he bundled home Jonjo Farrell's cross, then the Ballyragget star smashed home a second three minutes into injury-time after running on to a clearance to give Brian Cody's men their first victory of the year.
Limerick beat Kerry hurlers 1-19 to 1-15 in NHL Division 1B at Fitzgerald Stadium, though Ciaran Carey’s side deserve great credit for their second half performance in limiting Limerick to just three points, through two Declan Hannon frees and a late Sean Tobin point.
Limerick led by 12 points at one stage, soon after Declan Hannon’s 19th-minute goal, but Kerry netted a goal of their own through Mikey Boyle to reduce Limerick's lead to 1-16 to 1-5 at the break.
However, Kerry were never really able to get a foothold in the game following five wides in the opening stages of the second half, although they did outscore Limerick by five points to one in the last moments of the match.
Offaly battled back from the dismissal of Joey O’Connor to beat Laois 1-17 to 0-15 in Division 1B at O’Connor Park in Tullamore.
O’Connor was shown a straight red card for lashing out at Ciaran Collier, but the dismissal seemed to galvanise the home side, who wrapped up their first victory of the campaign following last weekend's defeat to Clare, when debutant Liam Langton netted a 70th minute goal.
In the final Divison 1B match of the afternoon, Davy Fitzgerald's Clare beat Wexford 0-18 to 1-11 at Wexford Park.
The home side, who went 19 minutes without a point in the first half, nevertheless went into the break with a 1-06 to 0-07 lead thanks to goalkeeper Mark Fanning's penalty.
Clare were still a point down in the 65th minute, but four points in a row secured the win for the Banner County.
"It was great to fight out a result like that, because we were finding it hard, in the second half," Fitzgerald said afterwards.
"Wexford were really dogging it out there, dominated for good patches of the second half, but we didn’t panic.
"What’s more important is to win them like that, the hard way. The players believed in themselves, backed themselves, and that’s good, although I always felt we were going to win it.
"Maybe that’s just my own head. We just needed to create a few more chances, and we got back running at them.
"So I’m happy with the effort. I don’t know yet exactly where it will take is, but I want us to be competitive, and we’re there or thereabouts. We’ll keep plugging away."