Kilkenny and Limerick are through to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals as Leinster and Munster champions, respectively, where they will be joined by two from the following: Carlow, Clare, Dublin, Galway,Offaly, Tipperary.
The preliminary quarterfinals take centre-stage on Saturday, followed a week later by the quarterfinals.
The preliminary quarter-final pairings as follows:
- Offaly v Tipperary, Glenisk O’Connor Park, 4.00pm (Winner plays Galway)
- Carlow v Dublin, Netwatch Cullen Park, 5.00pm (Winner plays Clare)
CARLOW V DUBLIN
Carlow arrive at the preliminary quarter-final stage as Joe McDonagh Cup champions, having beaten Offaly in extra-time in the final. All in all Carlow won four and drew two of their six Joe McDonagh Cup games. The BArrowsider were last in the preliminary quarter-final in 2018 when they lost to Limerick.
Dublin finished third behind Galway and Kilkenny in the Leinster ‘round robin’. Michael Donoghues team won two, drew two and lost one of their five Leinster SHC games. Dublin were last in the preliminary quarter-final in 2019 when they lost to Eddie Brennan lead Laois by two points.
Carlow and Dublin last met in the championship in 2019 when Dublin won by 2-22 to 1-13 in the Leinster ‘round robin’. Prior to that, they hadn’t met in the championship since 2000.
Tale of the tape:
DUBLIN (LEINSTER ROUND ROBIN)
- Antrim 1-19 Dublin 1-19
- Dublin 2-23 Westmeath 1-14
- Dublin 1-22 Wexford 0-23
- Kilkenny 0-27 Dublin 0-21
- Dublin 2-22 Galway 1-25
CARLOW (JOE McDONAGH CUP)
- Carlow 5-23 Kildare 0-19
- Kerry 0-21 Carlow 0-21
- Carlow 1-22 Laois 1-22
- Carlow 6-23 Down 0-28
- Carlow 1-29 Offaly 0-14
- Carlow 2-29 Offaly 1-31 aet (Final)
You can listen to the game live on KCLR this Saturday, with coverage for the match begining at 2pm. While you are waiting why not listen back to all the Joe McDonagh Cup win reaction below on Scoreline Extra: