Clare to face Cork while Galway battle with Waterford after the All-Ireland hurling round 2 qualifier draw

CLARE will battle Cork in a titanic round 2 All Ireland SHC qualifier, while Galway face Waterford in a repeat of the 2017 All Ireland final.

Brian Lohan’s men will come into their showdown with the Rebels on a high after overcoming their penalty controversy against Tipperary to beat Wexford.

Sean O' Donoghue of Cork is tackled by Ryan Taylor of Clare

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Sean O’ Donoghue of Cork is tackled by Ryan Taylor of Clare

Waterford needed an injury time winner to get past a Down side making their first appearance in the competition in 22 years.

Cork and Galway both received bye’s into the second round of qualifiers, they’ll be hoping the break will help them overcome the competition.

The matches will take place this Saturday, 24 July, in what promises to be a brilliant day of summer hurling.

The times and venues for the matches will be confirmed later today.

INSIGHT

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland after the draw, Tipp legend Shane McGrath gave an insight into what fans can expect.

He said: “It’s very exciting, getting to knockout hurling now with the weather heating up and now the draws are heating up.

“Clare v Cork. The last time they met, the 2019 Munster round robin, Clare won that by five, they’re coming in full of confidence. They’re not reliant on Tony Kelly anymore.

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“They had ten scorers at the weekend and Kelly was one of the lowest from play, so that’s a great thing for them. They’ll be coming in with confidence although Cork will too, after what they did against Limerick for so long.

“The Waterford-Galway one, I think they’ve played 11 times and Waterford have only lost once – but that was the All-Ireland final in 2017.

“They got the job done against Laois, they know they’ve a lot to do and Galway will know the same, only scoring 1-09 from play against Dublin.

“I think it’s the lowest they’ve scored from play in five years of championship hurling. They’ll know they’ve a lot to build on as well.”

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