What All-Ireland hurling semi-finals look like now as preliminaries go to script
Wexford and Limerick did as was expected of them in Cullen Park and in Mullingar.
The Treaty County destroyed Limerick in Carlow on Saturday evening and though Wexford were made earn their quarter final spot after a gallant Westmeath effort, they too booked their place in the last eight.
John Kiely's Shannonsiders will have been gunning for this one after such disappointment against Clare last time out. They were a class apart from the Joe McDonagh Cup champions as they started off like a team on a mission and never once let up.
Both team started as per Match Programme pic.twitter.com/XtGDVxmett
— Limerick GAA (@LimerickCLG) July 7, 2018
Kyle Hayes struck a goal early on and this was quickly followed up by green flags from Graeme Mulcahy and Aaron Gillane. By minute 19, Limerick were 3-3 to 0-3 up and this game was all over bar the shouting. They would go onto win by 24 points, on a final scoreline of 5-22 to 0-13.
Westmeath stuck it to Wexford for large parts on the other hand but in the end, goals from David Dunne and Conor McDonald broke their spirit. Davy Fitzgerald's men went onto win by 2-21 to 0-16.
This means that the fixtures for the All-Ireland quarter and semi-finals have now become an awful lot clearer.
Quarter final 1
Wexford V Clare
Davy Fitzgerald will lead his yellow bellies into battle against his native county in a game that will take place on July 15.
Quarter final 2
Limerick V Kilkenny
Semi final 1
Cork V winners of Quarter final 2
Semi final 2
Galway V winners of Quarter final 1