Hannon's treble joy
Tony Hannon led the charge with a hat-trick of goals as Wicklow warmed up for next weekend's big shoot-out with Roscommon by crushing Kilkenny in Castlecomer and boosting their scoring average in the process.
Kilkenny trailed by 1-5 to 0-1 on 15 minutes, Hannon having opened the goal rush in the third minute. However, the Cats were sitting pretty in the 26th minute when David Garvery punched a goal against all the odds to make it 1-6 to 1-2.
It was only a brief interlude as Hannon had the ball in the net again within a minute.
Wicklow then had full-back Stephen Kelly red-carded after an off-the-ball incident but it made little difference.
Man of the Match: S Furlong (Wick)
Scorers -- Wicklow: S Furlong 1-7 (2f), T Hannon 3-0, P Cunningham, D Hayden 0-3 each, J Stafford, P McWalter, A O'Malley 0-1 each. Kilkenny: D Garvey 1-0, JJ Dunphy 0-2, M Saunders, P Donnelly, G Lawlor (f) 0-1 each.
Wicklow -- J Flynn 5; P Higgins 6, S Kelly 6, A Byrne 6; D Healy 6, P Dalton 6, D Hayden 7; R Finn 6, J Stafford 7; T Hannon 9, A Malley 8, P McWalter 5; P Cunningham 7, S Furlong 9, P Earls 6. Subs: C McGraynor 6 for Earls (15), S Kavanagh 5 for McWalter (ht), JP Dalton 5 for McGraynor (54), B Dalton 5 for Furlong (60), A McLoughlin 5 for Byrne (64).
Kilkenny -- JJ O'Sullivan 5; D Grennan 5, T Kehoe 7, C Foran 6; D Fitzpatrick 5, S Mahony 6, M Malone 5; B Kehoe 5, JJ Grace 5; P Raftice 5, JJ Dunphy 7, M Saunders 6; P Donnelly 5, D Garvey 5, G Lawlor 5. Subs: M Duggan 5 for Donnelly (56), T Maher 5 for Garvey (64).
Ref -- M Rock (Clare).