Kelly class overpowers hapless Cats
Joe Kelly turned in a champagne performance for Wicklow as they steamrollered hapless Kilkenny in Freshford.
There was a touch of class about everything the Baltinglass man did and he contributed 1-7, while Seanie Furlong chipped in with 1-5.
Wicklow led by 3-11 to 1-1 at half-time, having gifted Kilkenny their goal when a short kick-out by John Flynn went horribly wrong and allowed James Culleton to score from close range. The game generated a bit of heat in the last two minutes as four players picked up yellow cards and Kilkenny's JJ Dunphy was sent off on a second yellow.
Man of the Match: J Kelly (Wicklow)
Scorers -- Wicklow: J Kelly 1-7, S Furlong 1-5, L Glynn 1-1, Tony Hannon 0-4, D O'Sullivan, A O'Malley, A Merriman 0-2 each, N Mernagh, P Cronin 0-1 each. Kilkenny: J Cullen 1-0, R Shore 0-1.
Wicklow -- J Flynn; C Hyland, N Gaffney, D Healy; B Murphy, R Finn, A Byrne; J Stafford, P Burke; N Mernagh, A O'Malley, J Kelly; D O'Sullivan, S Furlong, L Glynn. Subs: C Rossiter for Healy, A Merriman for Burke, M Doyle for Mernagh, T Hannon for O'Malley, P Cronin for O'Sullivan.
Kilkenny -- JJ O'Sullivan; D Fitzpatrick, D Grennan, JJ Grace; DB Kehoe, R O'Hara, J Cullinane; M Malone, JJ Dunphy; P McBride, B Byrne, S Duggan; J Dollard, J Culleton, R Shore. Subs: R O'Keeffe for McBride, J Fennelly for Shore, K Bergin for Kehoe, P Donnelly for Dollard.
Ref -- N Ward (Westmeath).