Tuesday 25 July 2017

Stand-ins deliver for Brennan as young Cats ease past DCU

Adrian Burke of Kilkenny in action against Aaron Murphy of DCU Dochas Eireann. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Adrian Burke of Kilkenny in action against Aaron Murphy of DCU Dochas Eireann. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

John Knox

A shadow Kilkenny team led virtually from start to finish to secure a relatively trouble-free win over DCU in the Walsh Cup at MW Hire Dunmore Park last night.

Kilkenny 0-21 DCU 0-12

Eddie Brennan managed a team made up largely of U-21 players, and he was very happy to register a victory before stepping aside for the next game.

Pat Lyng of Kilkenny in action against AJ Murphy and Gavin Bailey of DCU Dochas Eireann. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Pat Lyng of Kilkenny in action against AJ Murphy and Gavin Bailey of DCU Dochas Eireann. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The Cats opened with two early points from free-taker Kevin Farrell, and while DCU hit back through Patrick Curran and Padraig Foley to draw level in the 12th minute, that was the only time the students shared parity.

The winners regained the lead with a free by Farrell following a foul on Sean Buggy, and they raced away to an interval lead of 0-11 to 0-5, with Farrell contributing five scores.

The losers weren't as far off the pace as the score would suggest, but nine wides didn't help their cause at all.

Curran was their main source of scores during that half, with three points.

Paul O'De of DCU Dochas Eireann in action against Sean Buggy and John Donnelly of Kilkenny. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Paul O'De of DCU Dochas Eireann in action against Sean Buggy and John Donnelly of Kilkenny. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Flying

Kilkenny opened the new half with a point from the flying Richie Leahy within 90 seconds of the restart.

When Stephen O'Farrell and Tommy Walsh, with two long-range frees, continued the good work, the visitors suddenly found themselves 0-15 to 0-6 behind and the game was slipping away from them.

Eoghan McHugh and Aaron Murphy picked off points to keep DCU in the hunt, but they were unable to build on those gains.

They were eight points off the pace in the 59th minute when Curran put Eoghan McHugh through on goal, but he was denied a maximum by a brilliant save by home goalie Darren Brennan. That was as good as it got for the students.

Kilkenny's next match will be against Antrim on January 15 in Abbotstown, but the Cats will have the 'big boys' back then.

The senior squad is currently on holiday in San Diego, but they will step right back into action when they return early next week.

SCORERS - Kilkenny: K Farrell 0-5fs, J Bergin 0-4 (2fs), S Buggy 0-3, T Walsh (2fs), P Lyng, S Murphy 0-2 each, J Donnelly, S O'Farrell, A Burke 0-1 each. DCU: P Curran 0-6 (5fs), J O'Connor 0-2, P Foley, R McBride, E McHugh, A Murphy 0-1 each.

Kilkenny - D Brennan; K Mullen, E Cody, M Cody; S Murphy, C Browne, T Walsh; O Walsh, C Fleming; K Farrell, P Lyng, R Leahy; S Buggy, J Donnelly, C Hennessy. Subs: K Crowley for Fleming; J Bergin for C Hennessy; S O'Farrell for K Farrell; A Burke for R Leahy; N Mullan for S Murphy.

DCU - R Gillen; A Maddock, S McCaw, P O'Dea; G Bailey, P Foley, L Fahey; R McBride, AJ Murphy; J Byrne, P Curran, P Kelly; D Staunton, K Doyle, E McHugh. Subs: D Brennan for A Maddock; J O'Connor for P Kelly; A Murphy for G Bailey; M Heeney for D Staunton; H O'Connor for K Doyle.

Ref - J Heffernan (Wexford).

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