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Controversy as Kilkenny survive scare

Published 28/07/2006 | 00:11

KILKENNY regained their Erin Leinster Under-21 Hurling title when they eventually overcame Dublin in a gripping final at Nowlan Park yesterday evening. The Dubs looked to be out of it at half-time when they trailed by 1-10 to 0-4 and were down to 14 men following the controversial sending off of midfielder William Lowry.

Kilkenny 2-18

Dublin 2-10

Erin Leinster U21 HC Final

KILKENNY regained their Erin Leinster Under-21 Hurling title when they eventually overcame Dublin in a gripping final at Nowlan Park yesterday evening.

The Dubs looked to be out of it at half-time when they trailed by 1-10 to 0-4 and were down to 14 men following the controversial sending off of midfielder William Lowry. He was dismissed by Meath referee Fergus Smith on a second yellow card in the 28th minute, but Dublin officials were insistent that Lowry had not received a first yellow card.

Far from allowing that setback undo them, the Dubs roared back into the match.

At one stage, they had the arrears back to three points and Kilkenny's fourth consecutive Leinster title looked in doubt. However, the Cats regrouped and a 56th minute goal from David McCormack, who crashed a long delivery from James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick to the net, killed off Dublin.

SCORERS - Kilkenny: D McCormack 1-5, M Nolan 1-3, A Murphy 0-3, J Fitzpatrick, D Fogarty 0-2 each, T J Reid, E O'Donoghue, P Hogan 0-1 each. Dublin: K O'Reilly 0-7, A McCrabbe, D Connolly 1 goal each, E Moran, G Morris, P Carson 0-1 each.

KILKENNY - L Tierney, C Joyce, D Cody, S Cummins, J Dalton, J Tennyson, P Hartley, M Fennelly, J Cha Fitzpatrick, T J Reid, A Murphy, D Fogarty, E O'Donoghue, M Nolan, D McCormack. Subs: P Hogan for Cummins (46), A Healy for O'Donoghue (51), G Nolan for Reid (61).

DUBLIN - A Nolan, G O'Meara, P Bergin, D O'Reilly, K Nolan, T Brady, C Billings, W Lowry, J McCaffrey, E Moran, G Morris, K O'Reilly, P Carton, D O'Dwyer, A McCrabbe. Subs: J Boland for Dwyer (35), K Dunne for Moran (40), D Connolly for Nolan (46), S Loughlin for McCrabbe (60).

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