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Malone seals sensational Cats victory

Kilkenny produced their own version of the late, late show at Nowlan Park last night when a 62nd-minute goal from midfielder Michael Malone earned them a sensational and rare victory.

Wexford, who had led most of the way, looked to have secured their passage through to the next round against Cavan when 57th and 60th-minute points from Seamus O'Loughlin and Sean O'Neill left them two in front.

However, Kilkenny were not finished.

In injury-time, Graham Lawlor pumped a long ball in from around midfield and Malone rose highest in the goal area to punch it into the net.

There was barely time for the kick-out.

At the break, the losers had led by 0-9 to 1-2 having played with the considerable advantage of the wind.

Scorers -- Kilkenny: D Prendergast 1-3 (2f), J J Dunphy 1-1, M Malone 1-0, J Fennelly 0-1. Wexford: M O'Regan 0-3f, J Holmes (1f), S O'Neill, J Carty 0-2 each, K Gore, S O'Loughlin, K Cahill, P Kelly 0-1 each.

Kilkenny -- J J O'Sullivan; D Gannon, T Kehoe, P Raftice; S Kenny, J Mackey, D Fitzpatrick; M Malone, M Mahony; E Vereker, M Duggan, J J Grace; D Prendergast, J J Dunphy, R Shore. Subs: M Saunders for E Vereker; G Lawlor for M Duggan; F McEnroe for M Mahony.

Wexford -- T Hughes; S Gaule, L Kent, N Murphy; D Gardiner, T Wall, S Culleton; M O'Regan, S O'Neill; J Carty, J Holmes, K Gore; K O'Grady, S O'Loughlin, K Cahill. Sub: P Kelly for K O'Grady; K Kehoe for J Carty; T Foley for S O'Loughlin; D Butler for N Murphy

Ref -- A Nolan (Wicklow).

Irish Independent