Barry pounces to give Model hard-earned Leinster glory
Wexford 2-11 Kilkenny 0-14 - Leinster IHC final
A well-taken goal by Redmond Barry in the 51st minute put Wexford on the road to a gritty victory over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.
Kilkenny, who were poor during the opening half and trailed by 1-8 to 0-4 at the break, thundered back into the game in the second half. They drew level in the 50th minute when Padraig Phelan shot a point to make it 0-12 to 1-9.
However, within seconds a fatal error in defence undid all their earlier good work. When two defenders knocked into each other under a high ball, Barry got a clear run at goal and he made no mistake from close range.
Wexford regained their composure after being under huge pressure and they drove on. There was a quick exchange of points between Owen McGrath and Benny Jordan as Kilkenny kept the game alive.
However, Wexford held out to add to their provincial U-21 success.
Scorers: Wexford: J Berry 0-5 (2fs), J Reck 1-1, R Barry 1-0, T Dwyer, G Doran, M O'Hanlon, B Jordan, J Lawlor (f) 0-1 each. Kilkenny: W Phelan 0-5 (2fs), O McGrath, W O'Dwyer, J Brennan, M Grace (1f) 0-2 each, P Phelan 0-1.
Wexford: N Breen; B Mulligan, J Breen, B Kehoe; M Maloney, M Jacob, P Naughter; B Jacob , T Dwyer; E Kent, G Doran, J Berry; J Reck, M O'Hanlon, R Barry. Subs: P Murphy for O'Hanlon (25), B Jordan for Kent (40), T O'Leary for Berry (52), J Lawlor for Doran (58).
Kilkenny: L Tierney; E Doyle, M Walsh, S Cummins; J Lyng, P Hartley, R Doyle; P Deegan, W Phelan; O McGrath, G Brennan, M Grace; C Kenny, W O'Dwyer, J Brennan. Subs: S Kenny for C Kenny (24), I Duggan for Deegan (h-t), P Phelan for Hartley (h-t), L Harney for R Doyle (h-t), N Walsh for Grace (55).
Referee: D Harrington (Dublin).