Friday 15 December 2017

Cats cruise to hat-trick

Kilkenny 1-26 Wexford 1-8

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane is challenged by Clare’s Ciaran Cooney during the Bord Gais Energy Munster U-21 HC semi-final. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Limerick’s Aaron Gillane is challenged by Clare’s Ciaran Cooney during the Bord Gais Energy Munster U-21 HC semi-final. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Kilkenny completed a hat-trick of Leinster titles in fine style at Nowlan Park yesterday when they proved much too good for Wexford.

The Cats are the defending All-Ireland champions, and this win puts them straight through to the decider for a showdown with Cork. They already won the minor and U-21 crowns in Leinster.

The championship attracted only three teams - Kilkenny, Wexford and Cork - but Kilkenny, champions in Leinster for the 17th time, won't mind.

They were much too good for the Slaneysiders. The winners were deadly in front of goal and the contest was long over before wing-forward Paul Holden shot their goal in the 52nd minute.

Kilkenny hit the ground running with early points from Darragh Brennan and Edmond Delaney, against one reply from a free by Jack Hobbs. After that, Wexford were under pressure to cope.

SCORERS - Kilkenny: R Donnelly 0-9 (3f, 1 '65'), P Holden 1-5, D Brennan 0-5, S Carey 0-2, C Fleming, JP Treacy, E Delaney, M Power, J Power 0-1 each. Wexford: J Hobbs 0-5 (5f), N Murphy 1-0, J Doyle 0-2, L French 0-1.

Kilkenny - D Aylward; N Doherty, G Teehan, D Prendergast; B Whelan, C Fleming, J Cahill; JP Treacy, V Costello; P Holden, D Brennan, E Delaney; S Carey, M Power, R Donnelly. Subs: M Keoghan for Costelloe (h-t), L Hickey for Delaney (43), N Walsh for Donnelly (50), E Egan for Cahill (50), J Power for Treacy (52).

Wexford - L Murphy; G Foley, S O'Gorman, M O'Brien; D Bolger, N Breen, D Doyle; L French, C Farrell; C Moore, S Kenny, T French; N. Murphy, S Murphy, J Hobbs. Subs: S Kelly for D Doyle (h-t), B O'Gorman for Murphy (h-t), J Doyle for French (h-t), C Bennett for Bolger (40), R Barron for Farrell (47).

Ref - J O'Brien (Laois).

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