Saturday 24 August 2019

Chin guides Leinster through after Fennelly sees red

Wexford star Chin picked up the slack. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Wexford star Chin picked up the slack. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Leinster had Colin Fennelly sent off and Ryan O'Dwyer removed to hospital but Lee Chin stepped up to the plate with a haul of 1-4 in Saturday's Interprovincial hurling semi-final victory.

Leinster 1-14 Connacht 1-12

A dismal attendance, well below 100 people, turned up at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh and the fare on offer barely rose above the mundane. Between them, the teams racked up as many wides, 28, as scores but Chin's class shone through as Leinster survived a difficult start to the second half.

Ahead by five points (1-7 to 1-2) at half-time, Leinster coughed up six of the first seven scores of the second half as Connacht drew level at 1-8 apiece. Fennelly got a straight red card for an off-the-ball clash with Paul Killeen but Wexford star Chin (above) picked up the slack and while the result remained in doubt until late on, Carlow's Martin Kavanagh nailed the insurance score in stoppage-time.

There was a lengthy delay at the end as O'Dwyer collided with Matthew Keating and given his history of head injuries, the Dublin forward was sent to hospital in Limerick for tests.

Leinster manager Ciarán Hetherton is now preparing for a final with Munster and a reunion with Anthony Daly, who he worked alongside as a selector with Dublin.

Hetherton said: "It's great for us to get through - we were under pressure after conceding the first four scores of the second half but great to come out with a two-point victory."

Leinster got off to the ideal start when Chin took a pass from Fennelly to open the scoring with a fifth-minute goal.

Joseph Cooney netted for a Connacht starting 15 made up entirely of Galway players in the 18th minute but Leinster hit four of the five points before half-time to lead by five at the interval.

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Connacht, managed by Galway boss Micheál Donoghue, visibly upped the ante after the break and looked good for victory when Fennelly was dismissed, but the Westerners failed to make their numerical advantage count.

Scorers - Leinster: L Chin 1-4, S Dooley 0-3fs, C Crummey, S Ryan, W Walsh, C Fennelly, M Kavanagh, G Keegan & R O'Dwyer 0-1 each. Connacht: J Cooney 1-0, C Cooney (3fs), N Burke (1f) 0-3 each, C Mannion, J Flynn (sl), D Burke, A Harte, J Skehill (f), P Flaherty 0-1 each.

LEINSTER - J Dempsey; M Whelan, T Doyle (Westmeath), L Ryan; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Crummey; C Fogarty, S Ryan; W Walsh, L Chin, C Dwyer; S Dooley, E Dillon, C Fennelly. Subs: R O'Dwyer for Dillon (ht), G Keegan for Dwyer (38), M Kavanagh for Dooley (38), D Murphy for O'Dwyer (60).

CONNACHT - J Skehill; M Donohue, P Killeen, J Hanbury; G McInerney, P Mannion, M Conneely; J Coen, D Burke; S Maloney, J Cooney, C Cooney; B Molloy, C Mannion, J Flynn. Subs: N Burke for Molloy (39), D Glennon for Flynn (39), A Harte for Coen (40), C Freeman for C Cooney (44), P Brehony for Donohue (47), P Flaherty for Killeen (50), M Keating for D Burke (55), J Kilkenny for McInerney (57), C Dolan for Maloney (57), S McInerney for Keating (60).

Ref - C Lyons (Cork)

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