Drennan digs deep to get Cats over line
Kilkenny 3-13 Wexford 2-15
Kilkenny and Billy Drennan in particular had to dig deep in fashioning out victory over Wexford in the Leinster MHC round robin in Enniscorthy.
While there was little between the teams for the most part, Kilkenny trailed as Wexford built a 0-7 to 0-3 lead by the end of the opening quarter, with A J Redmond picking off four excellent points. Drennan's frees kept the champions in touch.
Wexford received a cruel blow with the 23rd-minute dismissal of corner-back Dylan Whelan for interfering with a helmet. Within two minutes, Drennan struck for a goal, which left Wexford ahead by 0-12 to 1-6 at the interval having played with the breeze.
Just 30 seconds into the second half, Drennan and Cian Byrne exchanged pointed frees, but the sides were deadlocked, 1-10 to 0-13, entering the final quarter.
Eight minutes from the end Kilkenny sub Timmy Clifford found the net but his side lost Tristan Roche to a straight red card. In additional time a Cian Molloy goal from a 25-metre free left a point separating the sides, 2-13 to 1-15. Then came two late goals, Jack Doyle powering home for the Noresiders, and Richie Lawlor netting for Wexford but it was too late to affect the result.
Scorers - Kilkenny: B Drennan 1-8 (6f, 2 '65), J Doyle 1-1, T Clifford 1-0, P McDonald, C O'Sullivan, L Moore, A Tallis 0-1 each Wexford: A J Redmond 0-7 (5f), C Molloy 1-2 (1-0f), R Lawlor 1-1, C Byrne 0-2 (1f), L Kavanagh, C Foley, D O'Neill 0-1 each.
Kilkenny - A Rafter; Z Bay Hammond, W Halpin, T Roche; P McDonald, P Moylan, J Aylward; A Hickey, D Walsh; C O'Sullivan, L Moore, A Tallis; B Drennan, J Doyle, S Doyle. Subs: T Clifford for S Doyle (37); P Blanchfield for Tallis (55); P Foley for Hickey (60).
Wexford - C Byrne; D Whelan, E Cullen, D Codd; J Moran, K Scallan, C Molloy; J Kirwan, L Kavanagh; C Foley, D O'Leary, D O'Neill; A J Redmond, R Lawlor, C Byrne. Subs: D Cantwell for Foley (h-t); P Whitty for O'Leary (45); J Sheil for Cantwell (45).
ReF - S Guinan (Offaly)