Kilkenny edge out Galway to take Walsh Cup title
KILKENNY 0-20 GALWAY 0-18
A chilly day in Nowlan Park but there was plenty of heat and fire generated in the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup final where Kilkenny and Galway staged a dress rehearsal for their respective Allianz Hurling League starts next Sunday.
The Cats will be at home next Sunday against Waterford in Division 1A while Galway travel to Tullamore to face Offaly in Division 1B.
In the meantime, the first silverware of the season was on offer and it was a last chance for shadow squad players to impress the rival managers Brian Cody and Micheal Donoghue.
The likelihood of a high scoring game was strong, with the home team having garnered 10-81 in their three games en route to the final, and the Tribesmen compiling 7-106.
By the interval after a brisk opening half, Kilkenny led by 0-13 to 0-10.
Richie Hogan with eight points, six from frees, did the bulk of the Cats scoring, while Jason Flynn with 0-4, three from frees, and Joseph Cooney with two points led the Galway scoring charts.
Both keepers had to make point blank saves to keep their net intact. Galway's Colm Callanan advanced to block Richie Leahy's effort in the 20th minute, while Eoin Murphy denied Jason Flynn a goal five minutes later.
Of the two teams, Galway could be happier with the three point margin as the one side had most of the possession in the opening 35 minutes.
The second half was less than 10 minutes old when Martin Dolphin, the Galway centre back got a bad knock and the match was held up for over five minutes while he received treatment.
The player was stretchered off to sympathetic applause from the attendance of 4011. Gearoid McInerney replaced Dolphin.
Kilkenny were reduced to 14 men when Pat Lyng was sent off for a second yellow card offence in the 56th minute.
Galway had reason to rue a number of wides as they battled hard but failed to close the gap in a half that lasted an extra nine minutes of injury time.
Scorers: Kilkenny - R Hogan 0-11 (7f,2 65s); O Walsh 0-3; L Ryan 0-2; K Joyce, C Fogarty, P Lyng, C Martin 0-1 each
Galway - J Flynn 0-6 (5f); S Maloney 0-2 (1f); J Cooney 0-2; D Glennon 0-2; J Coen, C Callanan ,(f); S McInerney, A Tuohy, T Monaghan, A Harte 0-1
Kilkenny - E Murphy; J Holden, R Lennon, M Walsh; Kieran Joyce, P Murphy, C Fogarty; O Walsh, L Ryan; P Lyng, C Martin, M Malone; R Hogan, JJ Farrell, R Leahy
Subs - C O'Shea for C Fogarty (h.t); L Blanchfield for M Malone (42); S Morrissey for R Leahy (52); J Maher for C Martin (61); A Murphy for J J Farrell (70)
Galway - C Callanan; P Killeen, J Hanbury, J Grealish; A Tuohy, M Dolphin, A Harte; J Coen, D Nevin; S Maloney, J Cooney, D Glennon; S McInerney, J Flynn, C Whelan
Subs - T Monaghan for D Nevin (28); M Donohoe for
J Grealish (h.t); G McInerney for M Dolphin inj (50) P Flaherty for S McInerney (59); K McHugo for C Whelan (64);
Ref: P Murphy (Carlow)