Saturday 24 February 2018

Kilkenny maul Derry by 52 points in blowout U21 semi-final win

Kilkenny 8-35 Derry 0-07

Kilkenny manager Eddie Brennan before the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Kilkenny and Derry at Semple Stadium in Tipperary. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kilkenny manager Eddie Brennan before the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Kilkenny and Derry at Semple Stadium in Tipperary. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Eddie Brennan's Kilkenny obliterated Derry with a dominant 52-point win to advance to the All-Ireland U21 final.

First-half goals from John Donnelly, Richie Leahy, Shane Walsh and a brace from Billy Ryan had Brennan's charges entering the break with a commanding 5-12 to 0-04 lead at half-time.

Further goals from Walsh, Luke Scanlon and Eoin Kenny turned a blowout into a humiliating annihilation as the Cats blew past Derry to advance to their first All-Ireland U21 final since 2012.

Kilkenny manager Brennan said that his side learned nothing from the walkover win and that the GAA should consider introducing an open draw at U21 level.

"That doesn't benefit anyone," Brennan told TG4.

"If you were going to look at possibly introducing an open draw to pilot it and see how it works, maybe U21 level is the one to go."

Kilkenny: D Brennan; M Cody, C Delaney, N McMahon (0-01); D Mullen (0-01), J Cleere, T Walsh; L Scanlon (1-01), H Lawlor (0-01); R Leahy (1-01), J Donnelly (1-07), S Morrissey (0-01); S Walsh (2-07, 0-5f), L Blanchfield (0-06), B Ryan (2-00).

Subs: J Walsh (1-03) for Ryan (21), A Nolan for Cleere (22), A Murphy (0-04, 1f) for Leahy (h-t), E Kenny (1-01) for Morrissey (h-t), R Bergin (0-01) for T Walsh (47)

Derry: F McEldowney; S Higgins, P Turner, R McCartney; E McGill, C Steele (0-01), S McGuigan; C McAllister, C Kelly; T Magee, O McKeever, C Reilly (0-01); D Cartin (0-01, f), C O’Doherty (0-03), G Farren.

Subs: B Laverty (0-01) for Magee (h-t), P Burke for Higgins (h-t), C McCrystal for McEldowney (37), S McKeever for Turner (42), S Quinn for McGuigan (52)

Referee: J O’Brien (Laois).

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