Leinster MHC round up
Kilkenny 5-29 Offaly 1-9
It was a foot to the floor effort for Kilkenny as they maintained their unbeaten run when blitzing Offaly in Nowlan Park on Saturday.
By the break Kilkenny were 3-11 to 1-4 clear, and really it was game over.
Zack Bay Hamond and Charlie Mitchell swapped points after the restart, but Kilkenny tagged on nine more scores without reply by the 48th minute.
Despite the result, Offaly are still through to the quarter-finals. Kilkenny must wait until June before they see action in the semis.
SCORERS - Kilkenny: L Moore 1-7, T Clifford 2-2, B Drennan 0-4 (3f), I Byrne 0-4, S Doyle 1-1, J Doyle 1-0, D Walsh 0-3, A Hickey, Z Bay Hammon, A Tallis 0-2 each, J Aylward, P Blanchfield 0-1 each. Offaly: L Nolan 0-5 (3f), D Murray 1-0, C Mitchell 0-3, David Tooher 0-1 (f).
Kilkenny - A Rafter; B Reid, W Halpin, P Foley; P McDonald, P Moylan, J Aylward; A Hickey, D Walsh; C O'Sullivan, L Moore, Z Hammond; B Drennan, T Clifford, J Doyle. Subs: I Byrne for Doyle; P Blanchfield for Drennan; S Doyle for Hickey; A Tallis for Hammond; J McNamara for O'Sullivan.
Offaly - A Fitzgerald; JJ O'Brien, K Rigney, C Hardiman; J Ryan, R Cleary, J Hoctor; C Mitchell, S Burke; J Screeney, L Nolan, S Buckley; N Lyons, D Murray, D Tooher. Subs: L Wyer for S. Buckley; L Watkins for Hoctor; D Murray for Tooher; L Carey for Ryan; P Cleary for Lyons.
Ref - C Flynn (Westmeath)
Wexford 2-17 Dublin 3-14
Wexford staged a dramatic revival from being nine points adrift with 12 minutes left to force a draw with an up-to-then dominant Dublin at Enniscorthy on Saturday.
Dublin led 2-10 to 0-8 at the interval through two goals from Ben McSweeney, with only AJ Redmond frees keeping the home side in contention. And they looked to have wrapped up the win when Cian Keher hit the net on 42 minutes for a 3-11 to 0-13 lead.
A Josh Sheil goal seven minutes from the end lifted the home side, with sub David Cantwell finding the net on 56 minutes, before two Redmond frees secured a draw.
scorers – Wexford: AJ Redmond 0-11, (9f); J Sheil 1-1; D Cantwell 1-0; C Byrne 0-2; C Foley, C Molloy (f), D O’Neill 0-1 each. Dublin: B McSweeney, 1-4, (3f), C Keher 1-3 (1f), B Scanlon 1-1, D Purcell 0-4; J O’Brien, C Murray 0-1 each.
Wexford – C Byrne; J Conroy, E Cullen, D Codd; J Moran, K Scallan, C Molloy; J Kirwan, L Kavanagh; J Sheil, D O’Leary, D O’Neill; A J Redmond, R Lawlor, C Byrne. Subs: C Browne for Cullen HT), C Foley for O’Leary (ht), D Cantwell for Byrne (37), O Pepper for Kavanagh (48), P Whitty for O’Neill (60).
Dublin – E O’Connor; C Burke, D Crowe, T O’Brien; R Malone, J O’Brien, C O Cathasaigh; C O Tuathaill, C Walsh; B McSweeney, C Murray, D Purcell; C Keher, L Swan, B Scanlon. Subs: J Flanagan for Malone (44); E Dowling for Keher (49).
Ref – G Quilty (Kilkenny).
Carlow 6-20 Down 0-5
Carlow produced an excellent performance at the Fingallians ground on Saturday to top Tier 3 of the Leinster Minor Hurling championship and assure themselves of a knock-out game against Westmeath next weekend.
In the opening minutes Down took the game to their rivals but Carlow netted two goals to help them into a 2-11 to 0-1 interval lead.
There was no let-up from the eventual winners after the restart and Carlow turned the screw at the end with substitute, Jake Doyle, scoring two goals.
Scorers – Carlow: B Bolger 2-3, C Kehoe 0-7 (6f), S Tracey 1-3, J Doyle 2-0, T Doran 1-0, L Brennan 0-2, J McCullough, E Kealy, F O’Toole J Wall, N Bolger 0-1 each. Down: F Codwell 0-2(2f), C Lavery (‘65), T McGrattan, C Savage 0-1 each.
Carlow – D Slye, L Doyle, M Joyce, E English; DDeacon, G Kavanagh, N Bolger; J Wall, F Fitzpatrick; L Brennan, C Kehoe, T Doran; B Bolger, S Tracey, F O’Toole (J Doyle (51). Subs: E Kealy for Tracey (38), J McCullough for Kehoe (41), M Nolan for Brennan (47), J Doyle for O’Toole (51), J Dundon for Doran (54).
Down – C Lavery; C Savage, D Kelly, M Malone); E Bell, LBoyd, J Fisher; I Hussein, J Duggan; F Collins; R O’Neill, T McGrattan; E Magee, F Codwell, N Kelly. Subs: J Bell for Fisher (26), R McGrath for Malone (HT), O Coulter for Kelly (HT).
Ref – S Guinan (Offaly).
Kildare 1-19 Westmeath 2-10
Leixlip’s Darragh Melville led Westmeath a merry dance as Kildare won at Mullingar’s TEG Cusack Park on Saturday.
The result flattered Westmeath as the Lilywhites could afford to clock up 17 wides, while the hosts, over-reliant on centre forward Shane Williams, struggled from the outset.
Kildare led 1-12 to 2-2 at the break thanks to a Melville goal, as their opponents just about kept in touch thanks to goals from Williams and full-forward Liam Murtagh.
Kildare netminder Alo Hackett stole the show on 45 minutes with a spectacular free from his own half.
Scorers – Kildare: D Melville 1-5, C McCabe (3fs), D Qualter 0-5 each, C Boran 0-2, R Stapleton, A Hackett (f) 0-1 each. Westmeath: S Williams 1-10 (0-7fs), L Murtagh 1-0.
Kildare – A Hackett; P O’Donoghue, S Conway, M Eustace; C O’Donovan, C Shanahan, P Dolan; F O’Sullivan, C Boran; D McMahon, J Higgins, C McCabe; D Melville, R Stapleton, D Qualter. Subs: A O’Brien for McMahon (36), E Kelliher for O’Donovan (38), E O’Neill for Higgins (41), A Mooney for Conway (49), T Halpin for Dolan (52).
Westmeath – J Malone; E Rattigan, Z Aherne, C Gavigan; J Carr, C Cleere, C Murray; C Daly, S Power; A Hill, S Williams, A Shaw; C Murphy, L Murtagh, B Farrell. Subs: E Murray for Gavigan (15), M Glynn for Power (29), E Martin for Carr (41), C Bolger for Murtagh (53), L Darby for Daly (58).
Ref – R Fitzsimons (Offaly).