Leinster MHC Round up: Offaly's Kiely and Sampson are too strong for Laois men
Offaly 2-19 Laois 1-14
Offaly booked their spot in the semi-final of the Leinster MHC by claiming their fourth win of the championship on Saturday in Tullamore.
The Faithful County had the two outstanding players on view with Cathal Kiely landing 12 points and centre-forward Cillian Sampson showing his worth with 2-5, all from play.
Offaly always looked the likely winners and having come into the game with three wins behind them in tier two, they looked a far more confident side than the Laois men who were in the quarter-final having finished bottom of tier one after three defeats.
Offaly had the wind in the opening half and led by captain Kiely, who was landing frees from all angles and distances, they opened up a 0-7 to 0-2 lead after 14 minutes. Laois were given a lifeline through an Adam Kirwan goal but Offaly kept the scoreboard ticking over with Sampson to the fore as they led 0-13 to 1-5 at half-time.
After a couple of scores from both sides early in the second half, Offaly began to stretch their lead and led by nine points before Cillian Sampson grabbed his first goal 15 minutes from time.
That left them comfortable and while Laois battled away, Sampson landed his second goal in injury time as Offaly now look forward to a home semi-final against Kilkenny on Saturday.
Scorers - Offaly: C Kiely 0-12 (10f); C Sampson 2-5; C Donoghue, C Teehan 0-1 each. Laois: A Kirwan 1-6 (5f); C Cosgrove 1-4f; C Byrne 0-2; M Hennessy and A Connolly 0-1 each.
Offaly - S Loughnane; A Brazil, A Flanagan, S Mulrooney; B Egan, D Maher, L Egan; E Houlihan, L Nolan; C Donoghue, C Sampson, A Walsh; DJ McLoughlin, C Kiely, C Teehan. Subs: J Screeney for S Mulrooney (21), D Molloy for C Sampson temp (34-35), M Dillon for DJ McLoughlin (40), S Flynn for C Teehan (60), D Molloy for L Nolan (60), C Kilmartin for A Walsh (60).
Laois - L Fitzpatrick; B Shore, D Brennan, K Kelly; F Mahoney, C Cosgrove, T Fitzpatrick; T Cuddy, N Carey; C O'Shaughnessy, A Connolly, E Hawkes; A Kirwan, M Hennessy, C Byrne. Subs: DJ Callaghan for K Kelly (46), B Breddin for N Carey (53), G O'Neill for B Shore (53).
Ref - G McGrath (Wexford)
Redmond steers Models' victory
Wexford 2-21 Kildare 0-12
Wexford brushed past Kildare to book their place in the last four in a game that saw both teams reduced to 14 men before the half-time whistle on Saturday in St Conleth's Park.
he visitors to Newbridge stamped their authority on the game early on and led 0-6 to 0-3 after 12 minutes.
The game could have swung when Wexford's Shane Walsh was sent off for an off-the-ball incident in the 14th minute, but it seemed to galvanise them and they scored the next five points, with AJ Redmond really taking charge of the game.
Kildare found themselves down to 14 men when Rossa Stapleton was shown a second yellow. Things went from bad to worse for Kildare when Redmond won a penalty and found the net.
Kildare started the second-half brightly, but Wexford were soon back on top and showed the gulf in quality with Cian Molloy, Zac Firman and Jack Kirwan all performing well.
Redmond made sure of the win with his second goal on 47 minutes.
Scorers - Wexford: AJ Redmond 2-5 (1-0 pen, 5fs); C Molloy 0-5 (3f, 1 '65); Z Firman 0-4; J Kirwan and O Whitty 0-2 each; R Lawlor, J Kehoe and J Sheil 0-1 each.
Kildare: M Curtin 0-5 (3f); L Dempsey 0-4 (3f, 1 s/l); C Boran, S Whyte and F O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
Wexford: D Hayes; F Roche, R Scallan, N Rowesome; É Doyle, D Codd, S Walsh; C Molloy, J Kirwan; R Lawlor, T Murphy, O Whitty; AJ Redmond, Z Firman, D Cantwell. Subs: C Browne for Roche, 39; J Kehoe for Murphy, 48; Paddy Whitty for Cantwell, 50; Charlie Tector for Kirwan, 55; Josh Sheil for O Whitty, 55.
Kildare: A Hackett; D Murray, E Dempsey, C Shanahan; B Noone, K Kelleher, D Costello; H Dunne, C Boran; M Curtis, L Dempsey, R Stapleton; F O'Sullivan, S Whyte, M McGovern. Subs: J Cleary for Dunne, 19; M Eustace for Shanahan, h/t; D Melville for O'Sullivan, 47; JHiggins for Whyte, 56; J McKeown for Noone, 58.
Ref - C Mooney (Dublin)
Kelly in top form for rampant Kilkenny
Kilkenny 5-28 Westmeath 1-5
With Conor Kelly in sparkling form in attack, Kilkenny breezed into the Leinster MHC semi-final with a 35-point win against an outclassed Westmeath team in Mullingar.
Kilkenny led by two points after 90 seconds, but a soft goal by Jack Gillen gave the wind-assisted home side the lead in the fourth minute. A point from the lively Dean Ennis soon put the underdogs two points clear.
The Cats failed to find the net in the first half, though a rasping shot from Kelly in the 13th minute came back off the post, but they still went on to lead by 0-11 to 1-3 at half-time as Westmeath hit nine wides.
The visitors then scored a remarkable 3-4 without reply in the first five minutes of the second half to end the contest. The goals came via Jack Buggy, Eoin Guilfoyle and George Murphy.
Despite the best efforts of Westmeath's Charlie McClair and Ennis, Kilkenny continued to dominate with Kelly pointing at will. Further goals followed from Cathal O'Leary and Buggy.
Scorers - Kilkenny: C Kelly 0-13 (4f, 1'65); J Buggy 2-1; C Kenny, C Brennan 0-5 each; E Guilfoyle, C O'Leary 1-1 each; G Murphy 1-0; K Rudkins, J Doyle 0-1 each. Westmeath: D Ennis 0-4, J Gillen 1-0, C McClair 0-1.
Kilkenny - J Brennan; J Young, S Staunton, P Dempsey; P Moylan, H Walsh, J Harkin; K Rudkins, D Maher; C Kenny, G Murphy, C Kelly; E Guilfoyle, J Buggy, C Brennan. Subs: C O'Leary for Murphy (46), J Doyle for Guilfoyle (46), D Fogarty for Maher (52), C Korff for Rudkins (55), D Crehan for Harkin (55).
Westmeath - E Glennon; E McCabe, C McCormack, J Coffey; D Hickey, F Brennan, C McClair; P Nangle, L Moore; D Devine, J Coll, D Ennis; D Core, J Gillen, S Williams. Subs: D McGrath for Williams (41), C Fenlon for Nangle (47), A McCormack for Coffey (56), C Regan for Moore (inj, 59).
Ref - T Gleeson (Dublin)
Swan on song to set up Sky Blues
Dublin 3-16 Antrim 0-4
Dublin pulled clear in the second-half to register a comprehensive 21-point victory over Antrim in Dowdallshill on Saturday.
The Dubs raced out of the blocks as they netted after 40 seconds through Luke Swan.
The Glensmen opened their account through the impressive Conaill Bohill, but they failed to utilise the strong wing at their backs as they recorded eight first-half wides.
Dublin added to their lead through a Pearce Christie point and put further daylight between the teams in the 13th minute as Dara Purcell fired home from eight yards.
A brace of Ryan Hill points kept Antrim in contention, but a Liam Dunne free ensured a healthy 2-3 to 0-3 interval advantage for Dublin.
With a strong wind at their backs after the break, Dublin continued on the front foot, although they were indebted to keeper Jack Lambert, who repelled Hill's penalty after a foul on Daire Murphy.
Swan, sub Seamus Fenton and Purcell tagged on points before Fenton effectively settled the issue in the 44th minute as he poked home.
Scorers - Dublin: D Purcell 1-4 (2f), S Fenton 1-3, L Swan 1-2, P Christie 0-3, L Dunne 0-2 (1f, 1 '65'), A O'Neill (1f), B McSweeney 0-1 each.
Antrim: R Hill 0-3 (2f, 1 '65'), C Bohill 0-1.
Dublin - J Lambert; K Byrne, E Carney, F Murphy; C Hogan, A O'Neill, I O'hEithir; D Leavy, D Power; P Christie, C Foley, C Murray; L Dunne, L Swan, D Purcell. Subs: S Fenton for Dunne (34), B McSweeney for Leavy (41), J Murray for Lambert (46), S Foran for Power (48), D Breslin for Swan (50).
Antrim - K McAuley; D Stevenson, A Gallagher, C Hargan; C Donnelly, D McCloskey, C McKernan; C O'Connor, N O'Connor; J McAllister, R McAleer, C Bohill; E McGrath, R Hill, D Murphy. Subs: C Crossan for McGrath (17), R McFarlane for N O'Connor (26), S O'Boyle for C O'Connor (36), C McQuillan for Hargan (48), G McIlhatton for McAleer (48).
Ref - R Fitzsimons (Offaly)