Red-hot Walsh cuts loose to remind Lilies of gulf in class
Kilkenny 3-18 Kildare 0-8
Fleet-footed attacker John Walsh scored 2-6 as he led Kilkenny into the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup semi-final in Freshford yesterday.
Walsh cut loose in the second half, scoring two fine goals, as the Cats booked a semi-final meeting with Offaly next weekend.
Kildare were slow to start and they conceded six points before wing-back Eanna O'Neill opened their account with an 11th-minute point.
They fared better after that, and after missing a few chances from frees, they were still in the hunt when 0-9 to 0-5 behind at the break.
However, the home side opened the new half with a 37th-minute goal from sub Bill Sheehan, a gift after the visiting keeper failed to scoop the ball away when it fell near the edge of the square.
When Walsh took a pass from the unselfish Billy Ryan to crack home the Cats' second goal on 47 minutes the gap went up to 2-13 to 0-5 and it was all over.
Walsh completed a good day for himself and Kilkenny when adding 1-2 from play during the closing 10 minutes.
A contest? Not really.
scorerS - Kilkenny: J Walsh 2-6 (0-3fs); B Sheehan 1-1; K Farrell (2fs), O Walsh, M Mansfield 0-2 each; L Blanchfield, C Prendiville, M Keoghan, B Ryan, S Morrissey 0-1 each. Kildare: P Divilly 0-6fs; M Fitzgerald, E O'Neill 0-1 each.
Kilkenny - D Brennan; T Walsh, C Delaney, R Bergin; S Aylward, C O'Shea, M Mansfield; O Walsh, H Lawlor; L Blanchfield, C Prendiville, M Keoghan; K Farrell, B Ryan, J Walsh. Subs: G Malone for C Prendiville; J Holden for R Bergin; B Sheehan for K Farrell; L Scanlon for H Lawlor; S Morrissey for O Walsh.
Kildare - P Dermody; D Brereton, J Doran, P Sullivan; E O'Neill, M Moloney, M Grace; P Divilly, B Byrne; C Bonus, J Burke, K Whelan; J Sheridan, M Fitzgerald, S Ryan. Subs: R Ryan for K. Whelan; C Forde for D. Brereton; P McKenna for P. Dermody; C Dowling for J. Sheridan; S Galney for C. Bonus.
Ref- G McGrath (Wexford).