Two-goal Smithers burns off Carlow
Leinster MHC: Carlow 3-22 Down 2-7
A solid start with full-forward James Smithers scoring two goals inside the first nine minutes was the platform which Carlow built on to win this Tier 3 game in Longwood last night.
After that they coasted in the first half with Fiach O'Toole adding a third Carlow goal while Ciarán Kavanagh was deadly accurate throughout.
Down had their moments but trailed 3-11 to 1-3 at half-time despite Oisín Devlin's fine goal from a first-time pull.
Scorers - Carlow: C Kavanagh 0-9 (2f); J Smithers 2-4; D Tobin 0-3; F O'Toole 1-0; C Kehoe, J Wall 0-2 each; E Hosey, N Hickey 0-1 each. Down: C Coulter 1-5 (1 sl, 1 65); O Devlin 1-0; S Martin, O McDermott 0-1 each.
Carlow - C Abbey; P Kavanagh, N Bolger, M Joyce; E Dowling, J Doyle, N Hickey; T Daly, D Tobin; J Wall, C Kavanagh, E Hosey; F O'Toole, J Smithers, C Kehoe. Subs: P O'Shea for Dowling (45), L Doyle for Hickey (52), D Watkins for Wall (48), S Metcalfe for Tobin (54), R Whelan for O'Toole (54).
Down - C Kelly; C Lyons, M Toner, O O'Connor; C Watson, L Boyd ; R Brown; S Campbell, C McMullan; L Hogan, S Martin, C Coulter; E Magee, S Hughes, O Devlin. Subs: I Hussan for Toner (28), T Murphy for Hogan (46), O McDermott for Magee (h-t), P McCusker for Hughes (40), N Hurs for Devlin (50).
Ref - K Brady (Louth)
Kelly fires Cats to third win
Kilkenny 1-26 Laois 1-12
Kilkenny made it three wins from three in the Leinster MHC as they eventually saw off a stubborn Laois side in O'Moore Park.
While 14 points separated the teams at the end, only a late scoring splurge from the visitors made the win seem so routine.
Laois were only five behind with 10 minutes to go and played their part to make the game competitive.
Kilkenny got off to a bright start, as early points from Ciaran Brennan and captain Conor Kelly (free) put them two ahead.
Laois responded with a free from Conor Cosgrove, but Jack Doyle and Kelly (free) responded with interest.
To their credit, Laois were doing their best to dig in, and Adam Kirwan landed a free, but a run of six Kilkenny points in a row saw them take a commanding lead.
Mark Hennessy eventually broke the run with two fine scores for Laois, but Kilkenny led 0-12 to 0-4 at the break.
Laois got a great start to the second half, Cathal O'Shaughnessy scoring a brilliant individual goal as he raced clear down the right wing, cut inside, and hammered a shot to the top corner.
Kilkenny were keeping Laois at arm's length, but the underdogs were chipping away at the Cats' lead, and they got within five points late on.
However, sensing danger, Kilkenny kicked for home. Kelly and Darragh Maher with a few nice points, and then Niall Higgins's goal saw them safely home in the end.
SCORERS - Kilkenny: C Kelly 0-8 (6f, 65); C Brennan 0-5; D Maher 0-4; C Kenny, E Guilfoyle 0-3 each; N Higgins 1-0; J Doyle 0-2; J Young 0-1. Laois: A Kirwan 0-5 (4f), C Cosgrove 0-4f, M Hennessy 0-3, C O'Shaughnessy 1-0.
KILKENNY - J Brennan; P Dempsey, P Moylan, K Rudkins; S Staunton, J Young, H Walsh; C Kelly, D Maher; C O'Leary, C Kenny, J Morrissey; J Doyle, C Brennan, E Guilfoyle. Reps: D Crehan for Moylan (h-t), N Higgins for Morrissey (h-t), C Korff for O'Leary (46), P Donohue for Walsh (46).
LAOIS - L Fitzpatrick; K Kelly, D Brennan, B Shore; A Connolly, C Cosgrove, T Fitzpatrick; F Mahoney, S Farrell; C O'Shaughnessy, T Cuddy, E Hawkes; A Kirwan, M Hennessy, DJ Callaghan. Subs: C Byrne for Callaghan (40), N Carey for Shore (48), N Bennett for Hawkes (53), C Walsh for Kirwan (57)
Ref - G McGrath (Wexford).
Flurry of Curtin scores sinks Royals
Kildare 1-21 Meath 0-13
Eight unanswered points at the beginning of the second half means Kildare will have to wait on the outcome of Offaly v Antrim tomorrow to decide their position in Tier 2 of the Leinster MHC.
Meath led 0-9 to 0-4 on 24 minutes but a Shane Whyte goal turned the game on its head, and saw the sides all square - 1-6 to 0-9 - at the break.
A run of eight successive points, including five from Muiris Curtin, saw Kildare prevail with room to spare.
Scorers- Kildare: S Whyte 1-5; M Curtin 0-7 (3fs, 1 '65); M McGovern, R Stapleton and F O'Sullivan 0-2 each; H Dunne, L Dempsey and J Higgins 0-1 each. Meath: J Murray 0-6 (6f); D O'Sullivan, I Bermingham and J Ryan 0-2 each; C Sherlock 0-1.
Kildare - A Hackett; D Murray, E Dempsey, C Shanaghan; B Noone, K Kelleher, D Costello; H Dunne, C Boran; M Curtin, R Stapleton, S Whyte; F O'Sullivan, L Dempsey, J Higgins.
Subs: M Eustace for Costello (42); M McGovern for Higgins (49); J Cleary for O'Sullivan (55); J McKeown for Murray (60); S Conway for Shanaghan (62).
Meath - C Ryan; L Gough, C Kelly, D Finlay; D Farrell, J Murray, D Ó'Laoire; D O'Sullivan, I Bermingham; C McGovern, C Sherlock, C Leavey; K Bawle, J Ryan, A Rooney. Subs: D Canny for Rooney (37); C Brennan for Gough (51).
Ref- B Redmond (Wexford).