Cody hails youngsters as Kilkenny shake off cobwebs with DIT rout
Kilkenny 5-23 DIT 1-9
Those looking for an insight into how Kilkenny might go this season were given a 'wait and see' message in Freshford when Brian Cody's team, made up largely of young hopefuls, eased into the semi-finals.
It will be back to the same venue next weekend for a repeat of the 2012 All-Ireland final against Galway, when maybe, just maybe, some hint about future prospects might be given.
On this occasion, DIT were simply not good enough.
"Those players did a lot of good for themselves," suggested Cody, reflecting on a healthy haul of five goals. "We will be trying to win again next Sunday because we are getting ready for the league. The first game in Ennis is a serious one.
"That was a decent start to the season for us. We played well."
DIT were hit for the first goal after only four minutes when Joe Brennan finished a lightning fast move involving Colin Fennelly and Liam Ryan.
The students registered one point through Niall McMorrow during the opening 24 minutes, by which stages 1-6 had been posted against them.
At the break the winners led 2-7 to 0-4. The second Kilkenny goal was scored by impressive finisher Jonjo Farrell, who was top scorer with 2-3, in the 32nd minute after full-forward Mark Kelly did well to drill a hole in the visitors' defence.
DIT had the opening point of the second half through McMorrow but after that the scoring traffic was one way. Wing-foward Liam Ryan cut loose for the Cats, and he landed some really impressive points on the way to raising six white flags.
Kelly and Farrell also looked good and they got among the goals again.
DIT scored a consolation goal in the 66th minute through Kilkenny man Anthony Ryan, but Farrell had the final big say when shooting a super goal near the finish.
SCORERS -- Kilkenny: J Farrell 2-3, M Kelly 2-1, TJ Reid 0-7 (3fs, 1 '65'), L Ryan 0-6, J Brennan 1-1, C Fennelly 0-2, C Fogarty, G Brennan, P Phelan 0-1 each. DIT: N McMorrow 0-4 (2fs), A Ryan 1-0, P McDonagh, M Moloney 0-2 each, L Rushe 0-1.
KILKENNY -- D Herity; C Fogarty, M Walsh, S Prendergast; P Murphy, J Holden, T Walsh; G Brennan, P Phelan; C Fennelly, TJ Reid, L Ryan; J Farrell, M Kelly, J Brennan. Subs: R Doyle for T Walsh, K Kelly for C Fennelly.
DIT -- F McGarry; W Devereux, G McManus, F Power; L Prendergast, K Bergin, S Morris; J Henderson, D Horan; T Connolly, M Moloney, L Og McGovern; J Hobbs, L Rushe, N McMorrow. Subs: P McDonaagh for J Hobbs, M ODonoghue for Devereux, K Whelan for S Morris, A Ryan for T Connolly, J McManus for N McMorrow, D Memory for L Prendergast.
REF -- J Keenan (Wicklow).