LEINSTER U21 HC WEXFORD 1-13; KILKENNY 0-15 BATTLING Wexford produced their own version of the 'Great Escape' at Nowlan Park last night when they up-ended Kilkenny in a thrilling Leinster U21 hurling semi-final.
After being behind all the way, Wexford won the game in the 63rd minute when Rory Jacob fired him a brilliant goal.
Kilkenny looked a class act during the early stages and led by 0-6 to 0-1 after just eight minutes, with senior star Sean Dowling and Ger Byrne scoring three points each.
Wexford, the defending champions, slowly battled their way into the match and reduced the arrears to 0-10 to 0-7 by half-time.
The visitors twice drew level after the break, the second time at 0-13 each. Aidan Fogarty and Michael Grace tipped over points to put Kilkenny in front as the game entered injury-time, but up popped Jacob to score his sensational winner which earns Wexford a place in the final against either Dublin or Offaly.
SCORERS Wexford: B Lambert 0-7, R Jacob 1-3, D Mythen 0-2, D Lyng 0-1. Kilkenny: S Dowling 0-6, G Byrne, E Walsh 0-3 each, A Fogarty, P Doheny, M Grace 0-1 each.
WEXFORD M White; P Donoghue, D O'Connor, T Hawkins; S O'Neill, J O'Connor, L Gleeson; D Stamp, E Quigley; B Lambert, W Doran, D Lyng; R Jacob, M J Furlong, D Mythen. Subs: A O'Leary for Doran (22), R Freeman for O'Leary (49), N Goff for Quigley (57).
KILKENNY D Herrity; T Walsh, J Tyrrell, G Joyce; W Burke, B Hogan, M Phelan; JJ Delaney, C O'Neill; A Fogarty, S Hennessy, G Byrne; P Doheny, E Walsh, B Dowling. Subs: M Grace for Hennessy (39), K Rafter for Byrne (49), K Coogan for O'Neill (53).
REF E Morris (Dublin).
Shock role for Limerick teen
ANDREW O'SHAUGHNESSY, a 17-year-old student from Kilmallock, is hoping to be given the opportunity to make a little bit of Limerick hurling history in Thurles tomorrow evening.
The Limerick selectors caused a surprise when naming O'Shaughnessy among their subs for the All-Ireland hurling qualifier against Cork and if he plays, he will become the youngest ever player to don the green and white in a championship match.
"We invited Andrew to join our panel a couple of months back," said selector Michael Fitzgerald. "He has shown up well and is definitely one for the future. We had no hesitation in including him in the subs. Who knows, he could see action on the day."
O'Shaughnessy, who is due to sit his Leaving Cert next year, has already won two Dr Harty Cup and All-Ireland colleges medals with St Colman's of Fermoy, while he is also in the running for a second successive All-Ireland U21 hurling title with the Shannonsiders.