Kelly slays 14-man Model
Kilkenny 2-19, Wexford 2-13
WEXFORD cried foul with the referee after Kilkenny secured a flattering six-point victory in an enthralling encounter at Wexford Park.
Wicklow official John Keenan felt the wrath of home supporters when he dismissed Wexford wing-back Colm Heffernan on a controversial second yellow card offence just before the break, having harshly booked the player within four minutes of the start.
Helped by a great goal from Aidan Nolan, Wexford led 2-10 to 1-8 at the interval, but it was Kevin Kelly who called the tune in the second half as Kilkenny began to flourish in their new-found space.
The numerical advantage eventually told on Wexford as Kilkenny booked their place in the final.
Scorers -- Kilkenny: K Kelly 1-10 (0-9f, 0-1 '65'), C Martin 1-1, K Walsh, C Bolger, R Reid 0-2 each, R Moran, P Vickery 0-1 each Wexford: R Clarke 0-6 (5f), A Nolan 1-3, G Moore 0-4 (1f, 1 s-l), J Guiney 1-0 (f).
Kilkenny -- A Duggan; J McDowell, C Doyle, E Morrissey; K Walsh, D Cody, E McGrath; C O'Shea, C Bolger; C Martin, K Kelly, P Kennaly; T O'Hanrahan, R Moran, R Reid. Subs: P Vickery for Moran (40), J Maher for Bolger (59).
Wexford -- C O'Leary; S Murphy, A Kenny, G Foley; C Heffernan, S O'Gorman, W Furlong; J Guiney, C Devitt; G Moore, A Nolan, C Hughes; R Clarke, C McDonald, P Roche. Subs: K Foley for Roche (30); D Byrne for Furlong (54), P Doyle for Clarke (54).
Ref -- J Keenan (Wicklow).