Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Round-Up
Dublin 2-8 Kilkenny 0-3
DUBLIN shocked subdued champions Kilkenny in comprehensive fashion at Nowlan Park. Victory fired the Dubs into the semi-finals while Kilkenny get a chance at redemption when they play Carlow on the weekend after next.
The winners shot out of the traps, with Chris Bennett bagging 1-1 within four minutes. However, full-forward Con O'Callaghan was the main man in attack and with many raids going through him, the Dubs built up a half-time lead of 2-3 to 0-1.
Kilkenny did their best to rally in the second half, but they never looked like breaking down Dublin's solid defence.
SCORERS – Dublin: C O'Callaghan 1-2, C Bennett 1-1, M Oliver, R McBride 0-2 each, E McHugh 0-1. Kilkenny: A Murphy 0-2 (1f), S Morrissey 0-1.
DUBLIN – J Treacy; M McCallion, S Barrett, D Butler; S Howard, J Malone, P O'Dea; R McBride, D Burke; S Gray, E McHugh, C Bennett; E O Conghaile, C O'Callaghan, M Oliver. Subs: G King for Gray (54), E Dunne for McHugh (56), T Fox for Howard (57), C Brady for O'Dea (59).
KILKENNY – D Brennan; T Walsh, B McDowell, C Delaney; J Cleere, D Mullen, J Keoghan; L Blanchfield, D Joyce; A Murphy, S Morrissey, E Kenny; C O'Donoghue, J Walsh, R Corcoran. Subs: A Gaffney for O'Donoghue (18), E Walsh for Kenny (h-t), T O'Dwyer for Morrissey (43), C Carroll for J Walsh (51).
REF – B Redmond (Wexford).
Carlow 1-22 Kildare 3-12
A prolific third quarter and a strong finish gave Carlow the upper hand at St Conleth's Park.
Kildare's Eoin O'Hehir slotted 10 points to keep them in contention but Carlow also had a 10-point contributor in Kieran McDonald.
Cathal Melville hit two goals for Kildare and helped them to a 1-9 to 0-9 lead at half-time. Melville struck for his second goal but Chris Nolan's 49th-minute strike at the other end seemed to have put the issue beyond doubt.
Michael Gainey's goal brought the margin down to one but Carlow finished with three points to confirm their success.
Scorers – Carlow: K McDonald 0-10 (7fs), C Nolan 1-4, G Coady 0-3, D O'Neill, A Kane 0-2 each, O Roberts 0-1.
Kildare: E O'Hehir 0-10 (8fs, 2 '65's); C Melville 2-0, M Gainey 1-1, J Hill 0-1
CARLOW – T Dowling; P Coughlan, P Shanahan, C Byrne; T Maher, E Redmond, A Dunne; D Grennan, G Coady; C Nolan, A Kane, O Roberts; L Galway, K McDonald, D O'Neill. Subs: J Murphy for Byrne (24), S O'Neill for Galway (51); A Casey for O'Neill (51); J Curran for Dowling (56)
KILDARE – J Sheridan; O McKenna, K Maher, C Dowling; C Byrne, O Loughran, C Gordon; J Hill, E Doddy; C Melville, E O'Hehir, M Gainey; T Forde, N Kenny, R Fleming. Subs: E Gillman for Fleming (50); L Murphy for Melville (54)
REF – R Byrne (Kilkenny)
Wexford 1-18 Meath 2-10
JAKE FIRMAN scored eight points as Wexford saw off a spirited Meath in Navan.
Firman accounted for four early points as his side built up a 0-7 to 0-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Full-forward Ross Ryan responded with a goal for Meath but by half-time Wexford led 1-12 to 1-4, with Niall Hughes scoring the Model County's goal.
Midfielder Charlie Bird accounted for all of Meath's second-half scores to close the gap to five points, 1-14 to 2-6, but their challenge quickly petered out. Wexford now play Offaly in the quarter-finals.
SCORERS – Wexford: J Firman 0-8 (6fs), N Hughes 1-2, D Pepper 0-3, D Barden 0-2, N Rossiter, K Poole, C O'Connor 0-1 each. Meath: C Bird 1-7 (1-3fs, 0-1 pen), Ross Ryan 1-0, J Wall 0-2 (2fs), Ronan Ryan 0-1.
WEXFORD – D Hughes; C Firman, M O'Brien, B Edwards; N Rossiter, A Maddock, I Carty; J O'Connor, C Dunbar; S Kelly, D Barden, K Poole; N Hughes, J Firman, D Pepper. Subs: R White for Carty (29), C O'Connor for Poole (34), S Stafford for Rossiter (40), S Casey for Barden (55), B Cowman for Kelly (57).
MEATH – N O'Sullivan; J Bird, L Moran, C Dempsey; D Brogan, L Swaine, J Payne; C Bird, L Martyn; J Wall, Ronan Ryan, L Carey; A Walsh, Ross Ryan, C Kearney. Subs: D Douglas for Kearney (h-t), R Montague for Brogan (40), J Farrell for Martyn (43), R Healy for Walsh (59).
REF – M Murtagh (Westmeath)
Laois 0-26 Offaly 3-14
LAOIS made it three wins in three years over Offaly at this level when they took advantage of a strong breeze in the second half to overturn a five-point interval deficit at O'Connor Park.
Two goals in a minute from Cillian Kiely and Jordan Fogarty gave Offaly a fine start, but Laois hurled excellently against the wind, picking off 13 scores.
Mark Kavanagh, Robbie Phelan and Aidan Corby scored freely in the second half to slowly reel in Offaly after Eoghan Cahill's ground-stroke goal, but it was only in injury time that the O'Moore County finally took the lead.
Scorers – Laois: M Kavanagh 0-14 (8fs), R Phelan 0-5, A Corby 0-3, A Dunphy 0-2, K Bergin, A Mortimer 0-1 each. Offaly: C Kiely 1-6 (1-4fs, 1 s-l), E Cahill 1-4 (2fs), J Fogarty 1-0, J Kilmartin 0-2, O Kelly, P Guinan 0-1 each.
Laois – P Simms; D Hartnett, R Mullaney, E Cuddy; C Phelan, L O'Connell, L Cleere; J Lennon, S Downey; R Phelan, K Bergin, A Corby; M Kavanagh, A Dunphy, A Mortimer. Subs: E Fitzpatrick for Downey (37), R McEvoy for Dunphy (51), R Saunders for Mullaney (57).
Offaly – O Mahon; P Delaney, C Taylor, N Duffy; D Healy, D Spain, D Mahon; C Kiely, P Guinan; C Cleary, O Kelly, R Hughes; E Cahill, J Kilmartin, J Fogarty. Subs: C Molloy for Healy (41), D Buckley for Hughes (51), W Malone for O Mahon (57), E Carroll for Spain (60), S Healy for Cahill (60+4).
Ref – M O'Sullivan (Kilkenny)