Murphy the main man in Cats' cruise past Carlow
Kilkenny 3-22 Carlow 0-7
KILKENNY duly took advantage of this backdoor game at Dr Cullen Park against a below-par Carlow to redeem themselves after their poor first-round display against Dublin.
Unfortunately, the young Cats will have learned little about themselves as they easily beat Carlow in a totally one-sided encounter.
With Alan Murphy knocking over the frees with aplomb and Ronan Corcoran scoring fluently from play, it was all Kilkenny in the first half and Murphy's 10th- minute goal helped the Cats into an emphatic 1-14 to 0-2 lead at the interval.
The home side would probably have hoped that the strong wind behind them in the second half would be of some assistance to their cause, but their opponents never let up.
Murphy scored his second goal in the third quarter and substitute Daniel O'Connor added another, to heap further misery on an outclassed Carlow outfit.
The winners had the luxury of using all their substitutes, with Sean Morrissey scoring a late point to bring the centre-forwards total to a fine five points from play.
SCORERS – Kilkenny: A Murphy 2-9 (9fs), S Morrissey 0-5, R Corcoran 0-4, D O'Connor 1-0, E Kenny, A Gaffney, J Walsh, L Blanchfield 0-1 each Carlow: K McDonald 0-4fs, C Nolan 0-2, O Roberts 0-1.
Kilkenny - D Brennan; T Walsh, C Delaney, J Keoghan; J Cleere, D Joyce, C Doheny; D Mullen, A Gaffney; R Corcoran, S Morrissey, B Ryan; A Murphy, L Blanchfield, J Walsh. Subs: E Kenny for Walsh (23), G Bryan for Kenny (h-t), B McDowell for Cleere (35), D O'Connor for Blanchfield (46), C O'Meara for Walsh (48).
Carlow – S Walshe; T Maher, P Shanahan, P Coughlan; D Grennan, E Redmond, A Dunne; K McDonald, G Coady; O Roberts, C Foley, A Kane; D O'Neill, L Galway, C Nolan. Subs: S O'Neill for Foley (19), J Murphy for Grennan (27), C Byrne for Maher (33), A Casey for Coughlan (38), C Foley for Kane (44).
Ref – D Harrington (Dublin)