Sky Sports made their GAA debut last night in Nowlan Park where Kilkenny mercilessly sailed past Offaly to the Leinster Semi Finals, with a final score of 5-32 to 1-18.
The Cats played fiercely, despite Offaly’s encouraging attempt in the opening minutes to keep up with the black and amber side, with Brian Carroll first to hit the scoreboard.
Kilkenny led with 2-22 to 0-6 at the half-time interval, with Eoin Larkin and Colin Fennelly hitting the back of the net for Brian Cody’s side.
Larkin secured the first of five goals for the Cats at the 14th minute mark, with Fennelly pushing another one past Offaly goalkeeper, James Dempsey, 7 minutes later.
From then on, it was largely a demonstration of Kilkenny’s capability with high scores from both Larkin (2-4) and Fennelly (1-6). Brian Carroll was the only threat in the full forward line for Eoin Murphy, securing a total of 1-10 for the Faithful County. However it was not enough, as Kilkenny continued to light up the scoreboard with T.J Reid and Walter Walsh coming to the fore and producing some great points from the forward line. Mark Kelly was the only forward for the Cats not to score in the first half, but made his return in the closing stages by increasing Kilkenny’s goal tally by two.
Kilkenny will next meet Galway in the Leinster Semi-Finals on June 22. With the Cats new scoring record, since Brian Cody was appointed manager, Galway will no doubt have to find ways of disabling the Cats fearsome forward-line.