Kilkenny look to be in fine form as their championship campaign is nearing closer. Kilkenny took on Limerick in a senior hurling challenge game, played in Inistioge on Sunday evening.
Kilkenny 3-25 Limerick 0-16
Brian Cody’s charges had eleven different scorers in a dominant display. Richie Hogan was outstanding hit 0-09 for the reigning Leinster and All Ireland Champions. The Shannonsiders who edged out Clare in last weekends Munster Senior Hurling Quarter trailed at the break 0-15 to 0-09.
The game was effectively over as a contest when substitute Matthew Ruth grabbed Kilkenny’s first goal on 41 minutes. Mark Kelly then went on to strike the second goal of the game with a fine finish past Aaron Murphy in the Limerick goal not long after Ruth’s finish. Ruth raised his second green flag of the game when he ran through the centre of the Limerick to bury the ball to the back of the net.
In what was a poor game, one benefit for Kilkenny was that Michael Rice made an appearance after a long injury layoff. Rice marked his return to in the inter county scene with a fine point. Kilkenny are flying and Cody will be hoping that his team can continue this form into the June 21st clash with either Westmeath or Wexford in the Leinster Hurling Semi Final.
Scorers – Kilkenny: Richie Hogan (0-9, 0-5 frees); Matthew Ruth (2-1); Mark Kelly (1-1); Ger Aylward, Lester Ryan (0-3 each); Kevin Kelly, Conor Fogarty (0-2 each); Cillian Buckley, John Power, Walter Walsh, Michael Rice (0-1 each).
Limerick: Shane Dowling (0-5, 0-3 frees); Donal O’Grady (0-3); Kevin Downes, Declan Hannon (0-2 each); Paudie O’Brien, David Reidy, John Fitzgibbon, Tom Condon (0-1 each).