Wexford prove to strong for Kilkenny

Wexford 1-19 Kilkenny 1-12 

Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford have reached the quarter final of the league where they will play Galway next weekend after a stirring second half come back to beat Brian Cody’s men at Wexford Park. The Slaneysiders overturned a 5 point gap at the break to consign Kilkenny and Cork to a play-off next weekend.

The Cats got a dream start inside the opening 3 minutes with Liam Blanchfield finishing to the net with a volley style finish, Kilkenny did play with the stiff breeze into the Pineridge End we should state. Kilkenny to continued to tag on points as Wexford failed to get a foot hold in the opening half, the Murphy’s brother, goalkeeper Eoin and Alan, tagging on frees along with scores from play from Padraig Walsh and Walter Walsh gave them a 1-04 to 0-02 lead with 12 minutes played. Paul Morris knocked over a Wexford free, before Shaun Murphy and Rory O’Connor (free) had the gap at five at the break, 1-10 to 0-08.

Paidi Foley, Liam Og McGovern and Rory O’Connor all pointed to cut the gap to just two points, 1-10 to 0-11 on the resumption. Conor McDonald then had a goal chance but this went agonisingly wide. However, the home side were level on 46 minutes with Lee Chin and the O’Connor brothers combining for a score. Diarmuid O’Keeffe who was superb when introduced scored on 52 minutes to give Wexford the lead. Lee Chin fired over two superb effort to extend the lead, before Naomh Eanna man Dunbar fired to the net on 67 minutes to put the game out of sight. Conor Delaney was dismissed on a straight red card in injury time for a bad strike on Cathal Dunbar.

 

Wexford: Mark Fanning; Damien Reck, Darren Byrne, Simon Donohoe; Shaun Murphy (0-1), Matthew O’Hanlon, Liam Ryan; Jack O’Connor (0-6, 4f, 1 ’65’), Kevin Foley (0-1); Liam Óg McGovern (0-1), Rory O’Connor (0-3) Lee Chin (0-3); Paul Morris (0-2, 2f), Conor McDonald, Harry Kehoe. Subs: Padraig Foley (0-1) for Byrne (HT), Diarmuid O’Keeffe (0-1) for Kehoe (48), Cathal Dunbar (1-0) for Morris (54), Aidan Nolan for McGovern (61), Ian Byrne for Donohoe (70)

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy (0-3, 3f), Paul Murphy, Conor Delaney, Tommy Walsh; Conor Fogarty, Paddy Deegan, Jason Cleere; Padraig Walsh (0-1), Alan Murphy (0-6, 4f); John Donnelly, Walter Walsh (0-1), Ger Malone; Billy Ryan, Liam Blanchfield (1-1), Martin Keoghan. Subs: Richie Leahy for Malone (27mins), James Maher for Donnelly (45), Richie Hogan for Ryan (58)

Ref: Alan Kelly (Galway)

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