Kilkenny defeated Cork by 0-14 to 1-10 in their Allianz Hurling League clash at Nowlan Park on Sunday afternoon.
The cats dominated long periods of this game, and led by 0-12 to 0-4 after 51 minutes. However, Cork then came right back into the contest scoring a late penalty to bring the sides level with time almost up.
The rebels looked likely to collect full points at this stage but Kilkenny are made of stern stuff and they refused to be beaten in the final minutes. Richie Hogan hit his tenth point of the game two minutes into added time to claim victory for the home side.
Despite playing against the breeze, Kilkenny controlled the early exchanges and brought a far greater intensity to their game than their opponents. Richie Hogan scored seven points in the first half as his side completely dominated. Brian Cody’s side led 0-6 to 0-1 as Cork struggled to build momentum.
John Mulhall, Michael Rice and Michael Fennelly also got their name on the scoresheet while Pat Horgan replied for Cork to reduce the lead to 0-9 to 0-2. Michael Fennelly added another score before the break to give the Cats a 0-10 to 0-2 half-time lead.
Cork started the second half the better, with Ben O’Connor hitting their first score from play in the 36th minute. Hogan then hit his eighth point for the hosts. Cork worked their way back into the game with five successive points in a nine-minute period, including two frees from Horgan, while Niall McCarthy (two) and Cian McCarthy added scores from play.
Kilkenny were then reduced to 14 men in the 63rd minute when full back Delaney was sent off for a second yellow card. Still three points down with three minutes left, Cork were awarded a penalty when Paudie O’Sulivan was pulled down by James Fitzpatrick and referee James Owens pointed to the penalty spot. Patrick Horgan scored from the spot to bring the rebels right back into the game.
The home side went straight up the pitch and took the lead again thanks to a score from Hogan.
Pat Horgan equalised for Cork from a free before Hogan grabbed the all important winner for the cats.