Leinster IHC: Cats in control

28 June 2012
Kilkenny 3-20
Wexford 2-14

Kilkenny were crowned Leinster intermediate hurling champions thanks to a nine-point victory over Wexford at Wexford Park last night.

The game was put beyond the home side's reach early in the second half when the Cats pounced for two quick-fire goals after leading 1-11 to 1-5 at the break. Niall Walsh, Paul Murphy and Walter Walsh pointed the visitors into an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead before Paudge Doran netted, after Liam Og McGovern's initial shot had been saved by Richie O'Neill, to bring Wexford level.

But Walsh responded with a sublime overhead goal and further scores from Rory Hickey, Walsh, Murphy and Cathal Kenny helped the Cats to open up a six-point lead at half-time.

And the game was up for Wexford when goals from Robbie Walsh and Hickey within five minutes of the restart propelled the Cats to another title in this grade.

Kilkenny - R O'Neill; M Phelan, A Walsh, S Norton; B Kennedy, P Hartley, P Phelan; P Murphy (0-2), J Lyng (0-1); N Walsh (0-3), R Hickey (1-7), J Brennan; R Walsh (1-0), W Walsh (1-2), G Aylward (0-2). Subs: C Kenny (0-2) for Brennan, J Corcoran for M Phelan, B Staunton for W Walsh, J Brennan (0-1)for Murphy.

Wexford - N Carton; B McCormack, C Lawlor, B Kehoe; J Tonks, E Doyle, D Morton; T Dwyer (1-5), M Lillis (0-1); L Og McGovern (0-2), T O'Leary, S Doyle; R Fox, S O'Gorman (0-1), P Doran (1-3). Subs: J Breen (0-1) for Doyle, C O'Shaughnessy for Morton, E Quigley (0-1) for O'Gorman, C O'Connor for O'Leary, S O'Hanlon for Fox.

Ref - J Keenan (Wicklow)