A point from a free by top scorer, Alan Murphy, two minutes into ‘lost time’ at the end of extra time drew the contest at 1-24 each but Wexford scores from 65s by Conor McDonald, Jack Guiney and goalie Mark Fanning gave them the honours. A good crowd of 3,544 turned out for the contest, and they got plenty of thrills and spills, including a sending off (Richie Reid; for pulling an opponent’s helmet) and Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody, was sent to the stand. Kilkenny opened backed by the wind and they were all over the opposition during the early stages.
SCORERS: Kilkenny – Alan Murphy (1-13, goal penalty, six frees, one 65); Ollie Walsh, Walter Walsh, Martin Keoghan (0-2 each); Eoin Murphy (0-2, frees); Conor Fogarty, Richie Reid, Conor Martin (0-1 each).
Subs – Matthew O’Hanlon for E. Martin; Damien Reck for Joe O’Connor; Jack O’Connor for Dunbar; Lee Chin for J. Guiney; Conor McDonald for B. Kehoe; Jake Firman for D. Dunne; Paudie Foley for A. Nolan; Diarmuid O’Keeffe for A. Maddock; Aidan Nolan for Jack O’Connor. Referee – John O’Brien (Laois).