Kilkenny maintained their winning streak in the Allianz hurling league with a 2-27 to 0-23 point win over Wexford on Sunday. Kilkenny now sit top of the group with Laois up next weekend in UPMC Nowlan Park.
For match report see below (courtesy of Robert Cribbin, Kilkenny People)
For pictures click here (courtesy of Willie Dempsey)
The Cats were out to make an impact after losing the last four outings to their neighbours and they certainly done that in a sparkling opening half display where TJ Reid and Billy Ryan struck for vital goals.
Reid and Ryan tormented Wexford throughout with the Kilkenny duo linking up for 2-22 between them over the course of the afternoon.
Ryan’s goal in the 5th minute was real route one stuff with a long puckout from Eoin Murphy somehow evading the Wexford full back line and the wing forward was on hand to shoot past James Lawlor.
Brian Cody’s side eventually led 2-15 to 0-7 at the interval with Reid and Ryan dominating while Alan Murphy was also on target with a couple of points for the home side.
Rory O’Connor led the Wexford charge with three points from play in the opening half and he continued to impress after the interval with Lee Chin also chipping in with his frees as the Slaneysiders improved immensely.
The Cats are now in pole position to finish top of the league table with games against Laois and Clare over the next two weekends to come.
Kilkenny- TJ Reid (1-18, 0-14fs, 0-1 65), Billy Ryan (1-4), Alan Murphy (0-3), Eoin Cody (0-1), Paddy Deegan (0-1).
Wexford- Lee Chin (0-13, 0-10fs, 0-1 65), Rory O’Connor (0-4), Aidan Nolan (0-1), Joe O’Connor (0-1), Diarmuid O’Keefe (0-1), Shaun Murphy (0-1), Conor McDonald (0-1), Aidan Nolan (0-1).
Subs: Eoin Cody for Bergin 23 mins, Conor Fogarty for Corcoran 49 mins, James Maher for Ryan 49 mins, Michael Carey for R.Reid 64 mins, Liam Blanchfield for Mullen 70 mins.
Wexford: James Lawlor; Shane Reck, Liam Ryan, Joe O’Connor, Glen Malone, Matthew O’Hanlon, Jack O’Connor, Diarmuid O’Keefe, Liam Og McGovern, Aidan Nolan, Rory O’Connor, Conor Devitt, Lee Chin, Mikie Dwyer, Harry Kehoe.
Subs: Gavin Bailey for O’Connor (Blood Sub) 24 mins, Joe O’Connor for Malone 33 mins, Kevin Foley for Kehoe h-t, Conor McDonald for Devitt h-t, David Dunne for O’Keefe 53 mins, Conal Flood for J.O’Connor 53 mins, Paul Morris for Dwyer 54 mins, Shaun Murphy for Dunne 57 mins.
Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)