Murphy’s law for Laois as Kilkenny claim Leinster minor crown
Laois’s first minor hurling final in 23 years ends in disappointment
Kilkenny minors celebrate their victory over Laois at Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
KILKENNY 1-18 LAOIS 0-8: Alan Murphy fired 10 points as Kilkenny claimed their first Electric Ireland Leinster MHC title since 2010, following a 13-point victory over Laois at Croke Park on Sunday.
The O’Moore’s in their first final for 23 years were always going to be up against it, with Pat Critichley’s charges battling bravely in the second half.
Kilkenny moved 13 points clear entering the final quarter, and although Laois held the Cats scoreless over a seven-minute spell, Kilkenny finished strongly with scores from James Maher and Luke Scanlon.
KILKENNY: D Brennan; J Tyrrell, E Cody, C Wallace; J Maher (0-1), J Stanley, D Joyce; N Mullins, C Ryan (0-1); L Blanchfield (0-2), G Kelly, K Kenny (0-1); D O’Connor, M Kenny (1-0), A Murphy (0-10, 0-8 free, 0-1 65). Subs: V Teehan (0-2) for Kelly (8 mins); J Walsh for M Kenny (half-time); E Kenny for K Kenny (44 mins); L Scanlon (0-1) for Mullins (54 mins); C Delaney for Ryan (57 mins).
LAOIS: E Rowland; G Dunne, R Mullaney, E Cuddy; D Palmer, C McEvoy (0-2, 0-2 65s), R Delahunty; L O’Connell, C Stapleton; J Lennon, L Bergin, A Corby (0-2); D Cripps (0-1, free), J Campion (0-1), S Bergin. Subs: C Collier (0-1) for L Bergin (39 mins); M Kavanagh (0-1, free) for Cripps (39 mins); K Bergin for S Bergin (50 mins); R Broderick for Lennon (51 mins); J Delaney for O’Connell (57 mins).
Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)