Kilkenny overpower Dublin to seal final spot
Gaelic Games round-up:Kilkenny were utterly dominant as they handed out a 2-21 to 0-9 beating to Dublin at a wet and wild Portlaoise to earn a place in the Leinster Hurling Final alongside Galway.
It will be their eighth straight appearance in the final and they never looked back after TJ Reid and Richie Power knocked home first-half goals.
Despite playing with the aid of a strong breeze, Dublin were never at the races and were 10 points down at half-time as the All-Ireland champions scored at will.
Henry Shefflin scored 10 points from frees, passing the 500 mark in the championships, and looked back to hi sold self following a shoulder injury.
Anthony Daly admitted afterwards that his side never got started, but warned that his players will need to find some better form ahead of the start of their qualifiers in two weeks’ time.
There was better news for Dublin in the earlier minor semi-final, as they beat Kilkenny 1012 to 0-10, with Paul Winters scoring 1-6.
SCORERS - Kilkenny:H Shefflin 0-10 (10f), R Power 1-3, TJ Reid 1-2, R Hogan, P Hogan, E Larkin 0-2 each.
Dublin:P Ryan 0-4 (3f), D Sutcliffe, D Treacy, R O'Dwyer, A McCrabbe (f), D O'Callaghan 0-1 each.
Niall Moran scored a hat-trick as Limerickrouted Laoisby 25 points (6-21 to 0-11) in the preliminary round hurling qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds, while Diarmuid Lyng scored 0-15 for Wexfordas they hammered Westmeathby 3-22 to 2-9 in their clash at Wexford Park.