Leinster U20 hurling: Donal O’Shea’s dozen sees Galway past Kilkenny
Cats will face Dublin in final after they prove too strong for Wexford in other semi-final
Galway’s Donal O’Shea is blocked by James Brennan of Kilkenny during the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U20 Hurling Championship semi-final at MW Hire O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
This group of Kilkenny players must be sick of the sight of Galway in particular Donal O’Shea who struck 0-12 to secure their Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U-20 final place.
O’Shea, the minor Hurler of the Year in 2018, fired 0-10 in the 2018 minor final defeat of Kilkenny and returned to haunt the Cats in Portlaoise.
Galway outscored the holders by 0-8 to 0-2 in the closing 20 minutes and seven of those points came from free-taker O’Shea, son of former Tipperary senior manager Eamon.
Guilfoyle eventually got his goal early in the second half and a point too from Ian Byrne left Kilkenny 1-9 to 0-11 up but they didn’t score from play again as Galway rallied.
They’ll play Dublin in the January 3rd final after the Sky Blues held firm in Carlow to see off Wexford 1-19 to 1-10.
Gibbons also struck their 41st-minute goal to leave nine points in it and Dublin could afford to concede a 52nd-minute Wexford goal and still cruise home.