Minor Hurling round-up: Kilkenny and Dublin advance

Seven points from Seán Currie helps holders see off game Laois challenge at Parnell Park

Dublin and Kilkenny have reached the last four of the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin and Kilkenny have reached the last four of the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

 

Dublin advanced to the semi-finals of the Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling Championship after a narrow 1-11 to 1-8 win over Laois at Parnell Park on Saturday afternoon.

The holders were buoyed by a fifth-minute goal from Kevin Desmond and subsequent points by Liam Murphy and Emmet Allen but Laois managed to eke out a deserved 1-6 to 1-5 interval lead, thanks largely to Oisín Bennett’s 16th minute goal.

Bennett struck 1-6 in total but his efforts proved in vain as Dublin overcame the 50th minute dismissal of Kevin Burke to prevail, with Seán Currie proving their match-winner with seven points over the hour.

Dublin are joined in the last four by Kilkenny as a contribution of 1-9 from captain Adrian Mullen helped them ease past rivals Wexford by 1-20 to 0-11 at Nowlan Park.

By the time the final whistle sounded, Kilkenny had taken their foot off the pedal, utilising their full bench, but they were the superior side all through, with Wexford only occasionally offering a worthwhile challenge in a one-sided encounter.

Kilkenny led 0-6 to 0-4 at the end of the opening quarter despite playing into a stiff breeze, with Adrian Mullen being their chief marksman, while all of Wexford’s scores came through Ross Banville frees.

With Mullen, Eoin O’Shea and Niall Brassil continuing to pick off points they went in with a 0-10 to 0-6 interval with Chris Turner having Wexford solitary point from open play, with Banville’s free-taking accuracy offering his side some hope.

It was only a matter of time when Kilkenny would get the main breakthrough which arrived in the 36th minute through a fine Adrian Mullen low shot to the corner of the net, putting his side 1-12 to 0-6 clear. The goal really decided the issue with the second half continuing in the same vein, as the home side continued to pick off scores at will in what was simply a cruise against an outclassed Wexford side.

Elsewhere in round two, Offaly bounced back from their loss to Laois by beating Kildare by 1-15 to 1-8 while Meath overcame Westmeath by 2-18 to 0-6.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.