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Kilkenny Edge Out Wexford After Nine Point Comeback

The Cats have secured a tie against Galway in the final of the Leinster Senior Hurling Final on July 1.

At one point, that prospect looked highly unlikely for Brian Cody’s men, however.

In what was essentially a provincial semi-final, the visitors to Nowlan Park trailed after 11 minutes by five points to four, with TJ and James Maher getting on the scoreboard in what was a sign of things to come.

Wexford would go on to score six unanswered points, before Paul Morris smashed home a goal in the 28th minute from a David Dunne pass.

Now eight points to the good, Wexford could only cancel out one of the two points from TJ Reid to have a seven point advantage heading into the second half, at 1-11 – 0-7.

Two quick-fire points after the restart saw Wexford gain a seemingly unassailable nine point lead, with Reid adding yet another three points to keep the Model County honest. This long-range effort from Padraig Walsh cut the deficit to five, giving the home support renewed hope.

Kilkenny plundered three more, of course via Reid, to make it 1-14 – 0-13 just ten minutes into the second half, and while Paudie Foley got one back from his own 65, scores from Joey Holden, Reid, substitute Richie Leahy and Enda Morrissey put the Cats two ahead on the hour mark at 0-19 to 1-14.

While Wexford mustered four further points, two of those coming from fine frees by Paudie Foley, it wasn’t enough to close the gap on the hosts, who prevailed 0-22 to 1-18, with John Donnelly providing the all important point.

The encounter was Wexford’s fourth game in as many weeks in the Leinster Championship, though Kilkenny’s spirit, spearheaded by TJ Reid, can’t be denied.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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