There was high scoring aplenty on the opening day of the hurling championship as Antrim, Laois and Kilkenny all recorded wins.
The big game saw Mattie Kenny’s Dublin charges travel to Nowlan Park to take on a seemingly wounded Kilkenny side, however, TJ Reid proved to be in inspirational form for Brian Cody’s men.
Meanwhile, in the Joe McDonagh Cup, Antrim and Laois recorded impressive opening day wins.
Joe McDonagh Cup
Antrim 3-19 Kerry 0-14
Antrim recorded a comprehensive 14-point win over Kerry in the first round of the Joe McDonagh Cup in Dunloy today.
The final result was no reflection of a tight first half that saw the Munster side trail by a point at the break, Ciaran Clarke’s goal giving Antrim the narrow lead.
Victory and the saffs are on the road! pic.twitter.com/9gCM289u7a
— Antrim GAA (@AontroimGAA) May 11, 2019
Kerry levelled the game immediately after the break but it was Antrim who dominated from that point onwards with Nicky McKeague and substitute Nigel Elliott adding the remaining goals.
Kerry finished the game with 14-men after Johnny Buckley was dismissed.
Laois 4-22 Offaly 3-21
Eddie Brennan got his inter-county management career off to the perfect start with a four-point victory over Offaly following a cracker at O’Moore Park.
Well done to our Senior Hurlers and Management team. What a performance. Special mention to all the supporters that made the trip and helped no end . Safe home all as the sun sets to finish off a great day for Laois Hurling both Minors and Seniors . #laoisabu19 pic.twitter.com/a0MQGdqYU3
— Laois GAA (@CLGLaois) May 11, 2019
The game ebbed and flowed throughout the opening 30 minutes with an Offaly goal helping them go in level at half-time 0-13 to 1-10.
The sides continued to trade scores throughout a tight second-half but four goals from Paddy Purcell, Cha Dwyer, Eanna Lyons and Stevie Bergin proved enough to give Laois a fantastic win.
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
Kilkenny 2-23 Dublin 1-21
There were plenty of murmurs around the country that Mattie Kenny’s Dublin side were ready to gatecrash the party at Nowlan Park and ambush a weakened Kilkenny side.
What an electric atmosphere in a glorious Nowlan Park this evening. pic.twitter.com/7Gfv6TTUMu
— Kilkenny GAA (@KilkennyCLG) May 11, 2019
However, 2-12 from Kilkenny talisman TJ Reid proved vital as Brian Cody’s men came away with a five-point victory.
Sean Moran’s penalty gave Dublin the perfect start and they produced the goods in the first half, deservedly going in one-point in front at the break. However, Kilkenny fired back in the second half with the Ballyhale star in inspiring form.