Cats back in the hunt for League final

Kilkenny 2-16 Waterford 1-13

Kilkenny 2-16 Waterford 1-13

Scorers: Kilkenny – Richie Hogan (0-7, five frees, one 65); T.J. Reid, Colin Fennelly (1-2 each); Aidan Fogarty (0-3); Eddie Brennan, Eoin Larkin (0-1 each). Waterford – Richie Foley (0-7, five frees, two 65s’); Shane Walsh (1-0); David O’Sullivan, Kevin Moran, Thomas Ryan, John Mullane, Stephen Molumphy, Eoin Kelly (0-1 each).

KILKENNY showed considerable promise when doing their own business well by winning at Nowlan Park, and when the run of results elsewhere ran in their favour they jumped right back into the front line of contenders for the National Hurling League final.

On a day when the face of the Allianz National Hurling League table changed, Kilkenny had reason to be very happy because they got their show back on the road after a most disappointing reverse against champions, Galway in the last round.

All in all it turned out to be a good day for Brian Cody’s men. During a sea-saw second half they went from being one time leaders by five points to falling behind by two before bouncing back to win by a somewhat flattering six.

“That was a good win, two very good points which keep us alive in the League,” said manager Cody with fair enthusiasm. “We won by six points, which was a bit of bonus because it didn’t look like we would win by so much. We responded well after Waterford had taken the lead.

“Next Saturday’s match against Dublin is crucial,” he added. “Waterford provided a serious, serious test. We lost Tommy (Walsh) and J.J. (Delaney) during the game, which was huge, and the response from the other players was top class.”

See full story in this week’s Kilkenny People.