Kilkenny never raised a gallop and they were well beaten by Dublin (2-8 to 0-3) in the Leinster minor hurling championship at Nowlan Park today.
The losers will get a second chance at survival when they play Carlow in two weeks time, but they have a lot of work ahead if they are to make any impression in the championship, given today’s collapse.
The lively winners opened smartly, and 1-1 from Chris Bennett during the opening four minutes helped them find their feet as the rain lashed down. They had a second goal from Con O’Callaghan in the 26th minute, and that helped them into an interval lead of 2-3 to 0-1.
The lone Kilkenny score came from a free by Alan Murphy in the 17th minute.
Kilkenny won a good share of possession after the turn, but they couldn’t turn it into account. Dubs regained control after Rian McBride opened their second half scoring with a point in the 46th minute. They dominated from there to the finish.
SCORERS - Dublin: C. O’Callaghan (1-2); C. Bennett (1-1); M. Oliver, R. McBride (0-2 each); E. McHugh (0-1). Kilkenny: A. Murphy (0-2, one free); S. Morrissey (0-1).