It was smooth sailing for the Kilkenny minors as they eased into the Leinster hurling semi-final with a comfortable win over Wexford.
The Cats were never overly troubled in Nowlan Park. Once they took the lead they never let it go.
The opening half was something of a shootout between Kilkenny's Adrian Mullen and Wexford's Ross Banville. The Ballyhale Shamrocks man edged the tussle, outscoring his rival by 0-6 to 0-5 to help Pat O'Grady's side go in 0-10 to 0-6 in front at the break.
Early points from Sean Ryan and Ted Drea only added to Kilkenny's lead, but they took a huge step towards victory when Mullen seized on Niall Brennan's long 36th minute ball and rifled the sliotar to the net (1-12 to 0-6). A string of points followed from Jack Kelly, ensuring there was no way back for the Model County men.
SCORERS: Kilkenny - Adrian Mullen (1-9, 0-6 frees, 0-1 65); Jack Kelly (0-3); Niall Brassil (0-2, 0-1 free); Eoin O'Shea (0-2); Conor Heary, Niall Brennan, Sean Ryan, Ted Drea (0-1 each). Wexford - Ross Banville (0-8, frees); Chris Turner, Sam Wall, Kyle Firman (0-1 each).
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