Kilkenny champions, Lisdowney never had to move beyond second gear as they dished out a severe 5-16 to 0-8 beating to Carlow Town in the Leinster club junior hurling semi-final in Dr Cullen Park today.
The Cats all but waltzed into the final in which they play Ballinamere (Offaly) away in two weeks time.
The winners were in control from the throw-in. Within 10 minutes the bang on form Edward Kenny (2), Rory Hickey (2) and Lar Carroll all registered points as the gulf in class between the teams was immediately underlined.
When full-forward Paddy Bowden crashed home two goals for Lisdowney in the 21st and 22nd minutes the scores didn’t only signal tough times for Carlow, they marked the end of the match (2-8 to 0-2).
By half time the losers were trailing by 0-3 to 2-10.
Lisdowney opened the second half with a point from the deadly finishing Edward Kenny. When sub Michael Kenny danced up the right wing four minutes later before planting the ball in the net (3-11 to 0-4) you would wish the referee could have called time. He couldn’t. Lisdowney eased their way to the finish.
There was a very nasty incident about 10 minutes from the end when Carlow sub, Ivan Fennell, listed as No. 17 in the programme, was red carded after felling an opponent. He first dug the hurley into the ribs of Edward Kenny. When Kenny lay on the ground he was kicked openly into the rips.
Kenny had to be assisted from the pitch, and he received treatment for ages on the sideline before being brought away for x-rays.
Scorers: Lisdowney - R. Hickey (1-5); P. Bowden, M. Kenny (2-0 each); E. Kenny (0-4); E. Hickey (0-3); A. Fogarty (0-2); L. Carroll, E. Delahunty (0-1 each). Carlow Town - C. Clancy (0-6); K. English, P. McElligott (0-1 each).