05/08/2021

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Kilkenny rally to claim Leinster crown

Kilkenny rally to claim Leinster crown
by Trevor Spillane tspillane@kilkennypeople.ie @TrevorSpillane

A stirring response to a Wexford rebellion saw the Kilkenny intermediates taste Leinster glory.

The Cats emerged with provincial honours on a 3-14 to 2-14 scoreline, but only after surviving a real battle in Wexford Park last night (Wednesday).

Shocked by Jack Pettitt’s 42nd minute goal Pat O’Grady’s side found themselves chasing a six-point game (2-12 to 2-6) but rallied with an impressive last quarter performance.

Helped by three Mark Bergin points the Cats clawed their way back into the reckoning, before sub Richie Leahy blasted home Kilkenny’s third goal to silence the home support.

They didn’t stop there. With more scores from Leahy, the hard-working John Walsh and Conor Tobin, allied to a rock-solid defence led by star performers in Jason Cleere and Luke Hickey, the Cats didn't stop until the silverware was in their possession.

See next week’s Kilkenny People for full report and match reaction.

SCORERS: Kilkenny - Mark Bergin (1-4, 0-3 frees); Richie Leahy (1-1); Billy Ryan (1-0); Nicky Cleere (0-2, 0-1 free); Jack Langton, Conor Tobin, John Walsh (0-2 each); Shane Donnelly (0-1). Wexford - Tommy Dwyer (0-7, frees); Jack Pettitt, Nicky Kirwan (1-2 each); John Doyle, Danny Martin Carroll, Ryan Mahon (0-1 each).

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