11 Aug 2022

Leinster hurling: St Patrick's win through to home final

St Patrick's 2-20, Kiltale 2-10

Leinster hurling: St Patrick's win through to home final

Kevin Kelly (9) scored 11 points for St Patrick's

St Patrick's (Ballyragget) got off to a great start and they never looked back when driving into the Leinster club intermediate hurling final in Pairc Tailteann today.
Now the Cats can look forward to a home game in the decider against Glenealy (Wicklow) in two weeks time.
Kiltale (Meath) were hit for 2-1 between the sixth and 11th minutes, and after that they were fighting an uphill battle. They put in a strong, battling second half but they never looked like saving the game.
The opening four points were shared equally before match star, Kevin Kelly landed two to put the Kilkenny champions into a lead they never lost. Kelly punched a hole in the Kiltale defence in the ninth minute to create a goal scoring chance for Conor Delaney, who finished well.
When Seoirse Kenny powered through the defence to boot the ball into the net in the 11th minute the gap stretched to 2-5 to 0-2.
On St Pat's roared into an interval lead of 2-11 to 0-7.
Kiltale, with Cillian O'Sullivan a magnificent leader in attack, got more into the game after the rest. They pulled back goals through James Kelly (42nd minute; 2-15 to 1-9) and Fearghal McCabe (49th minute; 2-18 to 2-9) but St Pat's had the door shot and they weren't going to open it.
SCORERS: St Patrick's - Kevin Kelly (0-11); Conor Delaney (1-1); Seoirse Kenny (1-0); Joe Brennan (0-4); Michael Brennan (0-2); Patrick Brennan, Brian 'Brook' Phelan (0-1 each). Kiltale - Jack Regan (0-8); James Kelly, Fergal McCabe (1-0 each); Anthony Forde, Fearghal McCabe (1-0 each).

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