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Laois 0-9 Kilkenny 6-21
Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Semi Final
Laois minor’s Leinster championship campaign is over after they succumbed to a 30 point defeat against Kilkenny in O’Moore Park this afternoon.
Laois played with a gale force in the first half but they failed to make use of it and went in trailing by five points at half time.
Any chance they had ended 30 seconds after the restart when Liam Delaney was sent off and the floodgates opened as a result.
Laois were playing with strong breeze blowing into the Town end and they made the perfect start when Oisin Bennett landed a free from the terrace side in the opening minute.
But Kilkenny replied in devastating fashion. Laois wing back Ryan Murphy miscontrolled the sliotar and Adrian Mullen pounced on the loose ball before driving at goal and flicking the ball past the advancing Cathal Dunne.
Seán Ryan and Niall Brassill hit Kilkenny’s first two points as Laois were a little stunned having conceded such an early goal – but points from James Keyes and Bennett settled them again after ten minutes.
Adrian Mullen regained Kilkenny’s three point lead after a neat swivel and the same player then added a free to leave Kilkenny 1-4 to 0-3 ahead at the midpoint of the half.
John Dowd and Daniel Comerford traded points before Mullen took his tally to 1-3 for Kilkenny after an excellent catch on the run.
Laois were struggling to win their own puck out and Mullen was punishing them every time and he added another point before Oisin Bennett replied for the home side.
Laois needed more scores before half time but instead it was Kilkenny, via Jesse Roberts, who got the next.
Bennett did end proceedings with a free which left the half time score reading 1-8 to 0-6 Kilkenny and, with an ever stiffening breeze, Laois had a mountain to climb.
And that mountain quickly became the size of Mount Everest within thirty seconds of the restart. Liam Delaney, who had been booked in the first half, picked up a second and was sent off with Adrian Mullen putting Kilkenny six clear.
Kilkenny used the extra space on the pitch to perfection as Jim Ryan and Mullen struck further long range points.
Laois went in search of goals but they found their route blocked every time while Kilkenny added three more points via Mullen, Ryan and Roberts to move 1-14 to 0-6 ahead as we entered the final quarter.
Oisin Bennett scored Laois’s first point of the half from a free but this seemed to anger Kilkenny and they finished the game off in the two minutes that followed.
John Dowd and Seán Ryan both scored 1-1 to move Kilkenny into a 3-16 to 0-7 lead with still over ten minutes to play.
Daithi Barron and Bennett swapped points as the game ticked to its inevitable conclusion but there was no let up from Kilkenny.
Niall Brassill added a point and Jesse Roberts flicked in Kilkenny’s fourth goal to pile on the misery for Laois.
To their credit, Laois kept plugging away and got some reward when Ciarán Comerford landed his first of the afternoon.
But Kilkenny were determined to win by as much as possible and Niall Brassill notched a fifth goal while substitute Daithi Bannon pounced for a sixth before the end as the Cats won with 30 points to spare.
SCORERS – Laois: Oisin Bennett 0-6 (0-6 frees), James Keyes, Daniel Comerford and Ciarán Comerford 0-1 Kilkenny: Adrian Mullen 1-8 (0-2 free), Niall Brassill 1-3, Jesse Roberts 1-2, John Dowd 1-2, Sean Ryan 1-2, Daithi Barron 1-1, Jim Ryan 0-2, Eoin O’Shea 0-1
LAOIS: Cathal Dunne (Clough Ballacolla); Daniel Breen (Camross), John Maher (Rosenallis), Diarmuid Conway (Clough Ballacolla); Ryan Murphy (Galmoy), Padraig Delaney (The Harps), Eoin O’Connor (Portlaoise); PJ Daly (Clonad), Liam Senior (Clonaslee St Manman’s); Ciaran Comerford (The Harps), Liam Delaney (Camross), Daniel Comerford (The Harps); James Keyes (Colt), Oisin Bennett (Camross), Joe Phelan (Castletown). Subs: Joe McCormack (Castletown) for Murphy (25mins), Pádraig Dunne (The Harps) for D Comerford (46mins), Odhrán Phelan (Camross) for Daly (47mins), Brandon McGinley (Rathdowney-Errill) for J Phelan (51mins), Eoin Gaughan (Camross) for Keyes (58mins)
KILKENNY: Dean Mason; Tommy Ronan, Michael Carey, Darragh Walsh; James Brennan, Conor Flynn, Jordon Molloy; Eoin O’Shea, Jesse Roberts, John Dowd, Jim Ryan; Eoin Cody, Adrian Mullen, Seán Ryan. Subs: Jack Kelly for Cody (46mins), Daithi Barron for Ryan (49mins), Luke Murphy for Walsh (50mins), Brian Staunton for Flynn (55mins), Eoghan Moylan for Ryan (55mins)
Referee: Patrick Murphy (Carlow)