Home Comfort as Kilkenny cream Cork
John Meyler named a strong Cork side for the trip to Nolan Park on Sunday to take on Kilkenny and while a few well-known names such as Seamus Harnedy, Conor Lehane and Daragh Fitzgibbon were left out although Lehane was on the bench. Getting his first taste of League action was Declan Dalton from Fr O’Neill’s who started at centre-forward.
Kilkenny without the Ballyhale Shamrock’s contingent were still intent on getting the points on home soil, and a decent enough contest unfolded into a shoot-out between Patrick Horgan for Cork and Kevin Kelly from Kilkenny in the opening half with the home side leading by 1-8 to 0-10 at half time. A superb side line cut from Declan Dalton yielded a smashing point, while Cormac Murphy also did well for the rebels. However, with Billy Ryan proving a handful it was Kilkenny that got the opening goal as Ryan cut through before parting to sub Richie Leahy and he smashed the ball home to the delight of the home fans.
Brian Cody’s side impressed in defence with Huw Lawlor and Paddy Deegan rock solid and with John Donnellan and Kevin Kelly keeping the score board ticking over, the home side continued to stay in front. A second goal this time from Billy Ryan had Kilkenny in the driving seat as Cork struggled to get scores. Cormac Murphy and Patrick Horgan were the only cork players to make a real impact as Kilkenny ran out comfortable winners by 2-18 to 0-17. Cork will face Wexford who lost to Limerick on Sunday in a double header with John Myler’s side needing to show a big improvement. With no relegation this year, results will not be a major factor, but performances certainly will and on the evidence of this display Brian Cody and holders Kilkenny will be the much happier of the two sides.
Cork: P Horgan 0-10, C Murphy 0-4, D Dalton, A Walsh and D Kearney 0-1 each.
Kilkenny: K Kelly 0-8, B Ryan 1-1, R Leahy 1-0, C Delaney and G Aylward and J Donnelly 0-2 each, C Brown, C Fogarty and P Deegan 0-1 each.
and P Horgan.
Subs used: J O’Connor for J Coughlan,
D Lowney for C O’Sullivan,
C Lehane for C calahane
and M O’Halloran for L Meade.
and L Scanlon.
Subs used: R Leahy for G Malone injd,
C brown for J Maher,
L Blanchfield for L Scanlon
and P Lyng for G Aylward.
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)