Good to lull these bastards into a false sense of security before the championship. Doc O'Connor seems to be settling right back in following his return from Australia - apparently he took the own goal with a lot of composure. Anyone know if KK's PJ Delaney is the same lad that used to play in the 1990s until he was attacked on a night out? I heard he was trying to make a comeback last year. Anyway, from today's Indo:
Models have no answer to Kilkenny cakewalk
Monday February 26th 2007
Walsh Cup SH Final
IT was the same old story as Kilkenny cruised to a comfortable victory over Wexford in this lacklustre Walsh Cup senior hurling final at Wexford Park yesterday.
That Kilkenny won the trophy for the third year in a row was no surprise, but the Model County display, coming on the back of last week's league defeat to Waterford, was shocking, for again they lacked urgency and pattern to their play.
After Eoin Larkin had pointed two frees in the first seven minutes, Wexford opened their account through Rory McCarthy. Further points from Larkin (2) and Eddie Brennan had the title holders 0-5 to 0-1 in front after 16 minutes. After Richie Kehoe and Aidan Fogarty had exchanged points, Wexford responded through Rory Jacob and a Paul Carley free.
Wexford gave themselves hope with late first-half points from Pat Doran, Carley (free) and Michael Jacob to see the sides level at 0-7 each at half-time.
Five minutes into the second half, Kilkenny all but killed off the Wexford challenge when a long PJ Delaney free slipped off the outstretched hand of David O'Connor to find its way to the corner of the net.
By the 55th minute, Kilkenny had moved into a five-point lead, 1-11 to 0-9, as Wexford struggled.
John Dalton and Derek Lyng fired over late points just to demonstrate the Cats' dominance.
SCORERS - Kilkenny: E Larkin 0-5 (5f), PJ Delaney 1-0 (1-0f); A Fogarty 0-3, D Lyng 0-2, P Cleere, E Brennan, J Dalton 0-1 each. Wexford: P Carley 0-4 (4f), R Jacob 0-2, M Jacob, R Kehoe, P Doran, R McCarthy 0-1 each.
KILKENNY - R O'Neill; N Kehoe, B Hogan, JJ Delaney; J Tyrrell, PJ Delaney, T Walsh; D Lyng, P Cleere; E Brennan, A Murphy, E Larkin; W O'Dwyer, S O'Neill, A Fogarty. Subs: E McCormack for O'Neill (inj); J Dalton for Tyrrell; M Murphy for Brennan.
WEXFORD - D Fitzhenry; M Travers, D O'Connor, P Roche; C Lawlor, K Rossiter, C Kenny; E Quigley, R Jacob; M Jacob, R Kehoe, P Carley; M Jordan, P Doran, R McCarthy. Subs: S Banville for M Jacob; W Doran for Jordan; M Doyle for P Doran.
REF - A Stapleton (Laois).