Electric Ireland Leinster GAA Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
Kilkenny 6-21, Laois 0-9
Dublin 0-20, Wexford 1-14
Dublin and Kilkenny convincingly came through their semi-finals of the Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling Championship today and so will meet in the final at Croke Park on Sunday, 2nd July.
Kilkenny were far too strong for Laois at O’Moore Park, hitting their opening goal from Adrian Mullen (who finished with 1-8) in the fourth minute and raising the green flag six times in all.
By half time, Kilkenny had opened up a five point advantage, 1-8 to 0-6, and had the wind in their favour for the second half. It got worse for Laois when they were reduced to 14 players shortly after the resumption.
By the end of the third quarter, Kilkenny were comfortably ahead by 1-14 to 0-7 and between then and the final whistle, the struck for five more goals, compliments of John Dowd, Sean Ryan, Jesse Roberts, Niall Brassil and Daithi Barron.
Meanwhile, at Parnell Park, Sean Currie was the scorer-in-chief for reigning champions Dublin as they defeated Wexford by three points.
Dublin led by 0-10 to 0-6 at the interval, and were seven points ahead with less than ten minutes remaining, when a Jack Cullen goal brought Wexford back into contention.
But Dublin weren’t deterred and hit another five points without reply, with Mark Grogan, Liam Murphy and Currie on target.
Wexford recorded the last two points of the hour, but it was too little, too late and they were unable to gain revenge for last year’s final defeat.