Leinster Senior Hurling Championship


By Cian O’Connell at Nowlan Park

Where to start? Galway’s skill? Kilkenny’s spirit? An absorbing match at Nowlan Park culminated in a victory for Galway.

That was what mattered most of all as suddenly Galway’s hurling world appears far brighter after a critical victory was posted against a typically gritty striped team.

Kilkenny ended the tussle with 13 men, Galway concluded with 14 and though the visitors moved six points clear with 10 minutes remaining, Brian Cody’s team stayed the distance.

Five late Kilkenny efforts on the spin ensured there was no shortage of drama, but Galway held on taking a prized scalp, and more importantly, putting two points safely into their Leinster Championship account.

A game that will linger long in the memory supplied so many topics of conversation. TJ Reid’s enduring excellence; Cathal Mannion’s seven points from play; Jonathan Glynn’s effectiveness; Kilkenny’s refusal to wilt. Still when the long whistle was blasted Galway were in front by one and it was sufficient.

The opening period moved along at a good clip with Galway and Kilkenny both contributing to a hugely interesting and entertaining start.

Ultimately Galway were satisfied to depart at the break armed with a 1-13 to 1-10 advantage with Cathal Mannion’s influence considerable.

Mannion mined six sweet points from a variety of distances and angles for Galway, who thundered into the contest accumulating a 1-5 to 0-3 lead by the 13th minute.

Galway’s goal was struck in the 11th minute with Mannion supplying the pass which enabled Conor Whelan to burst clear prior to thumping a blistering effort into the back of the Kilkenny net.

Despite the setback there was much to admire in the resilient manner Kilkenny responded by stitching a 1-4 without reply sequence together.

Inevitably TJ Reid was prominent drilling an opportunistic 15th minute major punishing hesitancy in the Galway rearguard following a Colin Fennelly pass.

Mannion brought Galway back within the minimum and while a Darren Brennan free edged the Cats two ahead, Michael Donoghue’s outfit remained defiant.

In the last 10 minutes of the first half Galway, prompted by Mannion’s splendid wrists, outscored Kilkenny by seven points to two.

It was a positive stint for Galway, who registered 1-13 from 21 attempts compared to Kilkenny’s 1-10 from 17.

When the action recommenced it was similarly intriguing. Galway were in front by five in the 48th minute as Paul Murphy was sent off for a second bookable offence for a foul on Brian Concannon.

Mannion and Reid traded points prior to a Conncannon goal on 50 as the Killimordaly clubman book ended a move featuring Glynn, Whelan, and Flynn.

That had Galway eight up, but another Kilkenny was sparked. In the 59th minute Kilkenny had the gap down to three when the ever industrious Reid planted a goal.

Galway summoned a riposte with Flynn’s flick releasing substitute Johnny Coen, who made the Kilkenny net dance from an awkward angle.

Due to Kilkenny’s passion Galway didn’t score again. Eight minutes were left when John Hanbury was sent off for Galway, Reid subsequently clipped two frees.

Then Ger Aylward was dismissed for a second yellow card offence, but Kilkenny ploughed on unperturbed. Reid added a couple of frees and it was deep into stoppage time when Richie Leahy had the margin down to one.

Galway held on and next Saturday’s games at Parnell Park and Innovate Wexford Park will be monitored with interest.

Scorers for Galway: Cathal Mannion 0-8 (7fs), Brian Concannon and Conor Whelan 1-2 each, Johnny Coen 1-1, Jason Flynn 0-3 (2fs), Adrian Tuohey 0-2, David Burke and Jonathan Glynn 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 2-11 (6fs, 165), Billy Ryan 0-3, Richie Leahy and Bill Sheehan 0-2 each, Alan Murphy, Colin Fennelly, Paddy Deegan, and Darren Brennan (f) 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Aidan Harte, Daithí Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Joseph Cooney, Gearoid McInerney; Seán Loftus, David Burke; Jonathan Glynn, Cathal Mannion, Adrian Tuohey; Conor Whelan, Jason Flynn, Brian Concannon.

Subs: Johnny Coen for Loftus (HT), Davey Glennon for Tuohey (59), Niall Burke for Concannon (64), Sean Linnane for Flynn (70+2).

KILKENNY: Darren Brennan; Tommy Walsh, Huw Lawlor, Paul Murphy; Conor Fogarty, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Alan Murphy, Richie Leahy; Adrian Mullen, Billy Ryan, TJ Reid; Bill Sheehan, Colin Fennelly, Ger Aylward.

Subs: Richie Hogan for Mullen (32), Joey Holden for T Walsh (44), Jason Cleere for Murphy (50), John Donnelly for Sheehan (58).

REFEREE: Colm Lyons (Cork).

Galway web

Galway Senior Hurling team to face Kilkenny

1. Colm Callanan (Kinvara)

2. John Hanbury (Rahoon Newcastle)

3. Daithí Burke (Turloughmore)

4. Aidan Harte (Gort)

5. Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)

6. Gearoid McInerney (Oranmore Maree)

7. Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)

8. Seán Loftus (Turloughmore)

9. David Burke (Capt.) (St. Thomas')

10. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)

11. Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan)

12. Adrian Tuohy (Beagh)

13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)

14. Jason Flynn (Tommy Larkins)

15. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)


Galway U-20 Team to play Cork in the John Kerins Cup

Saturday 8th June

Venue: Claughaun GAA, Limerick @ 1.30 p.m.

1. Oran Burke

2. Ross Mahon

3. Seán Mulkerrin

4. Eoghan McFadden

5. Liam Boyle

6. Ciaran Potter

7. Jack Kirrane

8. Matthias Barrett

9. Michael Culhane

10. Ben O’Connell

11. Gavin Burke

12. Conor Newell

13. Darragh Silke

14. Padraig Costello

15. Rory Cunningham


Leinster SHC – Kilkenny v Galway (2.00pm)

Nowlan Park 

9th June 2019

Stand: – Adult: Pre Purchase Price: €20.00 Purchase on the Day: €25.00 – Juveniles (U-16):€5.00
Terrace: – Pre Purchase Price: €15.00 Purchase on the Day: €20.00 – (NO CONCESSIONS)
Note: Juveniles (U-16) must be accompanied by an Adult

Tickets can be purchased from the following locations:-
(a) the participating County Boards
(b) GAA Ticketline 1890 92 46 48
(e) Centra & Supervalu Shops

Senior Citizens & Students (Ardan Breathnach Uncovered, Ardan De Gras and Ardan O’Cearbhaill)
Purchase full price tickets and on the day of the match they can claim a rebate of €5 when they produce appropriate I.D from the following stiles PRIOR TO ENTRY INTO THE STADIUM.
Ardan De Gras – Stiles 13 and 21
Ardan Breathnach – Stiles 30 & 37
Ardan O Cearbhaill – Stile 27

Wheelchair Tickets:-
The Wheelchair Ticket is free of charge and the Assistant’s ticket is €20

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