Laois minor hurlers fall at first hurdle against Kilkenny

Dwayne Palmer controls this ball for Laois against Kevin Kenny, Kilkenny in the Leinster MHC at Nowlan Park.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie
Laois minor hurlers’ dreams of a famous win over Kilkenny were ruthlessly quashed on Saturday afternoon, as a clinical home side doled out a one-sided defeat in Nowlan Park.

Laois minor hurlers’ dreams of a famous win over Kilkenny were ruthlessly quashed on Saturday afternoon, as a clinical home side doled out a one-sided defeat in Nowlan Park.

Travelling down to the marble city, there were murmurings in the county that this team could be well placed to upset the Leinster powerhouses, but it didn’t play out like that. After taking their time to settle into the game, Laois went blow for blow with Kilkenny only to be hit with three goals either side of half time.

When Laois looked like they might get a bit of momentum towards the end of the first half, Kilkenny pounced for a goal within minutes, and then added two more in the space of a minute in the second half. It was ruthless and, if nothing else, gave Laois a close-up view of how the top teams win games.

With the score at 0-8 to 0-6 a wonderful Joe Campion point for laois, Kilkenny worked the ball down field and John Walsh found the back of the net. Laois trailed by 1-9 to 0-7 but within two minutes the game was up as Kilkenny added two more goals in quick succession.

Pat Critchley’s men did manage a late goal, from a long-range Aidan Corby free but it was too late to change the outcome of the game.

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