Galway 2-12 Kilkenny 1-24
Kilkenny gained revenge on Galway for defeat in last year’s Erin All-Ireland Under-21 hurling final with a classy display in Tullamore.
Despite a 2-4 tally from minor star Joe Canning, the Leinster champions proved too hot with James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick (0-8), TJ Reid (0-5) and Richie Power (1-1) the key men.
Power’s 14th-minute goal pushed the Cats into a 1-7 to 0-2 lead, but substitute Canning directed a 25th-minute centre in past Liam Tierney to cut the gap to 1-12 to 1-5 at the break.
Five minutes into the second half, he nabbed his second – yet Kilkenny were never headed.
GALWAY – A Ryan; T Linane, P Loughnane, P Holland; A Keary (0-1 (0-1 sl), J Lee, G Mahon; N Callanan, D Kelly; C Donlon, F Coone (0-1), S Glynn; D Reilly (0-1), N Healy (0-1 (0-1f)), K Wade (0-3 (0-2f, 0-1 ‘65’)).
Subs used: J Canning (2-4 (0-1f, 0-1 sl)) for Glynn (22 mins), K Hynes for Callanan (half-time), C Kavanagh (0-1) for Donlon (50)
KILKENNY – L Tierney; K Joyce, D Cody, S Cummins; P Hartley, J Dalton, D Fogarty; J Fitzpatrick (0-8 (0-5f, 0-3 ‘65’)), M Fennelly (0-1); TJ Reid (0-5), A Murphy (0-2), P Hogan (0-4 (0-1 sl)); R Power (1-1), M Nolan (0-1), D McCormack.
Subs used: A Healy (0-2) for McCormack (37 mins), E O’Donoghue for Nolan (56)
Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)