Aylward hobbled off after 18 minutes and winning manager Thomas Mullally will wait on an assessment before making a call on his fitness for the Croke Park final against Eoghan Rua on February 7. Glenmore already had matters under control when Dungourney captain James McCarthy got his marching orders. Shane Doherty slotted into the role of spare man and the defence only conceded four scores from play.
At the other end, Mark Aylward, Alan Murphy and Shane Murphy all enjoyed prolific afternoons in front of goal. The security given by Richie Mullally from centre back and ball winning capacity of Eoin Murphy at number ten also gave them an edge. Wexford whistler Justin Heffernan flashed two reds and eight yellows over the hour.
Dungourney boss Brian Ronayne complained about the second yellow for McCarthy who was carded for an off the ball incident along with Eoin Murphy. “Our gripe was the sending off; we were very disappointed with it. He said that the man pushed him into the back and into the opposing player.
“He said that he couldn’t do anything about it. If we had fifteen on fifteen for the second half and seven points down, we would have been happy enough because the wind was very strong. They just had a little bit too much quality for us on the day.”
A big crowd streamed into the WIT complex to fill both stands and an eventful first half unfolded. Glenmore had the wind in their favour and that was a significant factor for their first goal in the tenth minute.
Dungourney corner forward Shane Hegarty was penalised for steps and from the subsequent free, Alan Murphy caught the sliotar and his blistering shot whizzed past David Hennessy. Points by Emmett Vereker and Mark Aylward expanded the gap to six (1-4 to 0-1).
Dungourney then lost their skipper McCarthy as he got caught up in a row with Eoin Murphy who was also booked. Following the same incident, Ger Aylward was carried towards the sideline by the Glenmore mentors.
The Kilkenny men kicked on regardless. On 23 minutes, a patient move involving Eoin Murphy and Emmett Vereker led to Alan Murphy smashing to the top corner. They signed off 2-5 to 0-4 in front despite shooting seven wides.
Ryan Denny and Niall Motherway tried their best to mount a second half retrieval for Dungourney but they couldn’t make much headway against an impenetrable Glenmore defence. Mark Aylward buried them with a fine solo goal fourteen minutes from time.
The cards continued to flow and substitute Michael Hickey received a straight red following another unsavoury scuffle. Shane Casey crashed home an injury time consolation as Dungourney now switch attention to the intermediate championship.
M Aylward 1-5 (5fs); A Murphy 2-0; S Murphy 0-3; E Vereker 0-2.
R Denny 0-6 (6fs); S Casey 1-2 (1-1fs); N Motherway, J Griffin, S Hegarty 0-1 each.
D Aylward; S Duggan, F Freyne, S Doherty; Mark Phelan, R Mullally, P Roche; S Murphy, C Doherty; E Murphy, Michael Phelan, E Vereker; G Aylward, A Murphy, M Aylward.
J Cody for G Aylward (19); L Hennessy for J Cody (55); J Aylward for A Murphy (60); D Aylward for E Murphy (61); B O’Donoghue for M Aylward (63).
D Hennessy; M Wall, M Hegarty, E Ahern; J Ronayne, N Motherway, J McCarthy; R Denny, B Ahern; J Griffin, J Leahy, Kenneth Kelleher; S Hegarty, S Casey, P Harney.
K Rohan for Leahy (H-T); M Hickey for Harney (H-T); Kevin Kelleher for Ahern (38); S Hickey for Kenneth Kelleher (46); B Ahearne for Hegarty (60).
J Heffernan (Wexford)