James Stephens through to final

Kilkenny kingpins James Stephens are through to their first AIB All-Ireland Club hurling final since 1982, after a power-packed first half display against O'Donovan Rossa at Parnell Park.

AIB All-Ireland club hurling semi-final:

James Stephens (Kilkenny) 0-17 O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim) 1-06, Parnell Park

Kilkenny kingpins James Stephens are through to their first AIB All-Ireland Club hurling final since 1982, after a power-packed first half display against O'Donovan Rossa at Parnell Park.

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody was among the spectators, keeping a watching brief on his corner back son Donnacha, as 'the Village' eased through to a St Patrick's Day decider against Athenry of Galway.

Eoin Larkin and Eoin McCormack were their chief scorers in a first half which they dominated 0-14 to no score.

The Antrim side simply had no answer - against the wind - but did come back into it on the restart.

Chris McDonald pocket batted home Paul Graham's high, lobbing free to the Stephens' net for an early goal in the second half and it was tit-for-tat from then on.

Stephens' Gary Whelan traded a point with Joe O'Neill, then Chris Hamill and McDonald struck efforts, before Larkin added to his tally from a placed ball.

Rossa skipper Jim Connolly and Graham (0-02) tagged on further scores but the Ulster champions were just too far behind.

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