Kilkenny cruise past Galway

KILKENNY 1-20 GALWAY 0-12

KILKENNY 1-20 GALWAY 0-12

All-Ireland champions Kilkenny gained ground in Allianz NHL Division 1 with a comfortable win over Galway in today's refixed clash at Pearse Stadium.

The Cats established early control with Michael Grace, PJ Delaney, Richie Power and Martin Comerford landing points.

Galway got off the mark through Niall Healy, their most impressive forward in open play, and free-taker Ger Farragher.

However, Farragher was guilty of some poor wides and indeed, at half-time, the Tribesmen had struck nine wides to Kilkenny's four.

In wet and windy conditions, Kilkenny's first touch was crisper and although they played into the wind in the opening half, they reached the interval with a 0-7 to 0-6 lead.

The rain pelted down as the first half came to a close and Galway had to rejig their defence when full-back Ciaran O'Donovan was yellow carded for pulling down Power.

The foul produced a penalty which Damien Joyce did well to save on the goal-line.

By the break, five of the six starting Kilkenny forwards had scored and Brian Cody's men moved further ahead on the restart.

The ball fell kindly for Power to beat Galway goalkeeper Eric Ward with a close range effort and chalk up the game's only goal.

Power was denied by Ward just moments later but that early goal laid the foundations for a confident second-half display from the Cats.

John Tennyson and Michael Rice hit three points apiece during the closing half-hour as Kilkenny romped home, despite losing full-back JJ Delaney to a yellow card.

Richie Murray, Cyril Donnellan, Aonghus Callanan and Farragher kept Galway competitive but John McIntyre's men were very much second best on the day.

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