Hurling honours for Kilkenny, GMIT and Fingal

Kilkenny, GMIT and Fingal claimed hurling honours across the Bord na Mona Leinster GAA Series this afternoon.

Kilkenny, GMIT and Fingal claimed hurling honours across the Bord na Mona Leinster GAA Series this afternoon.

At Pearse Stadium in Salthill, Kilkenny made their long trip worthwhile as they were crowned Walsh Cup champions following a 2-20 to 1-14 victory over Galway.

Joe Canning scored eight points for Anthony Cunningham's side, but it was not enough as Kilkenny took control in Brian Cody's first game in charge of the Cats in 2012.

An experienced Kilkenny side led for the majority of this contest, with an early goal from Richie Hogan setting the tone.

Excellent points from Hogan and Richie Power pushed Kilkenny into a 1-11 to 0-6 lead after 25 minutes, before Galway's James Regan brought his personal tally to 1-1 with a well-struck goal.

However, Kilkenny responded with the final two points of the half to take a 1-13 to 1-7 interval lead.

Galway outscored Kilkenny by four points to two during the opening 12 minutes of the second half with two points each from Canning and Conor Cooney.

However, the Tribesmen failed to get their second goal, with Tommy Walsh blocking Canning's 47th-minute shot. Even minutes later and Kilkenny had rattled the hosts' net for the second time through Eoin Larkin, and from then on the Cats had the win wrapped up.

Kehoe Cup honours went west as Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology claimed rare silverware thanks to a 2-18 to 1-13 win over St. Patrick's College Drumcondra at Na Fianna GAA Club in Glasnevin.

GMIT led today's final by 2-10 to 0-8 at half-time, with Padraig Pearses, Galway clubman Jimmy Gelston (1-9) and James Liddy of Clare netting their goals.

Kilkenny's Tom Breen claimed St Pat's lone goal in the second half, but GMIT always held that extra edge with seven different players on target.

After the game Limerick's Wayne McNamara lifted the trophy on behalf of a jubilant GMIT side.

Also in north Dublin, Fingal won the Kehoe Shield title at Fingallians, Swords. They beat Armagh 4-11 to 1-14 in this afternoon's decider.

Fingal led by 2-7 to 0-5 at half-time and although Armagh mounted a comeback on the restart, Willie Burke's side held out for victory.

John Michael Sheridan scored two goals for the winners, with Peter Daly and Eoin Power claiming Fingal's other goals.

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