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Keoghan double helps Kilkenny hold off strong Antrim challenge

Two goals from Tullaroan’s Martin Keoghan helped Kilkenny overcome Antrim in Nowlan Park.

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KILKENNY OPENED THEIR 2022 Allianz Hurling League 1 Group B campaign with a hard-fought 2-15 to 3-9 victory over Antrim at UPMC Nowlan Park. 

Brian Cody’s outfit, who were without their Ballyhale contingent, recovered from a slow start to see the tie out with a strong second-half showing.  

The away side struck first as Keelan Molloy scored an early point and Sean Elliot hit a goal past Darren Brennan. A James Bergin placed ball instigated Kilkenny’s comeback and an injury-time Martin Keoghan goal brought the host level with the score 1-6 apiece heading into half-time.

tempers-flare-between-both-teams Source: Evan Treacy/INPHO

John Donnelly put Kilkenny into the lead shortly after the break and they stayed there for the rest of the game. Another Keoghan goal stretched their advantage but a spirited Antrim refused to go quietly as Elliot hit another point before Conor Johnson and Neil McManus both raised the green flag. 

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Donnelly added another point to keep the Saffrons at bay. They will play Dublin next Saturday while Kilkenny take on Tipperary on Sunday. 

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