Tommy Dickson/INPHO Nowlan Park hosted tonight's meeting of Kilkenny and Laois.
Leinster U20
Kilkenny hold off strong Laois challenge and Offaly come good to defeat Kildare
Kilkenny will now take on Galway in the semi-finals while Offaly face Dublin.

KILKENNY AND OFFALY both landed victories in tonight’s Leinster U20 hurling quarter-finals.

On home soil in UPMC Nowlan Park, Kilkenny had to hold off a major challenge by Laois before they prevailed 1-18 to 1-15.

An early goal from Conor Kelly gave Kilkenny a boost but Laois responded to be in front 0-8 to 1-4 in the 14th minute and were ahead 0-11 to 1-7 at the interval.

Kilkenny had drawn level 1-11 to 0-14 by the 46th minute and then made a decisive burst as they reeled off six points without reply.

Substitute Dan Delaney netted from a penalty in the 53rd minute to cut the gap to three but Kilkenny held on to that advantage to succeed.

Offaly also triumphed at home by 2-25 to 1-16 over Kildare in Tullamore, achieving victory after a strong second-half showing against a team that had stunned Wexford in memorable fashion last week.

The teams were deadlocked at 0-11 apiece by the break but Offaly outscored Kildare 0-7 to 0-3 in the third quarter. A DJ McLoughlin goal in the 50th minute and another in injury-time from Joe Ryan sealed Offaly’s win with David Qualter grabbing a late consolation goal for Kildare.

Kilkenny will now face Galway at the semi-final stage while the reigning champions Dublin will meet Offaly.

The semi-finals will take place next Tuesday 20 July at 7.30pm with the final the following week on Tuesday 27 July.

Leinster U20 Hurling Semi-Final Results

  • Kilkenny 1-18 Laois 1-15
  • Offaly 2-25 Kildare 1-16

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