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Wexford U21's enjoy 10 point win over Kilkenny as Sutton and Clarke hit the net

Goals from Peter Sutton and Rhys Clarke in the second-half sealed a comfortable win for the Model County.

Kilkenny's Hugh O’Neill and Conor Martin with Aidan Nolan of Wexford..
Kilkenny's Hugh O’Neill and Conor Martin with Aidan Nolan of Wexford..
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Wexford 2-14
Kilkenny 0-10

WEXFORD KNOCKED KILKENY out of the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U21 hurling championship for the second year running tonight with a convincing win at Nowlan Park.

Last year Wexford needed extra-time before triumphing in the decider at Wexford Park but away from home, they enjoyed a far more emphatic victory tonight.

Goals from Peter Sutton and Rhys Clarke in the second-half sealed a comfortable win for the Model County.

They had started brightly to control the game and that was reflected in the 0-5 to 0-0 lead they enjoyed by the 23rd minute with Jack Guiney, Kevin Foley, Padraig Doyle and Aidan Nolan all on target.

It took Kilkenny 25 minutes to get off the mark when Richie Reid converted a free and they rallied before the break to trail by 0-6 to 0-3.

Kilkenny’s cause improved further early in the second-half with a Reid ’65 in the 41st minute leaving them only two points adrift and when he converted a point from a similar situation in the 48th minute, they were only behind by 0-11 to 0-8.

But Wexford closed out the game in style with substitute Peter Sutton rattling the net in the 53rd minute and Rhys Clarke netting three minutes later.

The result compounded Kilkenny’s recent underage woes after their minor side only hit 0-3 when losing to Dublin recently in the Leinster championship but Wexford now move to a semi-final date with Offaly on June 25th.

Eoin Conroy and Garrett Foley celebrate Wexford players Eoin Conroy and Garrett Foley celebrate. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Scorers for Wexford: Rhys Clarke 1-2, Jack Guiney 0-3 (0-2f), Peter Sutton 1-0, Conor McDonald, Gary Moore 0-2 each, Padraig Doyle, Aidan Nolan, Kevin Foley, Conor Devitt, Andrew Kenny 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Richie Reid 0-5 (0-3f, 0-2 ’65), Mark Mansfield 0-2, Hugh O’Neill, Conor Martin, Conor Prendergast 0-1 each.

1. Oliver O’Leary – Buffers Alley
2. Garrett Foley – Fethard
3. Liam Ryan – Rapparees
4. Eoin Conroy – Naomh Eanna
5. Andrew Kenny – Buffers Alley
6. Shane O Gorman – Adamstown ( Capt)
7. Jack O Connor – St. Martin’s
8. Aidan Nolan – HWH Bunclody
9. Conor Devitt – Ballyfad
10. Jack Guiney – Rathnure
11. Padraig Doyle – Naomh Eanna
12. Kevin Foley – Rapparees
13. Rhys Clarke – Faythe Harriers
14. Conor McDonald – Naomh Eanna
15. Gary Moore – Glynn-Barntown

JJ Doyle Wexford U21 boss JJ Doyle. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

1. Aaron Duggan (Dicksboro)
2. Luke Hickey (James Stephens)
3. Tom Aylward (Mullinavat)
4. Ger Teehan (Graigue-Ballycallan)
5. Conor O’Shea (Clara)
6. Robert Lennon (Bennettsbridge)
7. Enda Morrissey (Bennettsbridge)
8. Mark Mansfield (Mullinavat)
9. Owen McGrath (John Lockes)
10. Richie Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
11. Hugh O’Neill (Bennettsbridge)
12. Aidan Cleere (Bennettsbridge)
13. Tommy Hanrahan (Thomastown)
14. Johnny Hayes (Kilmacow)
15. Conor Martin (Emeralds)

Referee: David Hughes (Carlow)

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