Old money back in cir­cu­la­tion

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA -

IT MAT­TERED

Kilkenny’s run of scores in the first half. They were 1-2 to 0-1 down on seven min­utes, and they outscored Wex­ford 1-11 to zero for the next 25 min­utes. That was the ball game.

CAN’T IG­NORE

A sport­ing Paddy Dee­gan of Kilkenny was help­ing Diar­muid O’ke­effe with a cramp in in­jury time, flex­ing the Wex­ford man’s foot - un­til a ball squirted loose and Dee­gan aban­doned his post, rac­ing onto the slio­tar and solo­ing up­field.

GOOD DAY

For Kilkenny, hit­ting 1-27, qual­i­fy­ing for a league fi­nal and giv­ing some promis­ing young play­ers an­other big day out. Ex­pe­ri­ence and a chance of sil­ver­ware, ev­ery­one’s a win­ner.

BAD DAY

Wex­ford got a bit of a jolt yes­ter­day. Los­ing is one thing but be­ing swept away in the first half and not scor­ing for al­most half an hour is not en­cour­ag­ing ahead of the cham­pi­onship.

SIDE­LINE SMARTS

Davy Fitzger­ald paid trib­ute to Brian Cody’s change in tac­tics, and Kilkenny are cer­tainly play­ing more of a pos­ses­sion game now. But Cody also iden­ti­fied po­ten­tial strong points for Wex­ford, such as Jack O’con­nor’s field­ing from puck­outs, and nul­li­fied those.

PHYSIO ROOM

Ger Ayl­ward was feel­ing a ham­string but Brian Cody was hope­ful the in­jury wasn’t too se­ri­ous. He also wel­comed Conor Fog­a­rty back: “Conor was ex­cel­lent. He was out for a long time with a se­ri­ous virus and I thought he was ex­cel­lent when he came on.”

BEST ON SHOW

TJ Reid was im­mac­u­late, hit­ting 15 points and gen­er­ally do­ing the right thing over and over. And over and over.

MAN IN THE MID­DLE

Colm Lyons of Cork han­dled the game well.

WHERE NEXT?

Kilkenny take on Tip­per­ary in the NHL fi­nal next week, while Wex­ford pre­pare for the up­com­ing Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship.

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