Leinster 1-25 Connacht 0-10
Reigning champions Connacht went out in a one sided affair against a fired up Leinster selection in the M Donnelly inter-provincial Senior Hurling semi-final at Loghrea on Sunday.
Laois midfielder James Young proved Leinster’s winner, with a cracking performance from midfield in which he shot 12 points, with three of them coming from play.
The mainly Galway Connacht selection, with Mayo’s Keith Higgins the only non-Tribesman on show, started well, going ahead by 0-4 to 0-1 before Leinster began to rumble. The home side struggled to take advantage of the wind in the opening half as Leinster racked up 1-7 without reply, the opening goal coming from Offaly’s Gary Hanniffy on seventeen minutes after some fine build up play from Kilkenny pair Richie Power and Eddie Brennan. Niall Healy relied with a hat trick of scores before the break but by that point Connacht were threading water. Connacht managed only two points from Fergal Healy in the second half either side of a seven point haul for the visiting team who travel to Boston next month to take on a Munster side that escaped Casement Park over the weekend with a 0-25 to 1-13 win against Ulster.
Scorers: – Leinster: J Young 0-12 (9f), G Hanniffy 1-2, R Power 0-4, T Walsh, E Brennan, B Carroll 0-2 each, M Comerford 0-1. Connacht: N Healy 0-7 (4f, ‘65), S Kavanagh (1f), F Healy, T Tierney 0-1 each.
Leinster: – D Fitzhenry (Wexford); R Mullaly (Kilkenny), D Ryan (Wexford), J Tennyson (Kilkenny); R Hanniffy (Offaly), D Ruth (Wexford), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny); J Ryall (Kilkenny), J Young (Laois); R Power (Kilkenny), M Comerford (Kilkenny), T Walsh (Kilkenny); E Brennan (Kilkenny), G Hanniffy (Offaly), B Carroll (Offaly).
Subs: S Clynch (Meath) for Comerford (55mins), S Kavanagh (Carlow) for Delaney (55mins); M Cordial (Offaly) for Ryall (62mins).
Connacht: (all Galway except where stated) – L Donoghue; D Joyce, T Óg Regan, A Coen; D Hardiman, L Hodgins, G Mahon; S Kavanagh, D Collins; F Healy, R Murray, K Broderick; K Higgins (Mayo), N Healy, N Kenny.
Subs: T Tierney for Kenny (34mins); K Wade for Murray (h-t); K Burke for Mahon (h-t); M Connaughton (Roscommon) for Broderick (59mins); M Keaveney (Roscommon) for Coen (60mins); R Mullery (Roscommon) for Collins (64mins).