Kilkenny 0-22
Cork 0-15

RICHIE HOGAN’S BRILLIANCE helped Kilkenny get off the mark in Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League this afternoon in Nowlan Park, as they ended their losing streak with a seven-point success over Cork.

Shane Prendergast fields the ball ahead of Shane Kingston

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Hogan chipped in with 0-5 from play as Kilkenny bounced back from opening losses to Waterford and Clare, giving Brian Cody’s charges a timely boost ahead of next Saturday night’s showdown with Tipperary.

Kilkenny powered clear in the second half of this game, increasing an 0-11 to 0-10 advantage at the interval to be comfortably ahead by 0-18 to 0-12 after 46 minutes.

Walter Walsh and newcomer Richie Leahy also impressed in the scoring stakes while TJ Reid’s freetaking helped him weigh in with 0-7.

But for a couple of excellent point-blank saves by Anthony Nash to deny Colin Fennelly, this could have been a heavier defeat for a Cork team who were reduced to 14 men before the finish, when Cormac Murphy was shown a red card.

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Anthony Nash denies Colin Fennelly from finding the net.

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Cork had been extremely competitive in the opening period with Alan Cadogan a strong outlet in attack and Conor Lehane – who struck 0-10 overall – impressively assuming the placed ball responsibilities as Patrick Horgan started the game on the bench.

Alan Cadogan under pressure from Conor O’Shea

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The teams were level three times in the opening period and while Kilkenny were in front 0-10 to 0-7 approaching half-time, Cork chipped away at that advantage to only trail by the minimum at the midway mark.

But Kieran Kingston’s side only amassed 0-5 in the second half as Kilkenny ran out deserving victors.

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody.

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Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-7 (0-6f), Richie Hogan 0-5, Walter Walsh, Richie Leahy 0-3 each, Eoin Murphy 0-2 (0-2f), Cillian Buckley, Conor Martin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Conor Lehane 0-10 (0-4f, 0-3 ’65), Alan Cadogan 0-2, Bill Cooper, Seamus Harnedy, Dean Brosnan 0-1 each.

Kilkenny

1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)

2. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)
3. Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan)
4. Conor O’Shea (Clara)

5. Conor Fogarty (Erin’s Own)
6. Jason Cleere (Bennettsbridge)
7. Kieran Joyce (Rower Inistioge)

8. Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro)
9. Paddy Deegan (O’Loughlin Gaels)

10. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
11. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
12. Richie Leahy (Rower Inistioge)

13. Richie Hogan (Danesfort)
14. Conor Martin (Emeralds)
15. Walter Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon)

Subs

Shane Prendergast (Clara) for Joyce (half-time)
James Maher (St Lachtain’s) for Leahy (63)

Cork

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Killian Burke (Midleton)
3. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
4. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)

5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)

8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
9. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)

10. Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Shane Kingston (Douglas)

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
15. Luke Meade (Newcestown)

Subs

19. Cormac Murphy (Mallow) for Kearney (inj) (20)
25. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers) for Kingston (57)
17. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers) for Burke (57)
Luke O’Farrell (Midleton) for Meade (63)

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

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