Saturday 22 October 2016

Leinster U-21 Hurling final: Conor McDonald inspires Wexford to victory

Conor McDonald
Conor McDonald

A SUPERB performance from full-forward Conor McDonald inspired Wexford to their third ever three-in-a-row of Leinster Bord Gáis Energy Under-21 hurling titles.

The Slaneysiders hammered old foes Kilkenny by 4-17 to 1-9 at Innovate Wexford Park last night, with McDonald notching a personal total of 1-11 (0-7 from frees).

Although Kilkenny opened with a brilliant streak of 1-1, Wexford recovered strongly to lead by ten points before the break.

Goals from McDonald, James Cash and Andrew Kenny more than made up for Liam Hickey early strike as the hosts led by 3-8 to 1-4 at the interval, with wind advantage to come in the second half.

Within three minutes of the restart, Cathal Dunbar announced his first start for the county team as he finished the ball to the town-end net after collecting a cross field ball from James Cash.

Although Evan and Diarmuid Cody, the latter a son of Kilkenny senior manager Brian Cody, fought hard, McDonald kept the pressure on with a succession of sweet points.

It ws a display full of skill, determination and passion, and the Wexford boys were full value for their victory.

Naomh Éanna clubman Eoin Conroy lifted the provincial trophy, much to the delight of the throngs of home supporters.

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