Cats crack Carlow early as Kilkenny coast to victory
It may be harsh on the host but after James Maher goaled on ten minutes for Kilkenny this game was all but up as a contest.
Kilkenny saw off Carlow comprehensively on a scoreline of 3-21 to 0-09 in the National Hurling League 1B tie in Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow.
It was a very disappointing day for Carlow and their exploits of last summer seem a long way away now. But Carlow picked from a smaller pool of players and surely are focusing on bigger challenges this summer, none the less this performance hardly inspired optimism.
Maher’s goal had them seven points up after ten minutes and some nice scores from play from the like of Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan added to the far too frequent Alan Murphy scores from frees had Kilkenny 1-12 to 0-5 up at half time.
Second half goals from Ger Aylward after four minutes after the resumption and Richie Hogan after 54 minutes kept the scoreboard ticking over at a steady rate.
Aptly, Alan Murphy had the last say popping over a free just before the referee blew it up, Kilkenny running out an extremely comfortable 3-21 to 0-09.