Kilkenny easily beat Galway to win Walsh Cup

Updated: February 12, 2012

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Kilkenny easily beat Galway in the Walsh Cup final at Pearse Stadium on Sunday

Galway 1-14 2-20 Kilkenny, Pearse Stadium FT

Live Commentary
70min Its all over here, one minute injury time to play.
69min Joe Canning with another free.
66min Wides from both teams.
61min Power and Hogan hit points for Kilkenny.
58min Poor play from Galway keeper and its a goal for Kilkenny by Eoin Larkin
53min Joe Canning with another free brings Galway back to three down.
47min Great save by Tommy Walsh on the Kilkenny goal line form a 20m free from Joe Canning.
45min Joe Canning hits another free to leave only four points in it, Kilkenny have practically the team that won the All-Ireland on the field now.
42min Two points form play for Kilkenny, Conor Conney gets a nice point for Galway.
37min Joe Canning gets the first point of the second half.
36min Tommy Walsh & Jackie Tyrell have come into the Kilkenny team.
36min Second half about to get underway.
35min Richie Power hits another point for Kilkenny
35min Frees for either side, leaves five points in it going into first half injury time.
33min Niall Donohue comes into the Galway team for Brian Flaherty
30min Great few minutes for James Regan who gets a goal for Galway that they badly needed.
28min Hogan for Kilkenny and Regan for Galway hit points.
26min Another 65 for Richie Power gives Kilkenny an eight point lead.
25min Burke for Galway and Fennelly for Kilkenny share points.
22min Joe Canning is keeping Galway in the match, he hits over another free.
20minHogan with another point for Kilkenny, the really mean business with ten All-Ireland winners starting today.
17min Joe Canning hits over a nice point from a sideline cut.
15min Richie Power and Richie Hogan hit two points each.
11min David Burke hits a nice point from play for Galway.
8min Two frees Richie Power increases the Kilkenny lead to four, two more quick points gives Kilkenny a five point lead.
7min Some good play by the Kilkenny forwards but James Skehill makes a really nice save.
5min Joe Canning hits over a fantastic 65 to get Galway on the score board.
3min Great start for Kilkenny with Richie Hogan getting an early goal.
1min Match underway
0min Match has been delayed ten minutes to 12:55pm
0min Its very cloudy at Pearse stadium for Leinster’s first senior Hurling trophy of the year as Galway and Kilkenny go head-to-head in the final of 2012 Bord na Mona Walsh Cup.

Galway(v Kilkenny)
James Skehill, Kevin Hynes, John Connolly, Fergal Moore, Brian Flaherty, Tony Og Regan, Eanna Ryan, Paul Huban, Conor Cooney, Iarlaith Tannian, Johnny Coen, Damien Hayes, Joe Canning, David Burke.

Both sides will hope to feature in the latter stages of the Leinster and All-Ireland Championship, so the final will provide an early season opportunity to gauge the development of the squads.

Kilkenny in particular are in a period of transition, with the midweek retirement of Michael Kavanagh following on the heels of Eddie Brennan and James Fitzpatrick, who have both left the squad. Brian Coady has used an experimental squad to date so far and he has been rewarded with a comfortable run to the final, running out seven points winners over Westmeath in the semi-final.

John Power and Cillian Buckley both caught the eye in the win over the Lake County, with Power scoring 1-08 of Kilkenny’s 1-23 total. Coady will again look to the target man to lead the line, while Eamonn Walsh will miss out following his sending off last weekend.

Galway, meanwhile, were equally comfortable in their 2-15 to 0-11 win over Laois. Joe Canning was in superb form and scored 1-1, which adde to the 1-06 he scored against UCD. Substitute James Regan will be hoping his 1-06 from the bench will be enough for a place in the starting line-up on Sunday.

Galway will be looking to prove that they can compete for a Leinster title in the summer and the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup final encounter will be a good indicator of how far they have to travel to get there.

This early season heavyweight contest takes place in Pearse Stadium on Sunday 12th February and promises to be a mouth-watering final.

Path to the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup final:
Semi final:
Kilkenny 1-23 Westmeath 1-16
Galway 2-19 Laois 0-11

Quarter final:
Galway 3-25 UCD 1-08
Kilkenny 0-13 NUIG Galway 0-12

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