Kildare retained their U.21 ‘A’ Leinster hurling title at Aughrim last evening (Wednesday 24 July) with a comprehensive nine point win over Wicklow on a score line of Kildare 1-20 Wicklow 1-11.
Kildare took control of this one from the throw in with Evan Dempsey getting on the end of a Gerry Keegan effort to tap the sliothar into the Wicklow after some 17 seconds.
A stunned Wicklow conceded four more points, before finally opening their account after seven.
The home side got themselves back into the game when danger man, Mikey Lee converted a 22m free to make it 1-4 to 11 after 22 minutes but Kildare regained the initiative and led at the break 1-10 to 1-6.
Team captain, Mark Delaney was in top from at no. 13 hitting eight points in that opening half and he went on to add another four to make it a dozen points in total, ten from placed balls.
On the resumption Kildare quickly added three points inside four minutes before Wicklow hit back with two of their own but two more white flags from Evan Dempsey and centre back Declan Flaherty left seven separating them after 40 minutes.
Kildare continued to dominate the remainder of the game and eventually ran out comfortable winners by 1-10 to 1-11.
Scorers: Kildare, Mark Delaney 0-12 (10 frees), Evan Dempsey 1-1, Gerry Keegan 0-4, Fergal Conway 0-1, Eoin Doody 0-1, Declan Flaherty 0-1.
Wicklow, Mikey Lee 1-8 (1.6 frees), John Doyle 0-1, Gavin Weir 0-1, John Manley 0-1.
Kildare: Paddy McKenna (Clane); Shane O’Flynn (Celbridge), Cian Farrell (Coill Dubh), Conor Gordon (Coill Dubh); Kevin Murphy (Celbridge), Declan Flaherty (Coill Dubh), Kevin Connor (Éire Óg CC); Paul Kennedy (Éire Óg CC), Jonathan Byrne (Coill Dubh); Eoin Doody (Celbridge), Fergal Conway (Celbridge), Niall Kenny (Celbridge); Mark Delaney, cpt., (Coill Dubh), Gerry Keegan (Celbridge), Evan Dempsey (Éire Óg CC). Subs: Paul Clifford (Éire Óg CC) for Eoin Doody (57 minutes); Declan Keane for Declan Flaherty (60 minute).
Wicklow: Dan O’Neill; Adrian Myers, Dan Nolan, Warren Kavanagh; Luke Moloney, Martin O’Brien, Andrew Conway; Aaron Nugent, Wayne Kinsella; John Manley, John Doyle, Gavin Weir; Mikey Lee, Alan Conyard,Danny Staunton. Subs: Nicky Sweeney for Alan Conyard (half time); Jamie Byrne for Danny Staunton (41 minute); Eoin Keddy for Gavin Weir (58 minute); Jim Doyle for Martin O’Brien (59 minute).
Referee: Justin Heffernan,Wexford.