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Wexford 14 Kilkenny 7

Kilkenny showed how much they have improved as a team when losing by a single score to a strong Wexford team who had scored over 50 points against them in an early season league match. On Wexford’s home ground Kilkenny weathered the blow of conceding two scores in the opening twenty minutes to dominate much of the remainder of this South East League Under 15 semi-final but only managed one try for all their efforts.

Kilkenny’s normally high tempo game was unable to spring into life due to their pack, for once, failing to provide anything near the usual supply of decent ball from either scrum or line out.

Wexford’s excellent offloading game posed plenty of problems for the away side’s defence in which centres Kevin Mullen and, in particular, his partner David Jordan were outstanding.

From the start of the second half Kilkenny were applying almost constant pressure but a string of penalties against the attacking side let Wexford off the hook time and again. After 20 minutes Jordan and captain Matthew McWey drove the ball to the half way line from where out half Jake McDonald chipped ahead. Jordan and pacy left winger Conor Delaney chased aggressively and forced the defender to knock on the ball. From the resulting scrum McWey and David Jordan again knifed through the defence before feeding to second row Tom Cuddihy and he powered over for the try.

As the evening gloom descended and the floodlights remained off – they’re very thrifty down Wexford way – Kilkenny kept probing for that elusive score but a very well drilled Wexford team held out for the win.

While disappointed with the result, there were plenty of positives for Kilkenny to take into their Leinster Final in Dublin on Monday 2 nd of May.

SQUAD: Shawn Fitzgerald, Ben Devlin, Mark Carrigan, Shane O’Carroll, Tom Cuddihy, Noel Whelan, Aiden McDonald, Matthew McWey, Ian Buckley, Jake McDonald, David Jordan, Kevin Mullen, Luke Rafter, Conor Delaney, Peter Hutchinson, Gareth Graham, Jim Moore, John Hanrick, Luke Hassan, Daniel Rafter, Michael Ryan, Lyndon Brannigan

Niall McDermott, 20th April, 2011