Kilkenny 4-11, Lancashire 1-12 By Damien O’Grady.
Lancashire’s aim for a fifth All Britain in a row was brought to an abrupt halt at Old Bedians on Saturday evening against a Kilkenny side who led from the second minute until the final whistle in a fully deserved victory for the Noresiders.
The first half was all about one man, Kilkenny half forward Paul O’Flynn who caused numerous problems for the Lancashire defence and he had 2-3 to his name by the time referee Mark McLaughlin blew for half time.
The Dicksboro man opened the scoring inside the second minute as the visitors made the best possible start to the game when a diagonal ball from midfielder James Culleton broke inside for O’Flynn who showed great composure to slot the ball past Lancashire keeper Donnica Murphy.
With the home side’s defence all at sea, Kilkenny could have had a second goal when full forward Paul Donnelly turned excellently and rattled the crossbar to the relief of Lancashire players, mentors and supporters.
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