Lancashire 0-09, Kilkenny 1-05
By Patrick Keane.
Reigning British champions Lancashire had to overcome their toughest challenge to date to beat Kilkenny at the Pairc na hEireann in Birmingham on Sunday in an enthralling encounter.
Winning by a single point, Lancashire had to fight back strong against a well-equipped and well capable Kilkenny side. With just three minutes remaining it took a well dispatched Greg Jacob point to score to see Lancashire to victory.
Despite Kilkenny dominating the vast majority of the first half, it was actually Lancashire who started the game faster, moving the ball at will from back to front. Tremendous blocking was the first port of call for Kilkenny, whose back line was a very busy unit in the opening exchanges.
The usually reliable Dessie O’Malley wasn’t having the best of games, with the Lancashire forward firing numerous shots wide of the intended target. His strike partner Ross Nolan was also struggling to find his shooting boots with his countless strikes also going wayward.
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