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Kilkenny beat Galway – Debut for Matthew Keating 06-03-2016

Turloughmore’s Daithi Burke made his first appearance of the NHL when starting at full back on Sunday against Kilkenny, while Fergal Moore played at corner back. Matthew Keating came on in the second half to make his first appearance for Galway in a senior jersey.

TJ Reid was scorer in chief at Nowlan Park as Kilkenny defeated Galway by 0-21 to 1-14 in this repeat of September’s All-Ireland final. The hosts controlled the match for the most part but had to move up a gear when the westerners battled back from eight points down after 46 minutes (0-16 to 0-8) to within the minimum by the 58th minute (0-17 to 1-13). But Brian Cody’s men landed four of the last five points through Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan and Reid (2) to claim their second successive win.

The game appeared to be well and truly out of the Tribesmen’s reach by the 40th minute after a couple of Reid points propelled the All-Ireland champions into a commanding 0-15 to 0-6 advantage. But Galway fought to the end. Galway meet Tipperary next Sunday in Pearse Stadium in Round 4 of the League.

Kilkenny - R Reid; S Prendergast, J Holden, J Tyrrell; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Buckley; L Ryan, C Fogarty (0-2); C Fennelly (0-1), TJ Reid (0-14, 7f, 3'65), J Maher (0-2); W Walsh, K Kelly, R Hogan (0-2). Sub: JJ Farrell for K Kelly.

Galway - J Skehill; G McInerney, Daithi Burke; F Moore, A Harte, David Burke, P Hoban (1-0); A Smith, D Glennon (0-2); N Burke, I Tannian (0-2), C Whelan; C Mannion, J Canning (0-8, 3f), J Flynn (0-1). Subs: E Burke for C Mannion, M Keating for A Smith, P Brehony (0-1) for C Whelan, S Maloney for I Tannian, R Cummins for J Flynn.

Referee - B Kelly.

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