Mike Dwyer, Wexford, and Cillian Buckley, Kilkenny, in Walsh Cup action.
Mike Dwyer, Wexford, and Cillian Buckley, Kilkenny, in Walsh Cup action.

Round-up: Saturday's Walsh Cup action

Walsh Cup

Wexford 2-25 Kilkenny 2-25

Galway 1-23 Antrim 1-17

Wexford advanced to the final of the Walsh Cup following a dramatic draw with Kilkenny.

An entertaining encounter unfolded at Chadwicks Wexford Park with Darragh Egan's outfit progressing to the decider due to a superior scoring difference.

With Walter Walsh making a significant impact Kilkenny, who trailed by 2-19 to 1-15 with 16 minutes remaining, responded in determined fashion.

Kilkenny went on a brilliant burst to go two points ahead, but Wexford replied with scores from Conal Flood and Paul Morris.

Cian Byrne steered the Cats ahead once more as a thriller continued, but a gorgeous Conor McDonald effort restored parity.

In the first half Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning netted a penalty which helped Egan's team into a 1-16 to 0-12 lead.

Chris Bolger grabbed a Kilkenny goal to reduce the deficit, but Cathal Dunbar's major ensured Weford led by seven again.

Kilkenny's Padraig Walsh rifled a goal in the closing stages and then Brian Cody's side hit the front. Wexford, though, did enough to secure a place in next weekend's decider.

In Darver Galway edged out Antrim 1-23 to 1-17 following a hard fought contest.

Antrim battled admirably throughout and only trailed by 0-13 to 0-10 against Henry Shefflin's outfit.

Following last Sunday's disappointing loss to Dublin, Shefflin named a more experienced Galway team for this tussle.

In a lively match Antrim hurled smartly, but Galway just had enough to guile to stay ahead.

A 43rd minute goal from John Fleming steered Galway 1-14 to 0-12 ahead, but Antrim ploughed on defiantly.

Michael Bradley pounced for an opportunistic goal, but Galway, with Thomas Monaghan prominent, survived a tricky test.