All-Ireland champions Kilkenny proved much superior to Galway when the sides met in a re-arranged National Hurling League Division One contest at Pearse Stadium, Salthill winning by 1-20 to 0-12.
Impressive Kilkenny played against the wind and led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the interval. Five of the six Noreside forwards scored in the first half while Ger Farragher got all but one of his team's points before the break.
Kilkenny soon led by double scores as Hurler of the Year Eoin Larkin became the sixth of their forwards to score — 1-11 to 0-7. It was 1-15 to 0-8 after 62 minutes with another flurry of scores from the champions replied to only by a Richie Murray minor for the beaten hosts. Midfielder John Tennyson and Michael Rice had three points each in the second half as the Cats eased to a comprehensive win.
In Division 3A, the match between rejuvenated Armagh and Wicklow was postponed until next week-end.
In 3B, Fingal beat Tyrone by 2-14 to 2-10 in Dungannon and Donegal slotted over a flurry of points to beat Longford by 1-19 to 3-11 at Letterkenny.
In Division 4, Fermanagh beat Cavan by 2-12 to 1-13 in a local affair at Ballyconnell where the home team put up a gutsy performance while Sligo, with their attack functioning on all cylinders, proved far too strong for inept Monaghan at Markievicz Park where they won in a canter by 2-13 to 0-5.