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Kilkenny through after Wexford win

Kilkenny sent out a message that they are still a major force as they cruised into the Leinster SHC final with a 1-26 to 1-15 win over Wexford at Wexford Park.

The Cats were never troubled by a spirited Wexford side as they romped to an 11-points win.

Henry Shefflin made a welcome return to championship action, hitting nine points, all but one of them from placed balls.

Brian Cody's men will take a close look at next weekend's semi-final between Dublin and Galway, the winners of which will be their opponents in the decider

Richie Hogan blasted in a Kilkenny goal on eight minutes but they saw an eight points lead trimmed back to five when Jim Berry netted a stoppage-time free.

The Cats led by 1-14 to 1-9 at the interval and used their experience to hold off the Model challenge, sealing the win with scores from Michael Rice, TJ Reid, Richie Power and Shefflin.

The Wexford footballers enjoyed better fortunes as they produced a sensational attacking display to score a resounding 1-24 to 0-15 Leinster SFC quarter-final victory over Westmeath.

Redmond Barry hit a Wexford goal after just 23 seconds, and Ciaran Lyng fired over seven points to help them to a 1-12 to 0-9 interval lead, with Dessie Dolan hitting four for Westmeath.

Lyng finished with 10 points, seven of them from play - with Ben Brosnan contributing seven - as Jason Ryan's men marched on.

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