All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay – Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17

Kilkenny defeated Waterford by 2-19 to 2-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay on Saturday August 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

All Ireland SHC Semi-Final replay

Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17

By Ciaran Gallagher at Semple Stadium for

Champions Kilkenny remain on course for a three-in-a-row bid after claiming a narrow two-point All-Ireland semi-final replay win over Waterford in Semple Stadium.

Derek McGrath’s Waterford came inches away from sending the game to extra-time when a Pauric Mahony free fell into the hands of Kilkenny keeper Eoin Murphy in injury-time. But Waterford hearts were broken once again as Richie Hogan fired over an insurance point moments later before referee James McGrath blew the final whistle on a dramatic Thurles tie.

The game had started in a frantic fashion with both sides finding the net twice within the opening 20 minutes. Colin Fennelly raised two green flags inside 10 minutes for the Cats, with those scores bookended by goals from Waterford’s Austin Gleeson and Jake Dillon. Kilkenny led by three at half-time and retained their lead all the way through the second half, despite going 18 minutes without a score at one stage.

Waterford found themselves just one point down after 73 minutes after inspirational sub Maurice Shanahan nailed a score. And it looked as though the game could well finish level and head to extra-time. But just like last week when Walter Walsh and Conor Fogarty came to the rescue, Kilkenny found a way to survive – and this time claim victory.

Cody’s late call to start Liam Blanchfield instead of John Power made an immediate impact as he opened after just a minute. But Waterford soon hit back with Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh’s handpass putting Gleeson through to fire to the bottom right-hand corner of Eoin Murphy’s net after less than five minutes.

Gleeson fired over a quick point straight afterwards, but the Cats were quick to strike back. Colin Fennelly and Walter Walsh combined for both of Kilkenny’s goal, the first coming after seven minutes with Fennelly firing to the bottom left-hand corner of the Waterford goal. Walsh set up Fennelly again three minutes later to finish to the opposite corner past Stephen O’Keeffe.

The Déise goal was nearly breached for a third time after 23 minutes following a slaloming solo run from TJ Reid but O’Keeffe did well to deny the Ballyhale Shamrocks flyer. At this stage, with Kilkenny 2-2 to 1-2 up, it looked as though Kilkenny had absorbed Waterford’s early blows to steal all the momentum.

But Gleeson was a towering presence in the middle third, roving around the centre-forward position. Jamie Barron quickly followed that up before Waterford struck for their second goal in a fantastic team move just before the 20-minute mark. Kevin Moran played a through ball into the hands of Stephen Bennett, who quickly fed Jake Dillon to fire home.

Blanchfield continued to be a profitable introduction for Cody, hitting three first-half points, and a run of five points in seven minutes left them up at the break, 2-10 to 2-7, as Waterford had to rely on two Mahony points to keep them ticking over.

Shanahan and Gleeson dragged Waterford back into the game in the second half. Mahony’s frees kept them ticking over while Kilkenny misfired during their barren period. But just as it looked like they would drag the game into extra-time Mahony’s distance failed him as Murphy leapt to claim the sliotar. Hogan was on hand at the end of a next Cats move as Cody’s side booked their third All-Ireland final appearance on the bounce.

Scorers for Kilkenny: C Fennelly 2-1, TJ Reid 0-7 (6fs), R Hogan 0-4, L Blanchfield 0-3, P Walsh 0-2, E Larkin 0-1, W Walsh 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-9 (7fs), A Gleeson 1-2, J Dillon 1-0, Shane Bennett 0-2, J Barron 0-2, M Shanahan 0-2.

Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, M Bergin, C Buckley; C Fogarty, M Fennelly; W Walsh, TJ Reid, L Blanchfield; E Larkin, C Fennelly, R Hogan
Subs: L Ryan for M Fennelly (59), J Farrell for M Bergin (60), J Power for W Walsh (blood) (60-66), K Kelly for L Blanchfield (73).

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; T De Burca, A Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barrron, C Gleeson; K Moran, Shane Bennett, M Walsh; Pauric Mahony, J Dillon, Stephen Bennett
Subs: M Shanahan for Stephen Bennett (47), P Curran for Shane Bennett (54), T Devine for J Dillon (60).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Kilkenny this Saturday in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final Replay has being named as below.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Conners (Passage)
5. Tadgh de Burca (Clashmore Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
17. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
20. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy, Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Shane Prendergast (cpt),Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley, Conor Fogarty, Michael Fennelly, Walter Walsh, TJ Reid, John Power, Jonjo Farrell, Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan.
Substisutes: Richie Reid, Jackie Tyrrell, Robert Lennon, Conor O’Shea, Lester Ryan, Eoin Larkin, Conor Martin, Kevin Kelly, Mark Bergin, Liam Blanchfield, Michael Malone.

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They meet in a championship replay for the first time since 1959 when Waterford won the All-Ireland final by 3-12 to 1-10 in what remains their sole championship win over Kilkenny. The sides finished level in the 2013 qualifiers, before Kilkenny won in extra-time.
It’s the first All-Ireland semi-final replay since 2003 when Cork beat Wexford by 3-17 to 2-7 in Croke Park.

Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)
Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (All-Ireland semi-final)

TJ Reid 0-31 (0-24 frees, 0-3 ’65)
JJ Farrell 2-9
Richie Hogan 0-9
Walter Walsh 1-5
Conor Fogarty 0-6
Michael Fennelly 0-4
Cillian Buckley 0-2
Colin Fennelly 0-2
Padraig Walsh 0-1
Lester Ryan 0-1
John Power 0-1
Eoin Larkin 0-1
Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)
Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Waterford 0-24 Kilkenny 1-21 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Pauric Mahony 0-34 (0-24 frees, 0-1 ‘65)
Austin Gleeson 0-15 (0-3 l/b)
Maurice Shanahan 1-5
Patrick Curran 0-6 (0-3 frees)
Kevin Moran 0-4
Shane Bennett 0-3
Jamie Barron 0-2
Jake Dillon 0-4
Brian O’Halloran 0-2
Michael Walsh 0-2
Philip Mahony 0-1
Darragh Fives 0-1

This will be the 13th championship meeting between Kilkenny and Waterford. Kilkenny won nine of the previous twelve to Waterford’s one while there were two draws. Waterford’s sole success came in the 1959 All-Ireland final replay.

2016: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2013: Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 after extra-time (Round 3 Qualifiers)
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2009: Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2008: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13 (All-Ireland final)
2004: Kilkenny 3-12 Waterford 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1998: Kilkenny 1-11 Waterford 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1963: Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8 (All-Ireland final)
1959: Waterford 3-12 Kilkenny 1-10 (All-Ireland final replay)
1959: Waterford 1-17 Kilkenny 5-5 (All-Ireland final draw)
1957: Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12 (All-Ireland final)

2014 All-Ireland final: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14
2014 Leinster semi-final: Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17
2013 Leinster semi-final: Dublin 1-16 Kilkenny 0-16
2012 All-Ireland final: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11
2004 All-Ireland quarter-final: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9

2014 Munster quarter-final: Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14
2010 Munster final: Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (aet)
2009 Munster semi-final: Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17
2007 All-Ireland quarter-final: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20
2003 Munster semi-final: Waterford 1-12 Limerick 0-13