Preview & live scores: Kilkenny v Waterford

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Updated: August 7, 2011

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Kilkenny 2-19 v 1-16 Waterford

70 min played

Commentary:

70+1 min It’s all over! Kilkenny are in the All-Ireland final after a 2-19 to 1-16 victory over Waterford. The Deise battled gamely, but Kilkenny showed their class and kept Waterford at arms length all day.
70 min Just one minute of added time to be played.
68 min John Mullane scores again. 1-6 for the Waterford man. Great performance.
67 min Eddie Brennan scores for Kilkenny. Seven point lead for Kilkenny now. The Cats have stepped taken control of the match since Waterford reduced the deficit to five points.
67 min A couple of wides for Kilkenny.
65 min Paddy Hogan scores a great point for Kilkenny. Badly needed score for Kilkenny.
63 min Maurice Shanahan scores a great point for Waterford.
62 min Another score from John Mullane. Only six points in it with eight minutes to play.
62 min John Mullane scores a good point. 1-4 for the Deise forward.
61 min Richie Foley scores from a free for Waterford.
59 min Henry Shefflin scores again. Kilkenny are having to work much less for their scores.
58 min Kevin Moran hits a bad wide for Waterford. Waterford could still be in the match if they had shown more composure in front of goal.
56 min Maurice Shanahan scores from a free for Waterford.
55 min Molumphy scores a point for Waterford, but the Deise captain could have slipped the sliotar through for a goal chance.
55 min Some beautiful interplay from the Kilkenny forwards leads to a Colin Fennelly point.
52 min Eoin Kelly comes off. Both of Waterford’s free takers have now been taken off.
52 min Eoin Kelly scores from a free.
51 min Larkin scores his second point of the day.
49 min Shane Walsh shoots wide for Waterford.
45 min Henry Shefflin drifts out to midfield and sends a shot over the bar. Nine point lead for Kilkenny.
45 min Michael Fennelly makes it an eight point game.
44 min John Mullane scores a good point for Waterford.
43 min Fifth point of the day for Shefflin.
42 min Eoin Kelly shoots wide from an acute angle. Ambitious shot from Kelly.
39 min Eoin Kelly shoots wide. Five wides for the Deise now.
37 min A wide apiece within 30 seconds.
36 min Henry Shefflin scores his fourth point of the day.
36 min The second half is underway at Croke Park.

Half-Time Great first half at Croke Park. Waterford have played well, but a late Richie Hogan goal has given Kilkenny a 2-10 to 1-7 lead at the interval.

35+3 min Half-time
35+3 min Eoin Kelly hits Waterford’s third wide of the first half.
35+2 min Henry Shefflin scores from a free to give Kilkenny a six point lead just before half-time.
34 min Goal for Kilkenny! Richie Hogan applies the finish to score his second goal of the day. Disappointing for Waterford who have had a good first half.
33 min John Mullan gets into a dangerous position but his shot is saved by Herity.
31 min Eoin Kelly scores his second point of the match.
29 min Brilliant score from John Mullane from a very tight angle.
28 min Colin Fennelly scores a good point for Kilkenny.
25 min Goal for Waterford! Great finish from John Mullane. Badly needed score for Waterford.
25 min TJ Reid’s sideline cut goes wide.
23 min TJ Reid scores a great point after some great interplay between the Kilkenny forwards.
22 min Eoin Larkin scores his first point of the match for Kilkenny.
21 min Michael Fennelly scores a good point for Kilkenny.
18 min Pauric Mahony mishits a free from a difficult angle and the sliotar drifts wide.
17 min Henry Shefflin wins a free dispatches his second point of the afternoon.
16 min Pauric Mahony scores from a free to make it a two point game.
15 min Brian Hogan makes a great run from the Kilkenny half-back line and scores a good point for Kilkenny.
14 min Fennelly hits a wide for Kilkenny.
13 min Seamus Predergast scores a good point for Waterford.
12 min Pauric Mahony scores from a free. Great response by Waterford to the early Kilkenny goal.
12 min Yellow card for TJ Reid.
11 min Missed opportunity for Waterford as a shot drops short.
10 min TJ Reid hits a wide for Kilkenny.
10 min John Mullane scores a good point for Waterford.
9 min Michael Rice scores his first point of the day for Kilkenny.
8 min Eoin Kelly scores from a free to get Waterford off the mark.
7 min Henry Shefflin scores from a free.
4 min Kilkenny score their opening point of the game through Michael Fennelly.
3 min Goal for Kilkenny! Disappointing start for Waterford. Richie Hogan runs through the Waterford defence and smashes the sliotar past Clinton Hennessey in the Waterford goal. Great finish from the Kilkenny forward.
2 min Michael Rice shoots wide for Kilkenny. Good defending from Waterford to force the quick shot.
2 min Pauric Mahony hits a free from his own half but the shot drifts wide.
1 min We’re underway at Croke Park and Henry Shefflin immediately launches a shot at goal, but the sliotar drop just short.
0 min The start of the game has been delayed as the minor match has gone into extra-time. New kick-off time is 345.

Team News:

Kilkenny: D Herity; P Murphy, N Hickey, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, JJ Delaney; M Fennelly, M Rice; TJ Reid, R Power, E Larkin; C Fennelly, H Shefflin, R Hogan

Waterford: C Hennessy; D Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, D O’Sullivan; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; S Prendergast, S Molumphy, P Mahony; J Mullane, S Walsh, E Kelly

Preview:

Kilkenny and Waterford will face off at Croke Park on Sunday in the first All-Ireland hurling semi final. Brian Cody’s side are overwhelming favourites to beat the Deise and progress to their sixth consecutive All-Ireland final.

Kilkenny have powered into the All-Ireland semi-finals. After being reduced to 14 in the league final, Kilkenny were outplayed and succumbed to a disappointing 0-22 to 1-7 defeat to Dublin.

The league had been a relatively successful venture for Kilkenny up until the final. Kilkenny topped Division 1, winning five, drawing one and losing one. Waterford also enjoyed a good league campaign, finishing third and only losing to Kilkenny and Tipperary.

The Cats began their league campaign by beating the reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary by seven points.

The only negatives for Kilkenny were their performances against their Leinster rivals Galway and Dublin. Galway racked up a credible 4-14 to 3-13 victory over the Cats, while Kilkenny lost the final to Dublin and easily could have lost to the Metropolitans in their other league encounter.

Cody’s charges showed few signs of a hangover once the All-Ireland championship began, however. Kilkenny beat Wexford by 1-26 to 1-15 in the Leinster semi final, with Henry Shefflin being the Cats’ top scorer with nine points.

Kilkenny then exacted revenge on Dublin for their league final defeat with a comfortable 4-17 to 1-15 victory to claim their 68th Leinster championship. Henry Shefflin was again in prolific form, scoring seven frees and 1-9 in total. Michael Rice and Eoin Larkin also scored 1-2 apiece for Kilkenny.

Waterford started their Munster campaign with a hard-fought 3-15 to 3-14 victory over an impressive Limerick side. John Mullane finished with 2-2 and scored a last gasp goal to win the match for the Deise. Pauric Mahony was also impressive for Waterford, scoring seven points.

Waterford endured a disappointing end to their Munster campaign, however. Lar Corbett scored 4-4 and Eoin Kelly scored 2-2 for Tipperary as the All-Ireland champions racked up a sensational 7-19 to 0-19 victory over the Deise. Waterford’s defence had no answer for Tipperary’s movement and accurate shooting. Pauric Mahony was the only bright spot for Waterford in the Munster final. The young Deise man scored from 12 frees and amassed 13 points in total.

Kilkenny’s All-Ireland pedigree in recent years has been remarkable and Waterford will find it difficult to derail the Cats.

Kilkenny have appeared in 11 of the last 13 All-Ireland finals and have won seven since 2000. Waterford, despite ending their Munster hoodoo, have only made it to one All-Ireland in that time and were trounced by 3-30 to 1-13 by Kilkenny, who produced one of the great hurling performances.

In total, Kilkenny have produced 32 All-Ireland winning teams, while Waterford can only boast titles from 1948 and 1959.

Waterford have also endured a miserable record against Kilkenny in Championship matches. Kilkenny have won six and drawn one of their eight encounters, while Waterford’s sole victory came in the 1959 All-Ireland final replay.

Team news:

Both managers’ have resisted the urge to make changes and keep faith with the same fifteen, although Davy Fitzgerald have shuffled his pack slightly with Kevin Moran now partnering Shane Sullivan in the middle of the park. Meanwhile, Brian Coady also tampers somewhat with his side as Noel Hickey takes over at full back and JJ Delaney moving to no 7. Paul Murphy drops back to corner back.

Kilkenny: D Herity; P Murphy, N Hickey, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, JJ Delaney; M Fennelly, M Rice; TJ Reid, R Power, E Larkin; C Fennelly, H Shefflin, R Hogan.

Waterford: C Hennessy; D Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, D O’Sullivan; K Moran, S Sullivan; S Prendergast, S Molumphy, P Mahony; J Mullane, S Walsh, E Kelly.

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