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Waterford 1-15 -v- 2-21 Kilkenny
Full time The game ends with Kilkenny deserved winners. The first half was close and competitive but the second half was a totally different story as Kilkenny completely blitzed Waterford from the 36th minute. Quick points and a goal early in the second half killed the challenge and limited Waterford to just six points. Waterford tried to get a consolation goal in the last 10 minutes but the Kilkenny defence stood strong and won by an impressive nine points.
70min Maurice Shanahan nearly ends the game with another goal but Kilkenny’s defence stands strong and the referee ends the game.
67min Martin O’Neill nearly scores a goal but the Kilkenny defence puts the ball out for a 65.
65min Waterford pull another point back. 2-21 to 1-15 to Kilkenny.
61min Kilkenny score again through substitute John Mulhall and O’Neill hits straight back with another point. 2-21 to 1-14 to Kilkenny.
59min TJ Reid scores from a free for Kilkenny.
58min Waterford finally score again through a free taken by O’Neill.
57min Hogan hits wide and Waterford haven’t scored since the 46th minute.
55min Eoin Larkin scores a point for Kilkenny. They’ve pulled too far ahead now for Waterford to try and get back into it.
52min Richie Power adds another point to Kilkenny’s emphatic lead. 2-18 to 1-12.
51min Ruth scores a brilliant point, 2-17 to 1-12 to Kilkenny.
50min Eoin Larkin hits the crossbar and Hogan can’t make anything of the rebound. Big let-off for Waterford. Shane O’Sullivan comes off for Seamus Prendergast for Waterford.
49min Richie Hogan scores again for Kilkenny.
48min Martin O’Neill gets another as Waterford cling on to the game, 6 points down.
47min Michael Fennelly cancels out O’Neills point with a score for Kilkenny.
46min Martin O’Neill pulls a point back for Waterford. 2-14 to 1-11 to Kilkenny.
44min Goal to Kilkenny! Matt ruth gets his second of the game after a great build up by the away side. TJ Reid feeds Ruth and he blasts the ball past O’Regan. 2-14 to 1-10 to Kilkenny.
42min Richie Hogan scores his second point and puts Kilkenny’s cushion back to four points.
41min Waterford hit another wide through Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh. They get the point eventually however through their goal scorer Maurice Shanahan. He has 1-3 in this game now.
40min Richie Power scores another point for Kilkenny as they pull four points clear of Waterford.
39min Waterford waste a chance from Martin O’Neill’s free.
38min Richie Hogan puts Kilkenny three ahead with his first point of the game. 1-12 to 1-09 to Kilkenny.
36min Back underway and Richie Power nearly makes an immediate impact from the break with an effort on goal but his strike goes wide. The forward gets another chance and doesn’t miss this one, good opening score by Kilkenny.
Half time It’s half time at Walsh Park and Kilkenny head into the break one point ahead at 1-10 to 1-09. The visitors started brightly but Maurice Shanahan’s goal pulled Waterford back into it and allowed them to take the lead. Kilkenny hit back through Matthew Ruth’s goal and only a Richie Power point separates the sides.
35min+2 Richie Power scores from a free and Tommy Walsh wins a free for Kilkenny. Good defending by Kilkenny as the referee blows for half time.
32min Shanahan pulls the score level with a brilliant point for Waterford. All square at Walsh Park, 1-9 to 1-9.
31min Martin O’Neill pulls a point back for Waterford from a free.
29min Richie Power scores from a free. Good comeback by Kilkenny 1-9 to 1-7 to Kilkenny.
27min Goal to Kilkenny! Matthew Ruth shoots and beats O’Regan in the Waterford goal. 1-7 to 1-8 to Kilkenny.
26min Gavin O’Brien scores his second point for Waterford. 1-7 to 0-8 to Waterford.
25min TJ Reid misses a chance for Kilkenny.
23min Waterford score through Tony Browne again and the home team take the lead. 1-6 to 0-8.
22min Seamus Prendergast scores from a tight angle. Good point for Waterford.
20min Richie Power scores another point from a free for Kilkenny. Tony Browne responds with a brilliant point from long range.
16min Goal to Waterford! Maurice Shanahan scores it and gives Murphy no chance. Kilkenny hit straight back with a point from TJ Reid. 0-7 to 1-3.
15min Kilkenny score a point and Fennelly follows it up with another. Two quick fire scores for the away side. 0-6 to 0-3 to Kilkenny.
14min Paddy O’Mahony responds for Waterford with a point from a free.
13min Free to Kilkenny as Richie Power is fouled. Power scores from the free. 0-4 to 0-2 to Kilkenny.
10min Larkin scores a point for Kilkenny but Gavin O’Brien hits straight back to pull the scores back to one point difference. 0-3 to 0-2 to Kilkenny.
9min Waterford are trying to play short passes but it’s not working well for them. Waterford have just scored their first point of the game.
8min Richie Power has a shot sail just to the right of goal for the first wide of the game.
7min Kevin Moran is receiving treatment for a blood wound and Jamie Nagle takes his place.
6min Michael Fennelly doubles Kilkenny’s lead with a well taken point.
4min Free in to Kilkenny after a run from Eoin Larkin is stopped and Richie Power puts the first point on the score board from the free.
2min Michael Fennelly gives away a free and picks up a yellow card.
1 min The game is underway at Walsh Park and Waterford are the first team to have a shot at goal that drifts harmlessly into the hands of Kilkenny ‘keeper Eoin Murphy.
Waterford go into their first home game of the League hoping to perform better than their first outing, an eight point stuffing at the hands of Cork.
The Déise were comprehensively outplayed by a Rebel’s side welcoming icons back on the pitch (Seán Óg Ó hAilpín) and sideline (manager Jimmy Barry Murphy) eventually going going 3-17 to 0-18.
Kilkenny start their campaign with an impressive eight point win over Tipperary at Nowlan Park. Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has that Kilkenny are ”in it to win it” with regard to the league and they didn’t want to face Championship action without having had a competitive game for six weeks (which would be the case should Kilkenny fail to reach the play-offs).
If Waterford fail to overturn Kilkenny, then the neighbours will have very different prospects for the remainder of the league campaign. Waterford will be desperate to stay in hurling’s top flight so a humdinger of a tussle is on the cards, though the smart money must be on the 33 time All-Ireland Champions.
Kilkenny will be without Henry Shefflin; sidelined since last year’s All-Ireland win and is expected not to return until the start of the Championship as he still recovering from shoulder surgery. Aside from that; the Cats appear to have a clean bill of health and are set to start with a strong starting XI.
For the home side; Shane O’Sullivan and Aidan Kearney look set to return after missing the Cork tie with flu. Noel Connors is a doubt with a tight hamstring whilst Maurice Shanahan is expected to return.
Shane Walsh faces a late fitness test having substituted at half-time on Leeside. Wayne Hutchinson and Richie Foley will be out injured for at least another six weeks.
Which such a spate of injuries and absentees, expect the Déise to remain pointless and the Black Cats juggernaut to remain unbowed.
Waterford team – 1. I O’Regan; 2. D Fives, 3. L Lawlor, 4 P Mahony; 5. T Browne, 6. K Moran, 7. D Prendergast; 8. S Molumphy, 9. P O’Brien; 10. S Prendergast, 11. M Walsh (captain), 12. P Mahony; 13. M O’Neill, 14. S Walsh, 15. G O’Brien.
Kilkenny team – 1. Eoin Murphy, 2. Paul Murphy, 3. J.J. Delaney, 4. Jackie Tyrrell, 5. Tommy Walsh, 6. Paddy Hogan, 7. Conor Fogarty, 8. Michael Fennelly, 9. Richie Doyle, 10. T.J. Reid, 11. Richie Power, 12. Eoin Larkin (Capt.), 13. Colin Fennelly, 14. Richie Hogan, 15. Matthew Ruth