Saturday, November 28, 2020

The big day has arrived. Waterford v Kilkenny in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final from Corke Park……..

The Waterford players arriving at Croke Park for this evening’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with neighbours, Kilkenny. Photo: INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Both teams are set to line out as selected, here are the starting teams………..

And we’re underway in Croke Park….let’s do this….Up the Déise………….

FIVE MINUTES: WATERFORD 0-0 KILKIENNY 0-3: A fast start by the Cats, two TJ Reid frees and a point from play by Martin Keoghan

12 MINUTES: WATERFORD 0-3 KILKIENNY 1-4: Calum Lyons opens Waterford’s account and Jack Prendergast makes it two. But Cats hit back with a Richie Hogan point and a goal from Martin Keoghan. Stephen Bennett free for Waterford.

16 MINUTES: WATERFORD 0-3 KILKIENNY 1-5: Another TJ Reid extends Kilkenny’s advantage to five

FIRST WATER BREAK……Kilkenny well on top and on in front by five. Five Kilkenny wides to Waterford’s four…..

CHANGE FOR WATERFORD: Neil Montgomery for Jake Dillon

20 MINUTES: WATERFORD 0-4 KILKIENNY 1-5: A second point of the game by Ballyduff Lower’s Calum Lyons

25 MINUTES: WATERFORD 0-5 KILKIENNY 2-7: Stephen Bennett free. A TJ Reid goal from play and a point from a free and one from play by Eoin Cody

30 MINUTES: WATERFORD 0-7 KILKIENNY 2-9: A Stephen Bennett free and a lovely point from play by Dessie Hutchinson. Two TJ Reid frees for the Cats.

HALF-TIME: WATERFORD 0-10 KILKIENNY 2-11: Kilkenny lead by seven at the break. The last three points of the opening half for the Déise were provided by Stephen Bennett. A beauty of a solo effort from play and two frees. The Cats hit back with a point from play by John Donnelly and one from a free by TJ Reid.

Three first-half yellow cards. Neil Montgomery for Waterford and Conor Browne and Paddy Deegan for Kilkenny.

TJ Bennett with 1-7 for Kilkenny. Stephen Bennett leads the scoring for Waterford with six points.

SECOND-HALF

44 MINUTES: WATERFORD 1-14 KILKIENNY 2-14: A great start to the second-half for Waterford and especially Stephen Bennett who has helped himself to 1-3 (one free) and a point from Austin Gleeson. Eoin Cody, TJ Reid and Cillian Buckley for Kilkenny.

51 MINUTES: WATERFORD 1-18 KILKIENNY 2-15: A Richie Hogan point for the Cats but Waterford points for Jack Prendergast, Shane McNulty, Jamie Barron and Austin Gleeson….Level game.

SECOND WATER BREAK: WATERFORD 1-21 KILKIENNY 2-15: Three in a row inside 90 seconds for Waterford from Neil Montgomery (2) and one from Dessie Hutchinson

58 MINUTES: WATERFORD 1-22 KILKIENNY 2-17: A lovely Jack Fagan point for Waterford and a pointed free by TJ Reid

62 MINUTES: WATERFORD 2-22 KILKIENNY 2-18: A second Waterford goal comes for Darragh Lyons and a TJ Reid pointed free. Waterford by four with eight to go

69 MINUTES: WATERFORD 2-24 KILKIENNY 2-21…so close

IT’S ALL OVER…………WATERFORD ARE IN THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL…………

IT’S ALL OVER…………WATERFORD ARE IN THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL…………

UP THE DÉISE………….

WATERFORD 2-27 KILKENNY 2-23

What a second-half by the Déise……seven down at half-time and they win by four………

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