Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17
Brian Cody’s Kilkenny still remain in the All-Ireland Championship after a three point win over Limerick on Saturday evening at Nowlan Park. Kilkenny started the game brightly with TJ Reid and Paddy Deegan getting the first two scores to give them a 0-02 to 0-00 lead after two minutes. Shane Dowling pointed for Limerick, but Reid tapped over a free. Kyle Hayes then responded for Limerick. Kilkenny should have had a goal on 10 minutes when Chris Bolger stormed through, however, he opted to spoon the ball over the bar instead of heading for goal. Gearoid Hegarty and Dowling got nice points to bring the sides level 0-04 each after 22 minutes. Michael Fennelly then had a goal chance but it was saved from close range by Quaid in the Limerick goal. Walter Walsh who was quite in the opening half an hour then came to prominence and hit three fantastic scores from play. However, Kilkenny weren’t out of sight and they only went in at the break 0-10 to 0-08 ahead.
The second half began with Limerick coming more into the game, they outscored Kilkenny 0-04 to 0-02 in the opening 10 minutes and the sides were now level. Kilkenny did take control once again though as TJ Reid added two points, with second half substitute Kevin Kelly also notching up a point. Chris Bolger was getting in behind the Limerick defence far too easy and he another goal chance saved by Quaid in the Limerick goal with 14 minutes to play. Kilkenny kept adding points though as Lester Ryan, Walter Walsh and Kevin Kelly all pointed to put Kilkenny six ahead with 7 minutes to go, 0-18 to 0-13. Shane Dowling pointed once more, before u21 star Barry Nash pointed along with Pat Ryan. The gap was down to two now and Limerick looked like they were going to force extra time. However, TJ Reid and Lester Ryan registered points either side of a Shane Dowling free to give them a deserved three point victory in the end.
Player of the Match: Walter Walsh