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Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 16 December, 2018


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Hello and welcome along to our coverage of some intriguing All-Ireland SHC qualifier ties coming up this evening. We’ll be providing regular updates throughout the games, so do stay with us.

And as always, get involved with the conversation by posting in the comment section below.

Here’s what we’ve got coming up:

All-Ireland SHC: 

  • Dublin v Laois, Parnell Park, 7pm
  • Kilkenny v Limerick, Nowlan Park, 7pm (Live on Sky Sports)

Some team news:


1. Conor Dooley

2. Cian O’Callaghan
3. Eoghan O’Donnell
4. Fionn O’Riain Broin

5. Sean Moran
6. Chris Crummey
7. Shane Barrett

8. Ben Quinn
9. Niall McMorrow

10. Donal Burke
11. Liam Rushe
12. Eamon Dillon

13. Cian O’Sullivan
14. Ryan O’Dwyer
15. David Treacy


1. Enda Rowland

2. Dwane Palmer
3. Leigh Bergin
4. Lee Cleere

5. Eric Killeen
6. Matthew Whelan
7. Ciaran Collier

8. Patrick Purcell
9. Jack Kelly

10. Ryan Mullaney
11. Cahir Healy
12. Sean Downey

13. Mark Kavanagh
14. Neil Foyle
15. Aaron Dunphy


1. Eoin Murphy

2. Paul Murphy
3. Padraig Walsh
4. Joey Holden

5. Conor Fogarty
6. Cillian Buckley
7. Joe Lyng

8. Michael Fennelly
9. Paddy Deegan

10. Chris Bolger
11. Walter Walsh
12. TJ Reid

13. Richie Hogan
14. Colin Fennelly
15. Ger Aylward


1. Nickie Quaid

2. Sean Finn
3. Richie McCarthy
4. Mike Casey

5. Dan Morrissey
6. Declan Hannon
7. Seamus Hickey

8. Paul Browne
9. Darragh O’Donovan

10. David Dempsey
11. Cian Lynch
12. Gearoid Hegarty

13. Peter Casey
14. Shane Dowling
15. Kyle Hayes

You can also get involved in the conversation by tweeting @Shin_Farrell

Not long to go now, who do you fancy to come through the qualifiers this evening? Post your predictions in the comment section below.

Kilkenny 0-00 0-00 Limerick

And we’re away in Nowlan Park.

Dublin 0-00 0-00 Laois

Things are underway in Parnell Park.

Kilkenny 0-02 0-00 Limerick

2 mins — Two quick early scores for Kilkenny.

Dublin 0-01 0-01 Laois 

1 min — Both sides open their account in the opening moments

Dublin 0-01 0-03 Laois

3 mins — Laois take an early lead.

Kilkenny 0-02 0-01 Limerick

5 mins — Shane Dowling gets the scoreboard moving for Limerick from a free.

Dublin 0-02 0-05 Laois

6 mins — Nice spread of scores in the early excanges

Kilkenny 0-02 0-01 Limerick

8 mins — Fine long-range effort from Shane Dowling, but his free trails wide

Kilkenny 0-03 0-02 Limerick 

9 mins– Kyle Hayes and TJ Reid trade scores

Kilkenny 0-04 0-02 Limerick

11 mins — Huge goal chance there for Kilkenny but Chris Bolger’s shot sails over.

Dublin 0-06 0-07 Laois

14 mins — Laois nudge back into the lead in Parnell Park

Plenty of action in the first 20 minutes at Nowlan Park. Kilkenny lead by one point.

Paddy Deegan tackles Shane Dowling Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Kilkenny 0-04 0-03 Limerick

19 mins — Limerick have missed eight chances so far

Just two points separate the sides in Parnell Park.

Kilkenny 0-04 0-04 Limerick

22 mins — Walter Walsh receives a yellow card for a heavy challenge on Seamus Hickey. Shane Dowling levels proceedings with a free

Kilkenny 0-05 0-05 Limerick

23 mins — TJ Reid converts a ’65 after another goal chance goes unclaimed. But Peter Casey sweeps over a lovely strike to keep Limerick with the hosts.

Dublin 0-09 0-09 Laois

24 mins — It’s a very tight contest in the capital.

Kilkenny 0-06 0-05 Limerick

26 mins — Walter Walsh fires a shot over the bar after he was well assisted by TJ Reid.

Kilkenny 0-07 0-05 Limerick

29 mins — Paddy Deegan extends the Cats’ lead to two points. Meanwhile, Limerick going into double figures with the count.

Dublin 0-11 0-09 Laois 

29 mins — Cian O’Sullivan and David Treacy combine to give Dublin the lead

Kilkenny 0-09 0-06 Limerick

34 mins — Walter Walsh is putting a real exhibition of scoring here

Dublin 0-12 0-010 Laois 

31 mins — Dublin now in the driving seat following a Ben Quinn point. Laois follow it up with a point of their own to bring the deficit back to two

Kilkenny 0-10 0-07 Limerick

35 mins — Shane Dowling and TJ Reid add more points to the scoreboard for their sides. Half-time aproaching

Dublin 0-12 0-11 Laois

Half-Time: Dublin go in at the break with a one-point lead

Kilkenny 0-10 0-08 Limerick

Half-Time: Kilkenny have a two-point advantage at the end of a pulsating first half

Some observations from around the grounds:

Kikenny 0-10 0-09 Limerick

36 mins — Good start for Limerick as they bring the difference back to just the bare minimum at the start of the second half

Kilkenny 0-11 0-09 Limerick

37 mins — Paddy Deegan responds for Kilkenny to keep their account ticking over

Dublin 1-15 0-13 Laois 

40 mins — Eamonn Dillon scores a crucial goal that puts his side three clear of Laois. Treacy follows up with a point.

Kilkenny 0-12 0-11 Limerick 

40 mins — Limerick are really bringing the fight to the second half. Dowling slots it over after some good pressure from the visitors

Kilkenny 0-12 0-12 Limerick 

44 mins — Shane Dowling nails the equaliser from a short-range free, and his fifth point of the night.

Dublin 1-17 0-13 Laois 

43 mins — Dublin stretch their lead again to seven points. Can Laois find a response?

Kilkenny 0-13 0-12 Limerick

47 mins — The All-Ireland finalists have restored their lead

Kilkenny lead by just one point against Limerick in the second half of their All-Ireland SHC qualifier

Cian Lynch Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Kilkenny 0-14 0-12 Limerick

32 mins — TJ Reid taps over another simple free that he won himself. Liam Blanchfield has come on to replace Richie Hogan.

Dublin 1-20 0-13 Laois 

50 mins — Dublin started to put some serious daylight between the sides. Dillon with the latest point that puts them 10 clear

Kilkenny 0-15 0-13 Limerick

53 mins — Shane Dowling brought Limerick back to within one, but Kilkenny come straight back down the field to restore their two-point advantage. Relentless effort from both sides.

Kilkenny 0-16 0-13 Limerick

55 mins — What a save from Nickie Quaid!! But Kilkenny come away with a point from the rebound to put them three in front

Dublin 1-23 0-13 Laois

56 mins — There appears to be no way back for Laois as Dublin tag on the points to put the score difference into double-figures

Dublin 1-24 0-13 Laois

57 mins — Dotsy O’Callaghan gets pops up with a point for Dublin, who look to be home and hosed

Kilkenny 0-17 0-13

61 mins — Walter Walsh with his fourth point of the night. Superb performance and Kilkenny are upping the intensity of the game

Kilkenny 0-18 0-13 Limerick

63 mins — Kilkenny with six of the last seven points

Dublin 2-28 0-13 Laois 

70 mins — Eamonn Dillon with his second goal of the night. What a second half performance from Dublin. They add another point as they enter additional time. Four minutes to go

Kilkenny 0-18 0-15 Limerick

68 mins — Limerick bring it back to a one score game again

Kilkenny 0-18 0-16 Limerick 

69 mins — Limerick hit a third point in-a-row. They’re not done yet.

Kilkenny 0-19 0-17 Limerick

70 mins — TJ Reid kills Limerick’s scoring momentum with a point to bring the gap back to three before Limerick respond with a free. Four minutes of additional time.

Dublin 2-28 1-15 Laois

Full-Time: Laois manage to score a goal, but Dublin cruise to 16-point win to progress to the next round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Kilkenny 0-20 0-17 Limerick

Full-Time: Dowling drops in a free in the Kilkenny square but they can’t get the much-needed goal. Brian Cody’s men move on to the next step of the qualifiers.

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