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Munster SHC: Waterford 1-28 Cork 1-24

Leinster SHC: Kilkenny 3-20 Dublin 2-22


Afternoon all and welcome along to our coverage of today’s big hurling games.

We’ve Fintan O’Toole in Semple Stadium following Cork against Waterford while Kevin O’Brien is in Croke Park for the meeting of Dublin and Kilkenny.

Throw-in in Thurles is 3.30pm and in Dublin it’s starting at 3.45pm.

The interesting team news is Cork have set to bring in two newcomers with late alterations involving Sean O’Leary starting in defence and Daire Connery in attack. Waterford have debutants in Jack Fagan and Dessie Hutchinson.

Here’s the starting sides for this Munster senior hurling semi-final:


1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
3. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)
4. Sean O’ Donoghue (Inniscarra)

5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Robert Downey (Glen Rovers)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)

8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
9. Tim O’ Mahony (Newtownshandrum)

10. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Shane Kingston (Douglas)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)


1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside – captain)
4. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)

5. Calum Lyons (Ballyduff Lower)
6. Tadhg De Búrca (Clashmore-Kinsalebeg)
7. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)

8. Jamie Barron (Fouremilewater)
9. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)

10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Jack Fagan (De La Salle)
12. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart)

13. Dessie Hutchinson (Ballygunner)
14. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)
15. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)

Here’s how the sides will start. There’s been one late change on the Dublin team with Liam Rushe replacing Ronan Hayes.


1. Alan Nolan (St. Brigids)

2. Paddy Smyth (Clontarf)
3. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)
4. James Madden (Ballyboden St. Enda’s)

5. Conor Burke (St. Vincent’s)
6. Daire Gray (Whitehall Colmcille)
7. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)

8. Seán Moran (Cuala)
9. Riain McBride (St. Vincent’s)

10. Cian Boland (St. Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh)
11. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)
12. Danny Sutcliffe (St. Jude’s)

13. Donal Burke (Na Fianna)
14. Davy Keogh (Thomas Davis)
21. Liam Rushe (St Patrick’s Palmerstown)


1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)

2. Conor Delaney (Erin’s Own)
3. Huw Lawlor (O’Loughlin Gaels)
4. Ciaran Wallace (Erins Own)

5. Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan)
6. Paddy Deegan (O’Loughlin Gaels)
7. Richie Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

8. Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro)
9. Conor Fogarty (Erin’s Own)

10. John Donnelly (Thomastown)
11. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
12. Walter Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon)

13. Billy Ryan (Graigue-Ballycallan)
14. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
15. Eoin Cody (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

Game on in Thurles.

Waterford 0-1 Cork 0-0: 1 mins – Kevin Moran fires over an early point for the Deise from distance.

Cork 0-2 Waterford 0-2: 2 mins – Strong Cork response as Conor Lehane and Alan Cadogan both point, then Austin Gleeson levels it up.

Cork 0-4 Waterford 0-2: 5 mins – Cork push two clear with Lehane scoring from play and Patrick Horgan converting a free. Interesting positional changes with Gleeson centre-forward for Waterford and Moran wing-back.

Cork 0-4 Waterford 0-4: 7 mins – All square now. Stephen Bennett nails his first free of the day and then Callum Lyons points a huge one for Waterford.

Cork 0-5 Waterford 0-4: 9 mins – Serious burst of pace by Shane Kingston as he notches his first point of the day for Cork.

Poor shooting on both sides in Thurles. Bennett can’t convert a free from the right wing and then Bill Cooper’s shot is weak and underhit from the right before Seamus Harnedy strikes Cork’s sixth wide of the day.

Cork 0-5 Waterford 0-6: 13 mins – Advantage Waterford thanks to points from Shane McNulty and Kieran Bennett.

Waterford 0-8 Cork 0-5: 16 mins – Waterford getting a grip now with Barron and Gleeson striking efforts from play, then Bennett misses a free which could have put them ahead further. Cork’s shooting really poor so far with eight wides on the board.

Waterford three up then at the first water break, they are backed by a breeze here.

Dublin 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0: 2 mins – Donal Burke wins a free and converts for Dublin.

Dublin 0-1 Kilkenny 0-1: 4 mins – Sean Moran hauls down Conor Fogarty as he burts through on goal. TJ Reid opens his account for the day with a free.

Waterford 0-9 Cork 0-5: 18 mins – Bennett makes no mistake this time with his shot from a free after Dessie Hutchinson was fouled by Sean O’Donoghue on the left wing.

Dublin 0-2 Kilkenny 0-2: 6 mins – Reid fires over another free before Burke adds one from play. It could be a shoot-out between them tonight.

Dublin 0-3 Kilkenny 0-2: 8 mins – Liam Rushe makes a great block on Eoin Murphy and it results in a point from Cian Boland.

Dublin 0-3 Kilkenny 0-3: 9 mins -Reid brings Kilkenny level with his third free of the day. 

Waterford 0-10 Cork 0-7:  23 mins – Bennett shoots over a free after Horgan scores from play for Cork and then a beautiful sideline cut there from Mark Coleman.

Dublin 0-3 Kilkenny 0-5: 11 mins – Kilkenny take the lead for he first time with a great sideline score from Walter Walsh, before debutant Eoin Cody adds an effort.

Waterford 0-11 Cork 0-8: 26 mins – Couple of lovely points from Horgan and Hutchinson respectively after being supplied well from defence. Waterford’s wides tally starting to mount now as well.

Dublin 0-4 Kilkenny 1-5: 13 mins – Billy Ryan powers through a number of bodies in the Dublin defence and buries low into the bottom corner. 

Dublin 0-4 Kilkenny 2-5: 13 mins – TJ Reid fires in Kilkenny’s second goal in the space of a minute.

Waterford 0-14 Cork 0-8: 30 mins – Three frees in a row from Bennett and Waterford go six clear.

Dublin 0-4 Kilkenny 2-6: 17 mins – First-half water break in Croke Park.

Waterford 0-14 Cork 0-11: 33 mins – Cork mount a response, Kingston and Coleman both splitting the posts. Then Lehane is hauled back with the resultant despatched by Horgan.

Dublin 0-6 Kilkenny 2-6: 20 mins – Daire Gray fires over after intercepting the sliotar from Walter Walsh. Good response by Dublin after Danny Sutcliffe’s earlier effort.

Waterford 0-15 Cork 0-12: 36 mins – Excellent forward play as Hutchinson spins away for a point for Waterford, then Kingston tears clear for a Cork point after great work by Conor Lehane.

Dublin 0-6 Kilkenny 2-9: 23 mins – One from Billy Ryan and two stunning scores from Reid extend the Kilkenny lead.

Dublin 0-6 Kilkenny 2-11: 29 mins – Conor Delaney and Colin Fennelly get in on the act for the Cats.

Second-half action set to resume in Thurles.

Dublin 0-7 Kilkenny 2-12: 35 mins – Walter Walsh and Burke (free) trade scores.

Waterford 0-17 Cork 0-14: 37 mins – Relentless start to the second half. Callum Lyons and Austin Gleeson score for Waterford, Cork replying on each occasion through Bill Cooper and Patrick Horgan.

Dublin 0-7 Kilkenny 3-13: 35 mins – John Donnelly becomes the final Kilkenny forward to score before Colin Fennelly drives through and finishes their third goal of the half.

Half-time: Dublin 0-7 Kilkenny 3-13

Waterford 1-19 Cork 0-14: 40 mins – Big gap in this now. Callum Lyons gallops forward on the right and whips home a strike for the first goal of the game, then Jack Prendergast points for Waterford and Bennett adds a free.

Waterford 1-19 Cork 0-16: 42 mins – Seamus Harnedy fires over two quick points for Cork. Jack O’Connor on for them for Connery.

Waterford 1-19 Cork 0-17: 44 mins – Christopher Joyce gets in on the scoring act for Cork.

Waterford 1-20 Cork 0-19: 48 mins – Bennett converts a free for Waterford but Cork respond through Horgan and Harnedy to leave four in it.

Waterford 1-22 Cork 0-20: 51 mins – Bennett with a free and then Cooper from play as points swapped before Barron scores to leave Waterford five clear.

Second-half water break here in Thurles, Waterford have five-point cushion.

Sub: Declan Dalton in for Cork for Conor Lehane.

Waterford 1-23 Cork 0-21: 55 mins – Kingston fired over a point for Cork but Waterford hit back with a Bennett free. Billy Power on for the Deise for Kieran Bennett.

Waterford 1-23 Cork 0-22: 57 mins – Horgan knocks over a free for Cork who have brought in Luke Meade for Alan Cadogan.

Dublin 0-7 Kilkenny 3-14: 42 mins – John Donnelly swings over a stunning point from the wing.

Waterford 1-25 Cork 0-22: 59 mins – Bennett on target with another free, his 11th of the day, and then he sets up Barron for another. Six in it.

Waterford 1-25 Cork 0-23: 62 mins – Horgan with his eighth of the game but Cork struggling to make any real inroads here.

Dublin 0-10 Kilkenny 3-15: 50 mins – Eamonn Dillon, Cian Boland and Burke pull back scores for Dublin.

Waterford 1-27 Cork 0-23: 66 mins – Dessie Hutchinson with a glorious score from play and then Bennett hits another free. Waterford in the driving seat for a Munster final place.

Waterford 1-27 Cork 0-24: 71 mins – Declan Dalton launches over a point for Cork. Brian Turnbull on for them.

Dublin 0-14 Kilkenny 3-15: 55 mins – A pair of frees from Burke and a score from Dillon bring Dublin to within nine.

Dublin 1-14 Kilkenny 3-15: 58 mins – Goal for Ronan Hayes to bring Dublin back into the game.

Dublin 1-16 Kilkenny 3-17: 61 mins – Crummey and Burke (free) add one apiece to reduce the gap to six but Reid replies instantly.

Dublin 2-18 Kilkenny 3-18: 66 mins – Dublin are back to within three as Crummey scores a rebound from a Burke shot. Then the latter fires over a close-range free. 

Dublin 2-19 Kilkenny 3-18: 68 mins – Dublin are back within two after Dillon’s latest score.

Dublin 2-20 Kilkenny 3-18: 70 mins – Dillon swings over a fourth from the sideline. We’ll have four minutes of added time.

Dublin 2-21 Kilkenny 3-20: 73 mins – Alan Murphy and Huw Lawlor add a score apiece. Dublin need a goal now…

Dublin 2-22 Kilkenny 3-20: 74 mins – Burke sends over a free to reduce the gap to one. Dublin have a free out and one last chance.

Full-time: Dublin 2-22 Kilkenny 3-20

So Waterford through to the Munster hurling final and Kilkenny progress to the Leinster decider. Thanks for joining us for our coverage this evening.

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