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One of the teams is from Connacht, the game is being played in Munster, but it is in fact the Leinster senior hurling final.

After playing out a draw last weekend in Croke Park, the hurlers of Galway and Kilkenny have made the journey to Thurles for this afternoon’s replay.

Throw-in at Semple Stadium is at 3pm and we’ll keep you updated throughout the afternoon.

Here’s how the teams are set to line out. Both are unchanged from the drawn game.

Kilkenny

1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)

2. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)
3. Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan)
4. Paddy Deegan (O’Loughlin Gaels)

5. Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
6. Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro)
7. Enda Morrissey (Bennettsbridge)

8. Conor Fogarty (Erin’s Own)
9. James Maher (St Lachtains)

10. Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan)
11. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
12. Richie Leahy (Rower Inistioge)

13. Billy Ryan (Graigue-Ballycallan)
14. Walter Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon)
15. Ger Aylward (Glenmore)

Galway

1. James Skehill (Ceapach an tSeagail)

2. Adrian Tuohy (Beithe)
3. Daithi Burke (An Turloch Mór)
4. John Hanbury (Rathún-An Caisleán Nua)

5. Padraic Mannion (Áth Eascrach-Fothaine)
6. Gearoid McInerney (Órán Mór-Meáraí)
7. Aidan Harte (Gort Inse Guaire)

8. Johnny Coen (Baile Locha Riach)
9. David Burke (Capt.) (Naomh Thómais)

10. Joseph Cooney (Na Sáirséalaigh)
11. Joe Canning (Port Omna)
12. Niall Burke (Órán Mór-Meáraí)

13. Conor Whelan (Cinn Mhara)
14. Conor Cooney (Naomh Thómais)
15. Cathal Mannion (Áth Eascrach-Fothaine)

It’s been a good start to the day for Galway in Thurles. Their minors have booked a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals thanks to a 1-20 to 0-12 win over Limerick.

Dean Reilly and Ben Herlihy Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

What are your predictions for this afternoon’s game?

Let us know in the comments section below.

The action starts at the top of the hour.

Regarding last weekend’s drawn game, Galway legend Joe Rabbitte told us:

“It was the tonic Galway needed, it was a tough game, and when it was over, my gut feeling was that Galway would win the replay.

“Kilkenny came at them all guns blazing and I don’t know will they able to bring it again. I suppose they have a couple of young guys there. The way the team was picked – Padriag Walsh in at full-back was a new one so Galway will have read that situation and maybe they’ll play a team not to suit Kilkenny basically.

“When you look at the Kilkenny team of last weekend, it was a kind of newish team for championship hurling. Galway will be able to put the likes of Jonathan Glynn in a position where he can catch those high balls and maybe break more ball around the forwards.”

The managers, Galway’s Micheál Donoghue and Kilkenny’s Brian Cody, arriving at Semple Stadium with their players earlier.

Michael Donoghue Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Brian Cody Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

News of one late change to each team ahead of throw-in:

Johnny Glynn replaces Conor Cooney for Galway. John Donnelly comes in for Kilkenny in place of Martin Keoghan.

The teams are standing for the national anthem as throw-in approaches.

It’s underway.

2Mins

Galway 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0

A Joe Canning free gives Galway an early lead.

2Mins

Galway 0-0 Kilkenny 0-0

Hang on. It’s gone to Hawkeye and it was in fact wide. No score.

3Mins

Galway 0-0 Kilkenny 0-0

Ferocious intensity in the opening stages, to no great surprise.

5Mins

Galway 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0

No need for HawkEye this time as Cathal Mannion slots over a fine score.

6Mins

Galway 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0

Ger Aylward in for a goal chance for Kilkenny but he sends it wide while under pressure from Adrian Tuohy. Conor Whelan then hits a wide for Galway from a difficult angle.

7Mins

Galway 0-3 Kilkenny 0-0

Conor Whelan makes amends with an excellent point from about 50 yards out. Niall Burke then chips in to increase Galway’s lead.

9Mins

Galway 0-3 Kilkenny 0-0

Joe Canning goes for the posts with a free from inside his own half but it’s another wide for Galway’s talisman.

 

10Mins

Galway 0-3 Kilkenny 0-0

TJ Reid aims to get Kilkenny up and running with a free from out on the touchline inside his own half, but it drops short and Galway clear the danger.

11Mins

Galway 0-3 Kilkenny 0-0

Goal chance for Galway but Mannion and Glynn are smothered by the Kilkenny backs.

11Mins

Galway 0-3 Kilkenny 0-1

Kilkenny are finally on the board thanks to a smashing TJ Reid effort from out on the left.

13Mins

Galway 0-4 Kilkenny 0-1

Aidan Harte opens his account.

19Mins

Galway 1-6 Kilkenny 0-1

Galway are flying. Glynn fires past Eoin Murphy, who did manage to get a touch on it, before Conor Cooney and Cathal Mannion increase the lead.

16Mins

Galway 1-7 Kilkenny 0-1

TJ Reid hits a wide before Glynn gets another Galway point. Kilkenny’s full-back line is really struggling.

18Mins

Galway 1-8 Kilkenny 0-1

Whelan is fouled and Joe Canning points the free.

Kilkenny have introduced Liam Blanchfield for Walter Walsh, who may have picked up a knock.

20Mins

Galway 1-9 Kilkenny 0-1

Canning gets his second point of the game, this time from play, before Blanchfield strikes Kilkenny’s third wide.

Apparently it’s a groin injury for Walter Walsh, by the way. He had been going well too, despite Kilkenny’s difficulties.

21Mins

Galway 1-9 Kilkenny 0-2

TJ Reid slots over a 65 for Kilkenny.

22Mins

Galway 1-9 Kilkenny 0-2

Richie Leahy increases Kilkenny’s wides tally.

24Mins

Galway 1-9 Kilkenny 0-3

Big point by TJ Reid, who gets his second from play from halfway.

 

24Mins

Galway 1-10 Kilkenny 0-3

Joe Canning stretches Galway’s lead from a free.

24Mins

Galway 1-10 Kilkenny 0-3

Brian Cody looking frustrated as TJ Reid misses the target.

26Mins

Galway 1-10 Kilkenny 0-4

Great score by John Donnelly, who was a late replacement on the Kilkenny team for Martin Keoghan.

27Mins

Galway 1-10 Kilkenny 0-5

TJ Reid raises a white flag with a free. Kilkenny are beginning to find their way back into this game.

 

28Mins

Galway 1-10 Kilkenny 0-6

Joey Holden bursts forward and produces a brilliant point for the Cats.

29Mins

Galway 1-11 Kilkenny 0-6

A brilliant score from Joe Canning, his fourth of the day.

30Mins

Galway 1-12 Kilkenny 0-6

A brilliant piece of skill by Niall Burke increases Galway’s lead.

31Mins

Galway 1-13 Kilkenny 0-6

A long-range Canning free pulls Galway further ahead.

32Mins

Galway 1-14 Kilkenny 0-6

Superb hurling by Cathal Mannion who gets his third point of the afternonn.

33Mins

Galway 1-15 Kilkenny 0-6

Joseph Cooney gets in on the act, so all six Galway forwards have now scored. It’s not looking good for Kilkenny. Galway have been immense.

35Mins

Galway 1-15 Kilkenny 1-7

Hugely important score for Kilkenny as Ger Aylward kicks the ball to the back of the net but Galway were unhappy as he appeared to take far too many steps with the ball in his hand. Referee James Owens disagreed.

A TJ Reid free leaves eight between them as we enter the one minute of additional time.

36Mins

Galway 1-16 Kilkenny 1-7

HawkEye called into action to deliberate on a Joe Canning effort. Unfortunately for him it’s a ‘Níl’, but Conor Whelan gets a point moments later nevertheless.

36Mins

The game has resumed.

36Mins

Galway 1-16 Kilkenny 1-8

James Maher gets Kilkenny off to a good start in the second half.

37Mins

Two half-time changes for Kilkenny:

Richie Hogan and Colin Fennelly replace Richie Leahy and Billy Ryan.

37Mins

25,102 is the attendance at Semple Stadium.

39Mins

Galway 1-17 Kilkenny 1-8

Canning takes his personal tally to six points with a well-executed free.

40Mins

Galway 1-17 Kilkenny 1-8

Goal chance for Joe Canning but his volleyed effort goes narrowly wide.

42Mins

Galway 1-18 Kilkenny 2-9

A second goal for the Cats and it comes from Colin Fennelly, who has just been introduced. He slotted home the rebound from close range after James Maher’s attempt for a point struck the post.

TJ Reid follows up with a free, but Conor Whelan responds immediately. Six between them.

46Mins

Galway 1-19 Kilkenny 2-9

No problems for Joe Canning with a straightforward free. Richie Hogan then has a shot for Kilkenny but it goes wide.

49Mins

Galway 1-20 Kilkenny 2-10

Canning makes brilliant contact with a sideline cut but it sails just wide, before Fennelly adds a point to his goal earlier on. An immediate response is then delivered by Cathal Mannion.

50Mins

Galway 1-20 Kilkenny 2-11

Richie Hogan gets his first point before Conor Cooney hits Galway’s ninth wide of the game.

51Mins

Galway 1-20 Kilkenny 2-12

Conor Fogarty with a point for the Cats. Galway have been impressive today but Kilkenny are hanging in there. It’s far from over yet.

52Mins

Galway 1-20 Kilkenny 2-13

TJ Reid reduces the gap to four from a free. The Kilkenny fans are starting to believe.

55Mins

GOAL! Galway 1-20 Kilkenny 3-13 (Richie Hogan, 55)

56Mins

Galway 1-21 Kilkenny 3-13

Incredible! The changes have made a difference for Kilkenny as Richie Hogan pulls the ball to the back of the net following a good run by TJ Reid.

Canning hits back for Galway. Two points is the gap now.

57Mins

Galway 1-21 Kilkenny 3-13

Fogarty thought he had his second point there but HawkEye had bad news for him.

 

60Mins

Galway 1-22 Kilkenny 3-13

Outstanding point by Cathal Mannion to leave Galway three clear with 10 minutes of normal time remaining.

62Mins

Galway 1-22 Kilkenny 3-13

Richie Hogan has a go from long range but it goes wide. He’s had a huge impact since coming on, though.

63Mins

Galway 1-22 Kilkenny 3-14

A free from TJ Reid brings it back to a two-point game. It’s set up for a grandstand finish.

64Mins

Galway 1-23 Kilkenny 3-14

Another brilliant point from Cathal Mannion. He’s playing a blinder for the All-Ireland champions.

65Mins

Galway 1-24 Kilkenny 3-14

HawkEye called into action again to confirm a point for Conor Cooney.

67Mins

Galway 1-24 Kilkenny 3-14

Disappointment for Paddy Deegan as he drives forward but sees his shot sail wide.

68Mins

Galway 1-25 Kilkenny 3-14

A narrow angle but it’s no bother to Joe Canning, who sends Galway five points clear with just over two minutes to play.

69Mins

Galway 1-25 Kilkenny 3-15

TJ Reid takes his point with a free from close range.

Is there one last push in Kilkenny?

 

69Mins

Galway 1-26 Kilkenny 3-15

A second point of the day for Aidan Harte.

71Mins

Galway 1-26 Kilkenny 3-15

Colin Fennelly shoots for goal but it drifts away off a Galway defender, before Eoin Murphy makes a brilliant save from Jason Flynn at the opposite end. Incredible drama!

71Mins

Galway 1-26 Kilkenny 3-15

Three minutes to be added on.

72Mins

Galway 1-27 Kilkenny 3-15

Six points between the teams after Joe Canning knocks over a free.

 

73Mins

Galway 1-28 Kilkenny 3-15

Flynn gets his first point since being introduced.

Flag 74Mins

Full-time: Galway 1-28 Kilkenny 3-15 (Galway retain their Leinster title)

That’s a wrap, folks. Thanks for joining us to follow what was a thrilling game of hurling.

Galway moved up a gear from the drawn game and showed why they’re being so widely tipped to retain the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Plenty of positives there for Kilkenny too, however, after they recovered well from a very slow start.

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