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Good afternoon, and welcome along to our liveblog for the first of this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-finals.

There’s a serious game of hurling in store at Croke Park, where Kilkenny and Cork will square off at 2pm.

Stick with us here and we’ll keep you up to date on all the key moments that occur during the meeting of two of the game’s oldest — and fiercest — rivals.

We’ll keep you abreast of any pre-match adjustments, but here’s how the two teams are expected to start…

Kilkenny

1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)

2. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)
3. Huw Lawlor (O’Loughlin Gaels)
4. Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

5. Paddy Deegan (O’Loughlin Gaels)
6. Pádraig Walsh (Tullaroan)
7. Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro)

8. Conor Browne (James Stephens)
9. Conor Fogarty (Erin’s Own)

10. Richie Hogan (Danesfort)
11. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
12. Richie Leahy (The Rower Inistioge)

13. Adrian Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
14. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
15. John Donnelly (Thomastown)

Subs

16. Darren Brennan (St Lachtain’s)
17. Enda Morrissey (Bennettsbridge)
18. Jason Cleere (Bennettsbridge)
19. Conor Delaney (Erin’s Own)
20. Richie Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
21. James Maher (St Lachtain’s)
22. Walter Walsh (Tullogher-Rosbercon)
23. Liam Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge)
24. Alan Murphy (Glenmore)
25. Billy Ryan (Graigue-Ballycallan)
26. Bill Sheehan (Dicksboro)

Cork

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)

5. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)

8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)

10. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Luke Meade (Newcestown)

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
15. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s — captain)

Subs

16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
18. Darren Browne (Kanturk)
19. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
20. Robert Downey (Glen Rovers)
21. Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum)
22. Robbie O’Flynn (Erins Own)
23. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
24. Shane Kingston (Douglas)
25. Declan Dalton (Fr O’Neills)
26. Jack O’Connor (Sarsfields)

Wexford’s James Owens is the match referee.

Brian Cody Kilkenny boss Brian Cody arriving at Croke Park earlier. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Eoin Cadogan Cork defender Eoin Cadogan getting a feel for the sod. Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

We’re hearing that both teams will line out as they were announced on Friday.

1Mins

Kilkenny 0-0 Cork 0-0

The game is underway.

1Mins

Cork 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0

Patrick Horgan gets the opening score after 10 seconds.

2Mins

Cork 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0

Cork’s Stephen McDonnell is picking up Kilkenny danger man TJ Reid in the early stages.

 

6Mins

Cork 1-1 Kilkenny 0-2

Seamus Harnedy was fouled by Paul Murphy, and Horgan converted the penalty emphatically.

John Donnelly gets a fine score to open Kilkenny’s account.

Eoin Murphy then produces a superb save to deny Alan Cadogan’s attempt for Cork’s second goal, before Richie Hogan hits a brilliant point for Kilkenny.

What a start!

6Mins

Cork 1-1 Kilkenny 0-2

Luke Meade has a go for Cork but it sails wide.

7Mins

Cork 1-1 Kilkenny 0-3

With a free from halfway, near the left touchline, TJ Reid makes no mistake.

7Mins

Pat Horgan scores a point Cork's Patrick Horgan getting the game's first score. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

11Mins

Kilkenny 1-4 Cork 1-1

Adrian Mullen sends a good ball into Colin Fennelly, who gets by Eoin Cadogan before batting the ball to the back of Anthony Nash’s net.

TJ Reid then extends the Kilkenny lead with a free.

13Mins

Kilkenny 1-4 Cork 1-1

John Donnelly shoots from the left wing for Kilkenny but it’s narrowly wide.

 

14Mins

Kilkenny 1-4 Cork 1-2

Sniff of a goal chance for Cork as Harnedy feeds Kearney but he’s surrounded by Kilkenny defends before being fouled.

Horgan knocks over the free.

15Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Cork 1-2

Conor Fogarty’s long-range strike puts Kilkenny three ahead again.

Conor Lehane attempts an immediate Cork response but hits his shot wide.

 

 

16Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Cork 1-3

Leahy misses the target with a point effort for Kilkenny, before Harnedy scores for Cork.

17Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Cork 1-3

Brilliant run forward by Fitzgibbon for Cork but his shot on the run went wide after he was hooked.

 

17Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Cork 1-3

Lehane with an effort from distance for Cork but it’s another wide.

 

19Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Cork 1-3

Meade is penalised for over-carrying. Kilkenny goalkeeper Murphy goes for a point with the free from inside his own half, which drifts wide.

20Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Cork 1-4

Horgan reduces the gap to a point with a simple free.

20Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Cork 1-5

Coleman finishes his run with a lovely point for Cork to level the game.

22Mins

Cork 1-7 Kilkenny 1-6

Horgan gets Cork’s third point in the space of a minute and a half, followed by Browne’s first point for Kilkenny.

Alan Cadogan then pushes Cork back in front.

 

23Mins

Cork 1-7 Kilkenny 1-6

Nash saves Fennelly’s ground stroke. Hogan then receives a yellow card for his challenge on the Cork goalkeeper.

 

23Mins

Seamus Harnedy and Paul Murphy Kilkenny's Paul Murphy and Seamus Harnedy of Cork battle for possession. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

24Mins

Cork 1-7 Kilkenny 1-7

A TJ Reid free from wide on the right brings the teams level again.

 

25Mins

Cork 1-7 Kilkenny 1-7

Horgan does well to find space but his shot is off target. Seven wides already for Cork.

 

26Mins

Cork 1-8 Kilkenny 1-7

Huw Lawlor fouls Alan Cadogan and Horgan converts the resultant free.

 

27Mins

Cork 1-8 Kilkenny 1-8

Ellis dispossessed by Donnelly, who puts Kilkenny back on level terms.

 

27Mins

Kilkenny 1-9 Cork 1-8

Fennelly breaks the ball brilliantly for Hogan and Kilkenny regain the lead.

 

30Mins

Cork 2-8 Kilkenny 1-10

Kearney finds Fitzgibbon, who advances before playing in Horgan. Despite being on his knees, the Glen Rovers man beats Murphy with a rocket of a strike.

Reid responds with a Kilkenny free.

 

31Mins

Cork 2-8 Kilkenny 1-11

From about 70 yards out, Fogarty levels the score with his second point.

 

33Mins

Cork 2-9 Kilkenny 1-11

Alan Cadogan shortens his grip and slots over his second score of the game after being teed up by Horgan.

 

 

35Mins

Cork 2-10 Kilkenny 1-11

With a free from just inside his own half, Horgan puts Cork two points clear as the first half enters additional time, of which there’ll be one minute.

 

35Mins

Cork 2-10 Kilkenny 1-11

Hogan looks to narrow the gap with a strike that goes wide.

 

35Mins

36Mins

With Cork holding a two-point lead, we’re up and running for the second-half.

Walter Walsh has replaced Cillian Buckley for Kilkenny.

37Mins

Kilkenny 2-11 Cork 2-10

Not for the first time today, Fennelly breaks the ball brilliantly for Hogan who beats Nash to give Kilkenny a perfect start to the second half.

38Mins

Kilkenny 2-11 Cork 2-11

From a tricky angle, Horgan points a free to bring Cork level.

39Mins

Kilkenny 2-12 Cork 2-11

Kilkenny back in front courtesy of a close-range Reid free.

 

40Mins

Kilkenny 2-13 Cork 2-11

Reid stands over another free and extends Kilkenny’s lead with his sixth point of the game.

 

42Mins

Kilkenny 2-13 Cork 2-11

From deep inside his own half, Reid’s radar is off from a placed-ball this time.

 

43Mins

Kilkenny 2-13 Cork 2-11

Cork’s Bill Cooper down receiving treatment following a collision with Richie Hogan.

43Mins

Kilkenny 2-13 Cork 2-11

Cooper is back on his feet but receives a yellow card as a result of the challenge.

 

44Mins

Kilkenny 2-14 Cork 2-11

Reid converts the free and Kilkenny lead by three.

 

44Mins

Kilkenny 2-15 Cork 2-11

Mullen from play and Kilkenny go further ahead.

 

45Mins

Kilkenny 2-15 Cork 2-11

Chance for Walter Walsh to get another for Kilkenny but he sends it wide.

46Mins

Kilkenny 2-16 Cork 2-11

But Leahy makes no mistake and Kilkenny stretch their lead to five.

Robbie O’Flynn replaces Conor Lehane for Cork.

 

48Mins

Kilkenny 2-17 Cork 2-11

Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy points a free from well inside his own half.

The Cats have outscored the Rebels by 1-6 to 0-1 so far in this second half.

49Mins

Richie Hogan celebrates scoring a goal Richie Hogan celebrates after scoring Kilkenny's second goal. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

 

50Mins

Kilkenny 2-17 Cork 2-11

Shane Kingston, who has just replaced Daniel Kearney, has a shot for Cork but it’s well wide.

Tim O’Mahony has come on in place of Cork’s Bill Cooper.

50Mins

Kilkenny 2-17 Cork 2-11

Bill Sheehan replaces Richie Hogan for Kilkenny.

 

51Mins

Kilkenny 2-18 Cork 2-11

TJ Reid gets his eighth point of the match from a free. 

Cork need to get going here or their season will be over in about 20 minutes.

 

52Mins

Kilkenny 2-19 Cork 2-11

Walter Walsh gets on the scoresheet for Kilkenny, who have now scored eight unanswered points. 

 

53Mins

Kilkenny 2-19 Cork 2-11

A chance for Horgan to end Cork’s drought from a free, but he’s unable to take it.

54Mins

Kilkenny 2-19 Cork 2-12

Harnedy gets Cork’s first score for 16 minutes.

55Mins

Kilkenny 2-19 Cork 2-13

And Alan Cadogan follows up immediately with another, before Damian Cahalane replaces Sean O’Donoghue at the back for the Rebels.

 

57Mins

Kilkenny 2-19 Cork 3-14

A third goal of the game for Horgan! He plucks Robbie O’Flynn’s delivery out of the air and, despite being outnumbered three to one, finds space before beating Murphy.

Alan Cadogan then scores his fourth point and now there’s only two between the teams.

 

58Mins

Kilkenny 2-19 Cork 3-14

A good chance for Harnedy to reduce the deficit goes wide.

 

59Mins

Kilkenny 2-20 Cork 3-14

Three between the teams again thanks to another Reid free.

 

60Mins

Kilkenny 2-21 Cork 3-14

Superb score from Colin Fennelly to take his tally to 1-1.

 

62Mins

Kilkenny 2-21 Cork 3-14

Coleman picks out Alan Cadogan, whose effort misses the target.

62Mins

Kilkenny 2-21 Cork 3-15

Harnedy wins a free, which Horgan slots over.

63Mins

Kilkenny 2-22 Cork 3-15

Four between them again after Walter Walsh gets his second point since coming on.

 

64Mins

Kilkenny 2-22 Cork 3-16

Alan Cadogan fouled after a brilliant catch from Nash’s long delivery. Horgan takes his tally to 3-9 with the free.

 

65Mins

Kilkenny 2-22 Cork 3-16

A chance for a Kilkenny point squandered by Leahy.

 

67Mins

Kilkenny 2-22 Cork 3-17

Alan Cadogan fouled by Padraig Walsh wide on the right. From an awkward angle, Horgan’s free required HawkEye… which says it was over.

 

68Mins

Kilkenny 2-23 Cork 3-17

Kilkenny substitute Billy Ryan restores their three-point advantage.

 

Kilkenny 2-23 Cork 3-18

Superb skill by Sheehan but he’s unable to provide the finish for a point.

Fitzgibbon then points for Cork to leave two between them.

 

Kilkenny 2-26 Cork 3-18

Walter Walsh gets his third, Billy Ryan gets another and then Bill Sheehan scores to put Kilkenny up by five, with four additional minutes to be played.

 

70Mins

Kilkenny 2-26 Cork 3-18

Free for Cork just outside the 21. Horgan goes for goal but it’s saved!

 

71Mins

Kilkenny 2-27 Cork 3-18

Eoin Cadogan fouls Colin Fennelly and TJ Reid slots over from close range. Kilkenny are surely out of sight now.

 

70Mins

Kilkenny 2-27 Cork 3-18

Horgan is fouled and yet again his attempt at goal is saved!

 

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