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All-Ireland SHC quarter-final
Limerick 0-27 Kilkenny 1-22

All-Ireland SFC Super 8s
Monaghan 0-15 Kildare 1-10


Afternoon all and welcome along. It’s a huge day of GAA action, we’re following the events in Semple Stadium as Kilkenny and Limerick battle it out for the right to take on Cork in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Ryan Bailey is following that game.

While at Croke Park, Fintan O’Toole is following the meeting of Kildare and Monaghan. It’s the opening Super 8s game in Group 1.

Throw-in for both ties is 2pm.

Here’s your team news from Thurles, the selections that were announced on Friday night.


1. Nicky Quaid (Effin)

2. Sean Finn (Bruff)
3. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
4. Richie English (Doon)

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
6. Declan Hannon (Adare – captain)
7. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)

8. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)
9. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)

10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s)
11. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)

13. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
14. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon)
15. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)


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. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
15. Ger Aylward (Glenmore)

A repeat of last year’s hurling qualifier between the counties which saw Kilkenny win out by three points in Nowlan Park.

Cian Lynch Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

And here’s the starting sides selected for the football showdown in Croke Park.


1. Mark Donnellan (Maynooth)

2. Peter Kelly (Two Mile House)
3. David Hyland (Athy)
4. Mick O’Grady (Celbridge)

5. Johnny Byrne (Allenwood)
6. Eoin Doyle (Naas – captain)
7. Kevin Flynn (Celbridge)

8. Kevin Feely (Athy)
9. Tommy Moolick (Leixlip)

10. Fergal Conway (Celbridge)
11. Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)
12. Kevin Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)

13. Neil Flynn (Maynooth)
14. Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge)
15. Paddy Brophy (Celbridge)


1. Rory Beggan (Scotstown)

2. Kieran Duffy (Latton)
3. Drew Wylie (Ballybay – captain)
4. Ryan Wylie (Ballybay)

5. Fintan Kelly (Clones)
6. Vinny Corey (Clontibret)
7. Karl O’Connell (Tyholland)

8. Niall Kearns (Sean McDermott’s)
9. Darren Hughes (Scotstown)

10. Ryan McAnespie (Emyvale)
11. Shane Carey (Scotstown)
12. Owen Duffy (Latton)

13. Conor McCarthy (Scotstown)
14. Jack McCarron (Currin)
15. Conor McManus (Clontibret)

Wicklow’s Anthony Nolan is the referee for the tie between Kildare and Monaghan.

Cian O'Neill Kildare boss Cian O'Neill. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Westmeath’s James McGrath is taking charge of the clash of Kilkenny and Limerick.

Fans watch the match prior to the senior game A damp afternoon in Thurles for the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

A pre-match change for Monaghan, Dessie Mone comes in for Jack McCarron.

News of two late changes for Kilkenny coming through from Thurles, with Richie Hogan coming in for Richie Leahy and Robert Lennon starting instead of Enda Morrissey.

Brian Cody has made another late change!

Four years ago Kildare and Monaghan served up an excellent Round 4 qualifier contest in Croke Park with Monaghan prevailing. We’ll hope for something similar today. Kildare arrive here with serious momentum after picking off Derry, Longford, Mayo and Fermanagh. Monaghan’s qualifier recovery saw victories over Division 4 opponents in Waterford, Leitrim and Laois. Who can keep building today?

After the heat of the last few weeks, today is a day to take shelter from the elements at Croke Park.

A view of supporters ahead of the game Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

A view of supporters ahead of the game

For those wondering, the hurling is live on RTÉ 1 and the football from Croke Park is available on Sky Sports. It’s time for the anthems!

Here’s the substitutes for this clash in Croke Park:

Kildare - Aaron O’Neill, Chris Healy, David Slattery, Niall Kelly, Fionn Dowling, Eamonn Callaghan, Mark Hyland, James Murray, Pascal Connell, Mark Sherry, Cathal McNally.

Monaghan - Conor Forde, Conor Boyle, Barry Kerr, Jack McCarron, Neil McAdam, Paudie McKenna, Dessie Ward, Dermot Malone, Thomas Kerr, David Garland, Kieran Hughes.

Action about to get under way in Croke Park.

The weather isn’t much better at Semple Stadium.

Fans watch the match prior to the senior game Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Spectators during a downpour Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Kilkenny 0-0 Limerick 0-0
1 mins — We’re underway at Semple Stadium.

Kildare 0-1 Monaghan 0-0
2 mins – Early score for Kildare and it’s a confidently-taken free with Neil Flynn drilling the ball over from 45 yards.

Kildare 0-1 Monaghan 0-1
4 mins – All square. A throw ball sees the ball punched clear and amidst the bodies clashing for it, it falls into the hands of Conor McManus. He doesn’t miss chances like those and Monaghan are off the mark.

Kilkenny 0-1 Limerick 0-1
4 mins – Fast start in Thurles and Richie Hogan dissects the posts with a sweet strike from range to get Kilkenny up and running, before Seamus Flanagan responds at the other end.

Monaghan 0-2 Kildare 0-1
5 mins – A midfield score for Monaghan. Darren Hughes pops it in to Niall Kearns and his shot is excellent between the posts.

Kilkenny 0-3 Limerick 0-1
7 mins – Maher restores Kilkenny’s lead and then TJ Reid opens his account for the afternoon with a straight-forward free. A bright start by Brian Cody’s men.

Kildare 1-1 Monaghan 0-4
7 mins – That is just a stunning individual score! Kildare’s full-forward is in brilliant form of late and he shows that here in taking off like a train at the Monaghan defence, cutting in and out of challenges and then finishing deftly to the net, the ball brushing the bar before dropping in. Monaghan’s reply is impressive though. McManus from a free and Conor McCarthy from play. All square again and good start to this game.

11 mins – Kildare seize a Rory Beggan kickout, turn over Dessie Mone but can’t capitalise when the point chance arises as Kevin Feely’s effort is weak and the ball drops into Beggan’s hands. Still level here.

Kilkenny 0-4 Limerick 0-1 
10 mins – Reid is hit dangerously by Darragh O’Donovan but after staying down for a moment, the Kilkenny star is back up on his feet to convert the subsequent free.

Monaghan 0-5 Kildare 1-1
11 mins – Monaghan edge in front thanks to a converted free from McManus.

Kilkenny 0-4 Limerick 0-2
13 mins – What a save! Aaron Gillane shows all his athletic ability to gather a high ball and after losing his hurl in the challenge, strikes it with his right boot and forces Eoin Murphy into a brilliant stop.

Wides totting up for Kildare as they try to break down Monaghan’s defence. Paul Cribbin kicks their third there.

Kilkenny 0-5 Limerick 0-3
14 mins – Richie Hogan has looked sharp in the opening exchanges and he’s got his second point of the day from the right.

Kilkenny 0-6 Limerick 0-3
16 mins — Hogan may be small in stature but he rises highest in midfield to gather under pressure and then fires it over the bar from range as he swivels away from his marker. Stunning score. Colin Fennelly then tacks on another point with a long-range effort.

Monaghan 0-5 Kildare 1-2
16 mins – Kildare so close to a second goal! Great team counter-attack and when Flynn again cuts through into space, his left-foot shot is palmed over the bar by Rory Beggan. Then Monaghan lose Owen Duffy to a black card, with Paudie McKenna set to come in.

Kilkenny 0-7 Limerick 0-5
18 mins - Graeme Mulcahy produces a brilliant score as he cuts in off the right and dissects the posts, before Diarmuid Byrnes nails a long-range effort.

Here’s that brilliant Eoin Murphy save from Aaron Gillane.

Monaghan 0-7 Kildare 1-2
20 mins – Beggan slots over a ’45 for Monaghan after an earlier effort had dropped short. Then Karl O’Connell slams over a point from the right wing. Two between them.

Monaghan 0-7 Kildare 1-3
22 mins – Lots of Kildare attacks but not much end product at times. On this occasion they get it right though, nice score by Tommy Moolick.

Kilkenny 0-8 Limerick 0-8
23 mins – Limerick are level as they score three quick points in succession. Gillane has two of them with a well-converted free and a booming sideline effort, with captain Declan Hannon adding the other.

Monaghan 0-8 Kildare 1-3
24 mins – A shot by Shane Carey goes screaming over the bar from Monaghan. Kildare caught coming out of defence and Monaghan nearly engineered a goal. Yellow card for David Hyland for the Lilywhites as well.

Kilkenny 0-8 Limerick 0-8
25 mins – ‘Now we are hurling,’ and boy are Limerick on a roll.

Kilkenny 0-9 Limerick 0-8
26 mins – Kilkenny stem the tide and regain the lead through TJ Reid. Nine minutes until the break.

Kilkenny 0-9 Limerick 0-9
27 mins – But back come Limerick and Kyle Hayes shows all his class with a fine run and finish.

Monaghan 0-8 Kildare 1-4
26 mins – Back to a one-point game again as Neil Flynn slots a free for Kildare. Doesn’t look like there will be much between these teams.

Kilkenny 0-9 Limerick 0-10
28 mins – Limerick hit the front for the first time as Gearoid Hegarty gets in on the act, slotting over from the right.

Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-11
29 mins – Another outrageous save from Murphy as he pushes Hegarty’s low strike to safety after the Limerick man had powered through the Kilkenny defence.

Monaghan 0-9 Kildare 1-4
29 mins – Monaghan are picking off their points that bit easier. First of the day for Conor McCarthy.

Monaghan 0-10 Kildare 1-4
31 mins – Just a better array of kickers in the Monaghan team at the moment. Second point of the game for wing-back Karl O’Connell.

Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-12
32 mins – After Kilkenny’s fast start, Limerick have rebounded brilliantly and now lead by two as we approach the break. Graham Mulcahy keeps the scoreboard ticking over.

Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-13
33 mins – The Limerick forwards are in fine form and Tom Morrissey gets his name on the board to extend their lead.

Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-14
34 mins – The travelling Limerick supporters are in raptures in the terrace as Darragh O’Donovan launches a booming score between the sticks from midfield. Four points separate the sides.

Monaghan 0-10 Kildare 1-5
34 mins – Superb spell of defending from both teams with turnovers on both sides. The passage of play culminates with a great kick over from play by Neil Flynn for Kildare.

Kilkenny 0-11 Limerick 0-15
35 mins — After a shaky start, John Kiely’s side have been in superb in the last 20 minutes.


Kilkenny 0-12 Limerick 0-15
35 mins – Fennelly scores the last point of the half to bring Kilkenny back to within three. Absorbing stuff in Thurles.

Half-Time: Kilkenny 0-12 Limerick 0-15

There were some brilliant scores during that opening period at Semple Stadium. Kilkenny started brightly with Richie Hogan and TJ Reid lively, but Limerick responded brilliantly and were quite superb in the second quarter.

Here’s that brilliant first-half goal from Daniel Flynn.

Kilkenny 0-12 Limerick 0-15
36 mins – We’re back underway at Semple, where there are 18,596 in attendance.

Kilkenny 0-13 Limerick 0-15
38 mins – TJ on the mark again, this time from 70 metres out, to bring Kilkenny back within two after Fogarty was fouled in midfield.

Second-half action is under way in Croke Park.

Kilkenny 0-13 Limerick 0-15
40 mins – The rain is hammering down in Thurles.

Early second-half scoring chance for Monaghan but Conor McManus boots the free wide.

That’s poor at the other end from Neil Flynn. Didn’t kick with conviction from a free in front of the posts and the ball drops into the arms of Beggan. Big chance spurned for Kildare to close the gap to one.

Yellow card to Kildare’s Paddy Brophy after he lunged in high when trying to tackle Vinny Corey.

Kilkenny 0-13 Limerick 0-16
43 mins – It has been a sloppy start to the second period with both sides spurning scoring opportunities, before Gearoid Hegarty gets Limerick up and running after the break.

Monaghan 0-10 Kildare 1-6
41 mins – Kildare get it right in front of goal this time and it is a one point game. Fergal Conway converts a shot from play.

42 mins – Play held up, a heavy collision between Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie and Kildare’s Neil Flynn.

Kilkenny 0-13 Limerick 0-17
45 mins – Brilliant defence from Limerick to snuff out the danger at one end and then Kyle Hayes points to extend their lead to four points.

43 mins – Both players back up on their feet and play resumes. Monaghan have pushed Darren Hughes into the edge of the square and aimed a couple of long deliveries in his direction already.

Kilkenny 0-13 Limerick 0-17
46 mins – Are Kilkenny throwing this away? Hogan misses a gilt-edge chance and that’s now 15 wides this afternoon by the Cats.

44 mins – Monaghan create the overlap through Conor McManus and Shane Carey but Paudie McKenna can’t convert what looked a straightforward point opportunity. Still one in it, Monaghan in front.

Monaghan 0-10 Kildare 1-7
45 mins – And Kildare draw level! It’s Neil Flynn who pops one over off his left, profiting from a quick, early ball into space.

Kilkenny 0-14 Limerick 0-18
47 mins – Aaron Gillane wins the high ball and it opens up for him. He only has Murphy to beat, but again the Kilkenny goalkeeper pulls off a super stop, stretching high to his left to tip Gillane’s goalbound effort over the bar.

Sub: Niall Kelly in for Kildare for Paul Cribbin.

Just look at this save from Eoin Murphy!

Sub: Change on the Monaghan side as Jack McCarron replaces Dessie Mone.

It’s Fintan Kelly who is actually gone off on the Monaghan side, Dessie Mone still on the pitch.

Monaghan 0-11 Kildare 1-7
48 mins – So close to a Monaghan goal! Karl O’Connell careers through and smashes a drive that is palmed away by Mark Donnellan. O’Connell follows the ball in and after it bounces, he palms it over the bar.

49 mins – That’s three points now today for Karl O’Connell, excellent showing by the Monaghan man. Yellow cards shown to Dessie Mone and Fergal Conway.

Kilkenny 0-17 Limerick 0-19
52 mins – Kilkenny aren’t finished yet, though. Reid sends over back-to-back scores and Morrissey makes it a two-point game again.

Sub: Kildare take off Paddy Brophy and introduce Chris Healy.

Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-19
53 mins – The Cats are motoring now. Richie Leahy with a fine point from midfield and just one point separates the sides.

Monaghan 0-11 Kildare 1-8
50 mins – Level once more. Johnny Byrne kicking over the point for Kildare. It’s getting heated all over the pitch now as flashpoints emerging. Both teams know a victory here will be huge in the context of their Super 8s campaign.

51 mins – More yellow cards, Monaghan’s Jack McCarron and Kildare’s Mick O’Grady the latest culprits.

Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-20
55 mins – Absorbing stuff in Thurles as this All-Ireland hurling quarter-final hangs in the balance. Mulcahy stems the tide and gives Limerick a bit of breathing space.

Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-20
57 mins — 13 minutes remaining, and this one could go either way.

55 mins – Both teams spurn chances. Monaghan’s Conor McCarthy hoofs one wide, then Kildare can’t make the ball stick in attack when they had numbers.

Kilkenny 0-19 Limerick 0-20
58 mins — Blanchfield storms through, showing his power and pace, but is fouled just outside the large square. Reid completes the formalities and slots over from close range.

Monaghan 0-12 Kildare 1-8
57 mins – Monaghan sneak in front. Kieran Duffy pops over the point.

Kilkenny 0-19 Limerick 0-22
60 mins – Talk about an impact! Moments after coming on, Peter Casey scores a superb point for Limerick, before Darragh O’Donovan nails a sideline cut from the right.

Sub: Keith Cribbin, who just got booked, is off for Kildare with David Slattery introduced to the action.

Sub: Monaghan bring in Kieran Hughes for Paudie McKenna. Ten minutes of normal time left.

Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-22
63 mins – Leahy points for Kilkenny and then Cody brings Donnelly on for Fennelly.

Kevin Feely and Niall Kearns Kildare's Kevin Feely and Monaghan's Niall Kearns battle for the ball. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Kilkenny 0-21 Limerick 0-22
63 mins – Donnelly makes an instant impact with a fine score and now the momentum is with Kilkenny.

62 mins – Free in for Kildare after David Slattery is pushed to the ground.

Monaghan 0-12 Kildare 1-9
63 mins – And Kevin Feely slots it over from the right wing. Huge finale coming up here.


GOAL! Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 0-23
64 mins – You can never doubt them, and it’s that man Hogan with the crucial goal. He gathered, dummied and finished low under the goalkeeper.

Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 0-25
66 mins – But back come Limerick, and they lead again! What a battle, what a finish! Casey and Dowling with the points.

64 mins – Fergal Conway booms in a long-range shot for Kildare but it tails wide.

Monaghan 0-13 Kildare 1-9
65 mins – And Niall Kearns makes no mistake for Monaghan, a superb effort.

Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-25 
68 mins – Leahy brings Kilkenny level again and there are two minutes left on the clock in Thurles.

Sub: Dermot Malone in for Monaghan for Shane Carey as Neil Flynn’s free from distance for Kildare drifts wide.

67 mins – Tommy Moolick shot from 45 yards to level it for Kildare but the balls cannons off the upright and Monaghan clear.

Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-25
70 mins – Three minutes of added time.

Sub: Eamonn Callaghan comes on for Kildare for Moolick.

Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-26
71 mins – What a score from Tom Morrissey and Limerick lead!

Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-27
72 mins – Gillane converts a free and Limerick lead by two with 35 seconds remaining!

Monaghan 0-14 Kildare 1-9
70 mins – And Conor McManus hooks over a shot to send Monaghan ahead by two! Five minutes of injury time to be played.

Monaghan 0-14 Kildare 1-10
71 mins – Kildare refusing to wilt, sub Eamonn Callaghan weaves a path forward to point.

Sub: Cathal McNally in for Kildare for Neil Flynn.

Incredible game of hurling. Limerick are through to an All-Ireland semi-final date with Cork at Croke Park after their first championship win over Kilkenny in 45 years.

74 mins – Free in to Monaghan, 45 yards out. Beggan to take.

And Beggan points it, that should be the insurance effort.

Monaghan 0-15 Kildare 1-10

Monaghan get over the finish line in front, a tight and tough battle where they prevailed by two points.

Ultimately Monaghan were just the better side, Kildare could not find a way to edge in front when it was level on a couple of occasions in the second half. That’ll give Monaghan great confidence as they get set to entertain Kerry next Sunday in Clones. Kildare will welcome Galway to Newbridge.

So that’s it from our first lot of games for the day. The Limerick hurlers march on to an All-Ireland semi-final while Kilkenny bow out. Monaghan and Kildare will be back in action next weekend. Emma Duffy will be keeping an eye on the Galway against Kerry game at 4pm in the Super 8s, follow that here. 

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