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Good afternoon, folks. Welcome along to our match tracker for the two Leinster Championship games that are due to get started at 2pm (a separate tracker will follow later for the Limerick v Clare, Dublin v Kildare, and Armagh v Cavan fixtures).

We’ll be focusing on the meeting of Kilkenny and Galway at Nowlan Park in the hurling round robin, as well as keeping an eye on events at Croke Park, where Meath and Laois will clash to become the first team to advance to this year’s Leinster senior football decider.

Stick with us for updates from both games.

In the Leinster senior football semi-final, here’s how the teams are due to line out:

Meath: Andrew Colgan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, Shane Gallagher; James McEntee, Donal Keogan, Gavin McCoy; Bryan Menton, Adam Flanagan; Cillian O’Sullivan, Bryan McMahon, Ben Brennan; Sean Tobin, Michael Newman, Thomas O’Reilly.

Laois: Graham Brody; Stephen Attride, Denis Booth, Gareth Dillon; Sean O’Flynn, Robert Pigott, Patrick O’Sullivan; John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis; Daniel O’Reilly, Conor Boyle, Damien O’Connor; Paul Kingston, Colm Murphy, Evan O’Carroll.

And here are the Kilkenny and Galway hurling teams:

Kilkenny: Darren Brennan; Paul Murphy (Danesfort), Huw Lawlor, Tommy Walsh; Conor Fogarty, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Alan Murphy, Richie Leahy; Adrian Mullen, Billy Ryan, TJ Reid; Bill Sheehan, Colin Fennelly, Ger Aylward.

Galway: Colm Callanan; John Hanbury, Daithí Burke, Aidan Harte; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Joseph Cooney; Seán Loftus, David Burke; Cathal Mannion, Jonathan Glynn, Adrian Tuohy; Conor Whelan, Jason Flynn, Brian Concannon.

The action is underway.

Galway 0-0 Kilkenny 0-0

Jason Flynn misses with a long-range free for Galway.

Meath 0-0 Laois 0-0

Galway 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0

Cathal Mannion puts Galway ahead.

Meath 0-1 Laois 0-0

Meath take an early lead through Seamus Lavin.

Kilkenny 0-2 Galway 0-1

Kilkenny draw level through Bill Sheehan, before TJ Reid pushes them ahead.

Meath 0-1 Laois 0-0

Kilkenny 0-2 Galway 0-2

Paul Murphy is booked for a foul on Jason Flynn, who then slots over the free.

Meath 0-1 Laois 0-0

Kilkenny 0-2 Galway 0-2

A scuffle involving players from both sides results in a yellow card for Kilkenny’s Adrian Mullen.

Meath 0-1 Laois 0-0

Kilkenny 0-3 Galway 0-2

TJ Reid plucks one from the air before slotting over for the Cats.

Meath 0-1 Laois 0-0

Still just the one score so far at Croke Park.

Kilkenny 0-3 Galway 0-3

Superb score by Cathal Mannion on 10 minutes. 

Meath 0-1 Laois 0-0

GOAL! Galway 1-3 Kilkenny 0-3 (Conor Whelan, 11)

Galway 1-4 Kilkenny 0-3

Brilliant work by Conor Whelan, who gets by Paul Murphy before producing a clinical finish. Jason Flynn then increases Galway’s lead with a free.

Meath 0-1 Laois 0-0

Galway 1-5 Kilkenny 0-4

Galway now finding their rhythm as Adrian Tuohy opens his account. Bill Sheehan with a quick response for Kilkenny.

Meath 0-1 Laois 0-0

Galway 1-5 Kilkenny 0-5

Excellent score from Billy Ryan to reduce the deficit.

Meath 0-1 Laois 0-1

Laois up and running at Croke Park thanks to an Evan O’Carroll free in the 15th minute.

GOAL! Kilkenny 1-5 Galway 1-5 (TJ Reid, 16)

Kilkenny 1-6 Galway 1-5

Colin Fennelly plays in TJ Reid, who finishes to the net emphatically, before Richie Leahy pushes the home side into the lead.

Meath 0-2 Laois 0-1

James Conlon has restored Meath’s advantage.

Kilkenny 1-6 Galway 1-5

Goal chance for Galway but Darren Brennan makes a vital save to deny Conor Whelan.

Meath 0-3 Laois 0-1

Another point from James Conlon for the Royals at Croke Park, where 18 minutes have been played.

Kilkenny 1-7 Galway 1-6

Outstanding Alan Murphy score for Kilkenny from wide on the right. Cathal Mannion hits right back for Galway.

Meath 0-4 Laois 0-3

Evan O’Carroll gets a second free for Laois. James Conlon scores again for Meath, before Colm Murphy responds.

Kilkenny 1-8 Galway 1-6

Kilkenny goalkeeper Darren Brennan converts a free from deep inside his own half.

Meath 0-4 Laois 0-4

Laois draw level after Colm Murphy gets his second in a row from play.

Kilkenny 1-8 Galway 1-8

Jason Flynn levels the scores.

Meath 0-5 Laois 0-4

Meath back in front thanks to James Conlon, who now has 0-4.

Galway 1-9 Kilkenny 1-9

Cathal Mannion put Galway back in front, but they’re quickly level again thanks to TJ Reid.

Meath 0-5 Laois 0-4

Galway 1-11 Kilkenny 1-9

A lovely score from Conor Whelan sees Galway regain the lead, and Cathal Mannion then increases it. Five minutes to half-time.

Meath 0-5 Laois 0-5

Evan O’Carroll converts a free to make it a draw game again at Croke Park.

Galway 1-11 Kilkenny 1-9

Just after hitting a wide, Adrian Mullen has been replaced by Richie Hogan.

Meath 0-5 Laois 0-5

Galway 1-12 Kilkenny 1-9

Magical hurling from Cathal Mannion to push Galway into a three-point lead.

Meath 0-5 Laois 0-5

GOAL! Meath 1-5 Laois 0-5 (Bryan Menton, 30)

Galway 1-13 Kilkenny 1-10

Playing in this first half with the wind at their backs, Galway move further ahead through Brian Concannon, but Billy Ryan then brings the gap back to three.

Meath 1-6 Laois 0-7

Donie Kingston gets his first point since coming on for Laois, Bryan McMahon responds for Meath, before Daniel O’Reilly scores for Laois.

Half-time: Galway 1-13 Kilkenny 1-10

GOAL! Meath 2-6 Laois 0-7 (Michael Newman, 35+1)

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-7

On the stroke of half-time, Meath open up a five-point lead as Michael Newman finds the net with a penalty.

Half-time: Meath 2-6 Laois 0-7

Bryan Menton scores the first goal Bryan Menton scores Meath's first goal. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Huw Lawlor with Conor Whelan Kilkenny's Huw Lawlor in pursuit of Conor Whelan of Galway. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Galway 1-14 Kilkenny 1-10

Johnny Coen increases Galway’s lead after just 28 seconds of the second half.

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-7

Galway 1-14 Kilkenny 1-11

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid makes no mistake with a free.

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-7

Galway 1-15 Kilkenny 1-11

Brian Concannon gets his second of the day for Galway. Fine score.

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-7

Galway 1-15 Kilkenny 1-11

From a difficult angle, Jason Flynn hits another free wide. 2/6 for him so far today from placed-balls.

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-7

Galway 1-15 Kilkenny 1-12

TJ Reid nails a 65, which was coughed up cheaply by Daithí Burke.

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-7

Galway 1-17 Kilkenny 1-12

Cathal Mannion gets his sixth point from play. David Burke then adds a brilliant score to leave five between the teams.

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-8

Donie Kingston from play, the first point of the second half at Croke Park.

Galway 1-17 Kilkenny 1-13

Billy Ryan capitalises on sloppy Galway defending to take his tally to 0-3. 

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-8

Galway 1-17 Kilkenny 1-13

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-9

A Kingston free reduces the gap to three points.

Galway 1-18 Kilkenny 1-13

Excellent Conor Whelan score from a very tight angle. He’s been outstanding (again) today.

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-9

RED CARD! Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy is shown a second yellow card by referee Colm Lyons for a foul on Brian Concannon, and the Cats are down to 14 men.

Galway 1-19 Kilkenny 1-14

Cathal Mannion takes over free-taking duties for Galway and scores with his first attempt, before TJ Reid responds for Kilkenny.

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-9

GOAL! Galway 2-19 Kilkenny 1-14 (Brian Concannon, 50)

Galway 2-19 Kilkenny 1-16

After being picked out by a brilliant Jason Flynn pass, Brian Concannon gets Galway’s second goal. A goal chance follows for Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly but Colm Callanan makes an outstanding save to push it over the bar. TJ Reid then adds a point.

Meath 2-6 Laois 0-9

13 second-half minutes played at Croke Park and Meath still haven’t scored since before the interval.

Galway 2-19 Kilkenny 1-17

Lovely score by Paddy Deegan. Kilkenny aren’t out of this yet.

Meath 2-7 Laois 0-9

Michael Newman opens Meath’s second-half account with a free.

Cillian O'Sullivan and Gareth Dillon Meath's Cillian O'Sullivan takes on Gareth Dillon of Laois. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Ger Aylward with Aidan Harte Aidan Harte of Galway and Kilkenny's Ger Aylward battle for possession. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Galway 2-20 Kilkenny 1-17

Johnny Glynn gets Galway’s first score since the Brian Concannon goal.

Meath 2-10 Laois 0-10

A flurry of scores at Croker: Cillian O’Sullivan with two points for Meath, Bryan McMahon also chips in. Donie Kingston for Laois.

GOAL! Galway 2-20 Kilkenny 2-17 (TJ Reid, 59)

GOAL! Galway 3-20 Kilkenny 2-17 (Johnny Coen, 60)

RED CARD! It’s all happening at Nowlan Park. TJ Reid and Johnny Coen trade goals, before Galway’s John Hanbury is shown a straight red card for a high tackle on Ger Aylward. Eight minutes left to play.

Galway 3-20 Kilkenny 2-19

The gap is down to four points after two quickfire scores from TJ Reid.

Meath 2-11 Laois 0-10

James Conlon increases Meath’s lead.

GOAL! Meath 3-11 Laois 0-10 (Bryan Menton, 60)

Meath 3-11 Laois 0-10

A second goal from Bryan Menton and that’s surely Meath safely through to the Leinster final with 10 minutes left on the clock

RED CARD! Kilkenny reduced to 13 men as Ger Aylward is shown a second yellow card.

Galway 3-20 Kilkenny 2-20

TJ Reid converts a free for Kilkenny. Only a puck of a ball separates the teams with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Meath 3-12 Laois 0-10

Graham Reilly scores from play for the Royals.

Galway 3-20 Kilkenny 2-21

TJ Reid points a free, leaving two points between the teams in stoppage time. 

Meath 3-12 Laois 0-11

Ross Munnelly scores from play for Laois.

Galway 3-20 Kilkenny 2-22

Richie Leahy slots over for Kilkenny. What a finish!

Meath 3-12 Laois 0-11

FULL-TIME: Galway 3-20 Kilkenny 2-22

A huge win for Galway to kickstart their championship campaign. What a game!

Meath 3-13 Laois 0-11

Donal Keogan chips in for Meath in stoppage time.

FULL-TIME: Meath 3-13 Laois 0-11

Meath have booked their place in the Leinster senior football final, where they’ll face the winners of today’s meeting of Dublin and Kildare.

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