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Good evening, and welcome along to The42‘s live coverage of today’s Leinster SHC semi-final meeting of Wexford and Kilkenny at Innovative Wexford Park.

With throw-in at 7pm (Live on Sky Sports 3), there’s all to play for with a provincial final spot on the line.

We’ll be providing you with updates here and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the game. You can tweet us @the42_ie, or leave a comment below.

Here’s how the teams are named to start, as per programme. We’ll keep you updated on any late changes though.

Kilkenny

1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)

2. Robert Lennon (Bennettsbridge)
3. Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan)
4. Conor O’Shea (Clara)

5. Conor Fogarty (Erin’s Own)
6. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)
7. Kieran Joyce (Rower Inistioge)

8. Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro)
9. Paddy Deegan (O’Loughlin Gaels)

10. Lester Ryan (Clara)
11. Walter Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon)
12. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

13. Ger Aylward (Glenmore)
14. Richie Hogan (Danesfort)
15. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

Wexford

1. Mark Fanning (Glynn Barntown)

2. Simon Donohoe (Shelmaliers)
3. Liam Ryan (Rapparees)
4. James Breen (Adamstown)

5. Shaun Murphy (Oulart-The-Ballagh)
6. Matthew Hanlon (St James)
7. Diarmuid O’Keeffe (St Anne’s)

8. Eanna Martin (Carrickshock)
9. Aidan Nolan (Half-Way-House/Bunclody)

10. Jack O’Connor (St Martin’s)
11. David Redmond ( (Oulart-The-Ballagh)
12. Harry Kehoe (Cloughbawn)

13. Conor McDonald (Naomh Eanna
14. Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers)
15. Paul Morris (Ferns St Aidan’s)

Two changes for Wexford - Willie Devereux starts in place of Eanna Martin, while Jack Guiney is in for David Redmond.

Kilkenny start as per programme.

And we’re underway.

1Mins

Penalty to Kilkenny from their first attack!

1Mins

Kilkenny 1-0 Wexford 0-0

TJ Reid rattles the net.

3Mins

Reid has the chance to tag on a free, but puts it wide.

5Mins

Lee Chin has a free at the other end, but hits Wexford’s second wide.

7Mins

Kilkenny 1-0 Wexford 0-1

Diarmuid O’Keeffe gets Wexford off the mark with a lovely point.

8Mins

Kilkenny 1-0 Wexford 0-2

Liam Ryan doubles Wexford’s tally with a superb score, much to the crowd’s delight.

9Mins

Kilkenny 1-0 Wexford 0-3

Chin makes no mistake this time and opens his account. We’re level for the first time.

12Mins

Kilkenny 1-0 Wexford 0-4

Jack Guiney puts Wexford ahead with an incredible point.

12Mins

Paul Morris and Richie Hogan Wexford's Paul Morris and Richie Hogan of Kilkenny in action. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

13Mins

Kilkenny 1-0 Wexford 0-5

Wexford have really come into this game, and Jack O’Connor hits his side’s fifth in-a-row.

15Mins

Lester Ryan sees yellow for what looks like a slap, while TJ Reid misses another free. Frustration for the Cats.

16Mins

Kilkenny 1-1 Wexford 0-5

Ryan scores his side’s first since the opening penalty.

19Mins

Kilkenny 1-2 Wexford 0-5

Fennelly’s goal chance was stopped on the line, but the referee signaled advantage before the shot was struck. Reid splits the post with the free.

21Mins

Kilkenny 1-3 Wexford 0-6

McDonald’s point edges the hosts back in front, but Reid cancels the effort out with another free.

24Mins

Kilkenny 1-3 Wexford 0-8

McDonald drills a free over the bar, the goal chance was on but the Kilkenny defence were happy to sacrifice a free. Lee Chin adds another long range free.

26Mins

Kilkenny 1-3 Wexford 0-9

Aylward sees yellow for a foul on Sean Murphy, while McDonalds tags on another free. Wexford are up by three. They’re playing with a strong wind.

29Mins

Just four scores from 15 attempts for Kilkenny here, some disappointing wides. Liam Blanchfield is coming on for Padraig Walsh — a serious injury doubt coming into this game.

31Mins

Kilkenny 1-3 Wexford 0-10

Four point lead for Wexford, McDonald splits the posts with another free. David Redmond is set to come on for Jack O’Connor.

35Mins

Kilkenny 1-4 Wexford 0-11

Chris Bolger is on for Aylward, while Paddy Deegan and Lee Chin exchange scores. Chin adds another sweetly-struck score, and Wexford are up by four again.

36Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Wexford 0-12

Reid brings his tally to 1-3 with another free, but Paul Morris cancels it out at the other end. Deep into second minute of stoppage time now.

37Mins

Half-time score:

Kilkenny 1-5 Wexford 0-12

39Mins

Attendance in Wexford Park is 18,467.

Harry Kehoe and Kieran Joyce Wexford's Harry Kehoe and Kieran Joyce of Kilkenny. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

 

James Breen and Diarmuid O’Keefe with Paddy Deegan Wexford's James Breen and Diarmuid O’Keefe with Paddy Deegan of Kilkenny Source: James Crombie/INPHO

35Mins

And we’re off again.

38Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Wexford 0-13

Paul Morris opens the second half scoring.

38Mins

GOAL for Wexford!

39Mins

Kilkenny 1-5 Wexford 1-13

David Redmond finishes it off after a scramble around the goal.

41Mins

Kilkenny 1-6 Wexford 1-13

TJ Reid records another free to keep the Cats in touch.

42Mins

Kilkenny 1-7 Wexford 1-13

Colin Fennelly has been causing problems all evening for the Wexford defence, but they keep pulling him down. Liam Ryan is booked for persistent fouling. Reid adds another free.

45Mins

Kilkenny 1-8 Wexford 1-13

Scrappy play in the Wexford defence and Walter Walsh punishes with a fine score.

47Mins

Kilkenny have hit the last three points of this game, and they’re building some momentum again. Wexford have a nice system of their own going, Lee Chin has been brilliant so far.

47Mins

Kilkenny 1-8 Wexford 1-14

Paul Morris with his third from play.

49Mins

Kilkenny 1-9 Wexford 1-15

TJ Reid and Conor McDonald exchange frees. Robert Lennon is booked for his foul on Morris.

52Mins

Kilkenny 1-9 Wexford 1-16

Super block from Cillian Buckley to deny Jack Guiney, who nearly had a second goal for Wexford. Chin tags on another score.

52Mins

GOAL for Kilkenny!

54Mins

Kilkenny 2-9 Wexford 1-16

It looked like Mark Fanning had deflected it over the bar, but it ends up in the back of the net. Could this be the lifeline the Cats need?

55Mins

PENALTY for Kilkenny!

56Mins

Kilkenny 3-9 Wexford 1-16

Fennelly dragged down, and Reid rattles the net yet again. 2-6 for him. It’s game on!

57Mins

Kilkenny 3-9 Wexford 1-17

This game has really come alive. Wexford needed a response after two huge goals at the other end, and Chin inspires with a massive point.

62Mins

Scramble around the goal as Kilkenny are on the attack, but Wexford deal with the threat accordingly. Meanwhile, Shane Tomkins has come on for Aidan Nolan, and Podge Doran replaces Harry Kehoe.

62Mins

Colin Fennelly and Shaun Murphy Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly and Shaun Murphy of Wexford. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

62Mins

Kilkenny 3-10 Wexford 1-17

Lester Ryan makes it a one point game.

64Mins

Kilkenny 3-10 Wexford 1-18

Chin puts two between the sides. Kevin Kelly is in for Kilkenny.

66Mins

Kilkenny 3-10 Wexford 1-18

Conor McDonald misses a free, which would have put three in the difference. A big moment at this late stage. Kevin Foley is in for Morris.

66Mins

Kilkenny 3-10 Wexford 1-19

Matthew Hanlon delivers a huge score for Wexford.

68Mins

Richie Reid, Kilkenny’s sub goalkeeper, has come on in the forward line. His brother, TJ was nearly in on goal there, but the Wexford defence deliver again.

70Mins

Kilkenny 3-11 Wexford 1-19

TJ Reid with a free to put two between the sides again.

71Mins

Kilkenny 3-11 Wexford 1-20

Substitute Shane Tomkins fires it over the bar. Meanwhile, it’s a Kilkenny 65 at the other end. Fanning gets his body in the way of a goal chance.

71Mins

We’re into the final minute of stoppage time. Free out to Wexford.

72Mins

Kilkenny 3-11 Wexford 1-20

Wexford are fouled in front of the goal, Conor O’Shea sees yellow. McDonald misses the free though, should be game over.

72Mins

Game over!

73Mins

Full-time score:

Kilkenny 3-11 Wexford 1-20

Huge, huge night for Wexford hurling. The scenes in Wexford Park are incredible!

79Mins

So that’s that. A first Leinster final in nine years for Wexford. Davy Fitz will be back on the line for the Leinster decider, where they’ll face either Offaly or Galway.

Brian Cody’s Kilkenny head for the qualifiers.

80Mins

That’s all from me, but you can read a full match report on The42 in the coming minutes. Thanks for tuning in. Until next time!

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Emma Duffy

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