The Kilkenny Minor and Senior Teams to play Dublin in the Leinster Hurling Finals in Croke Park were announced after training sessions in Kilkenny this evening.
The Senior Team sees three changes from the side that defeated Galway in the semi-final replay. David Herity replaces Eoin Murphy on goal but the good news for Kilkenny is that Eoin has made a good recovery from injury and takes his place on the subs bench. Walter Walsh replaces Tommy Walsh and John Power replaces Aidan Fogarty.
Meanwhile the Kilkenny Minor panel were dealt a blow this week when Ballyhale's Darren Mullen suffered a bad knee injury. His place on the team has been filled by Pat Lyng of the Rower Inistioge.
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Ticket arrangements for next Sunday's Leinster Final in Croke Park have been announced.
There will be a Public Sale of tickets in Nowlan Park on Thursday night from 8pm to 9pm
The senior game throws in at 4pm and is preceded by the Electric Ireland Minor Final also between Kilkenny and Dublin. Please click on Read More below for all ticket details.
Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17
In front of a sell out crowd at sunny Tullamore on Saturday evening Kilkenny eventually saw off the challenge of a dogged Galway with T J Reid again picking up a man of the match performance. There was little between the sides in the opening half with Kilkenny turning over just two points ahead 1-11 to 1-9. Kilkenny started strongly on the resumption with 4 unanswered points. But Galway continued to bring the game to Kilkenny. A Joe Canning side line cut reduced the margin to 3 points 10 minutes in. An Aidan Fogarty goal in the 53rd minute appeared to be decisive but again Galway found themselves just 4 in arrears entering the final 5 minutes. But this weekend the ending was different with T J Reid capping a fine performance with his second goal as time ran out. Kilkenny now meet Dublin in the Leinster Final in Croke Park next Sunday with the same two teams meeting in the Minor decider. Galway head to Semple Stadium next Saturday evening to play Tipperary in the Qualifiers.
For match report, courtesy GAA.ie, click HERE
For images of the day, courtesy Willie Dempsey, click HERE
For images of the day, courtesy Martin Rowe, click HERE
The Kilkenny Team for tomorrow's sell out replay will not be finalised until before throw in.
Meanwhile the Leinster Council has announced that the game is now a complete sell out. They have stressed that there will be no tickets on sale in Tullamore on Saturday and the Gardai have warned supporters are not to travel without tickets.
All the Stand Tickets for Saturday's replay have now been sold. There are still Terrace tickets available at €10 (Adults) and €3 (Under 16's) from the usual Centra and Supervalu outlets. The Terrace in O Connor Park Tullamore runs the full length of O' Connor Park and is stepped and barriered.
Throw In is at 7pm. The Kilkenny team will be announced as usual on this website on Friday evening after 9pm.