Kilkenny 0-26 Offaly 4-9
Kilkenny were made work all the way today in Tullamore before they eventually ran out with a 5 point victory over a fired up Offaly side. An Offaly goal within a minute really set up this contest and when they added a second 15 minutes later some in the 8000 strong crowd sensed a possible upset. But 8 unanswered points from the 30th minute gave Kilkenny a 5 point lead 10 minutes into the second half. Another Offaly goal merely stemmed the tide and Kilkenny were comfortable despite a fourth Offaly goal in injury time. There was a genuine welcome from all hurling followers for Brian Cody's return to the touch-line. However, despite progressing to the semi-final, where they will meet the winners of the Dublin v Wexford replay, he will no doubt be concerned by the concession of 4 goals in today's encounter. For brief match report, courtesy gaa.ie, click on Read More below. For more photos, courtesy Willie Dempsey and Martin Rowe, click HERE
For next Sunday’s opening Leinster Championship tie against Offaly Brian Cody has announced two changes on the Kilkenny team from the side that started in recent National Hurling League Final. Michael Fennelly is unavailable due to injury and is replaced by the fit again Richie Power. T J Reid makes his first competitive appearance since last year’s All Ireland Final with Cillian Buckley dropping down to the subs bench. Another plus for Kilkenny is the return of Richie Doyle to the match day panel after a long lay-off due to injury.
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The Kilkenny Team to play Offaly will be announced after training this evening Friday. Members of Kilkenny GAA Supporters Club will receive a text message with team as soon as it becomes available. It will also be posted on this website and on Kilkenny GAA/Kilkenny Supporters Club official Facebook and Twitter pages.
Meanwhile Stand and Terrace tickets are again available at the Supermarket outlets in Kilkenny City and County. Click on Read More below for details.
Tickets for Sunday's eagerly awaited championship opener v Offaly in Tullamore will go on public sale in Nowlan park this evening from 7pm to 9pm.
Stand: Adults €20 Juveniles €5
Terrace: Adults &emuro;10 Juveniles €3
Season Tickets, including Kilkenny Club Plus Cards, are valid for this game.
With just six days to go, the focus is now firmly on Sunday's championship opener against Offaly in Tullamore. Tickets are now on sale at Supermarket outlets in Kilkenny, Ballyraggett, Thomastown, Mooncoin and Graignamanagh.
Tickets will be on sale in Nowlan Park on Wednesday evening between 7pm and 9pm.
In addition the Leinster Council has made some very attractive ticket packages available to clubs for both Juvenile and Adult Members. Club Members can watch from the stands in Tullamore for as little as €15. Click on Read More for full details.
Season Ticket holders are also advised that their GAA Season Ticket is valid for the Tullamore game. This includes the Kilkenny Club Plus Ticket.
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