Kilkenny survived to fight another day when a T J Reid point in injury time earned them a replay against a fired up Dublin side. The sides will meet again in O'Moore Park next Saturday evening with a 7pm throw in. It looked very bleak for Kilkenny when a Joey Boland point in the 71st minute gave Dublin the lead . Kilkenny seemed to be in a very strong position at half time when the sides went in level at 8 points each Kilkenny having defended well against the very strong wind. Now it is back to Portlaoise on Saturday next. Click on Read More below for brief match report, courtesy GAA.ie, images of the day from Willie Dempsey and Martin Rowe and all your ticket details for replay. There will be a Public Sale of Tickets in Nowlan Park on Thursday night from 7pm to 8pm.
There are three changes on the Kilkenny Senior Team to play Dublin in the Leinster Semi-Final on Sunday in Portlaoise. Conor Fogarty replaces Jackie Tyrrell in defence whilst Cillian Buckley and Walter Walsh come in to the attack. Please note that throw in time is 3.50 and tickets are available at the usual supermarket outlets or outside the Ground on Sunday.
Pat Hoban has also announced the Minor team to take on Dublin in the Minor Semi-Final in Parnell Park tomorrow Saturday. For both teams click on Read More below.
Following Dublin's victory in the Quarter Final replay over Wexford on Saturday evening details of next Sunday's Semi-Final have now been announced. The game takes place in Portlaoise with a 3.30pm throw in. The game will be preceded by the Electric Ireland Minor Semi-Final between Laois and Wexford at 1.45pm. Meanwhile Kilkenny Minors play their semi-final with Dublin in Parnell Park on Saturday at 3pm.
There will be a Public Sale of Tickets in Nowlan Park on Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm. For full ticket details click on Read More below. Tickets will also be available from Supervalu outlets in Loughboy, Ballyraggett, Graignamanagh and Thomastown and Centra outlets in Ardnore and Mooncoin.
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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