Following a highly exciting hurling championship in 2013 the 2014 version has started with a bang. Waterford and Cork have already played a draw with Limerick edging out Tipperary in another thriller last weekend. In Leinster a gallant Laois effort came up just short against Galway while Wexford put up an impressive score in their tie with Antrim.
Kilkenny enter the fray this weekend when Brian Whelehan's Offaly come calling to Nowlan Park for Sky Sports first televised game.
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Tickets are on sale at the usual Centra and Supervalu outlets right across the county.
The Kilkenny team will be announced here this evening Thursday after 9pm.
The eagerly awaited Leinster Senior Hurling Quarter-Final between Kilkenny and Offaly is now just over two weeks away. Kilkenny will be home to Offaly on Saturday 7th June with a 7pm throw in. Details of ticket prices, which are already on sale at the usual Centra and Supervalu outlets, can be found by clicking on Read More below. Supporters are asked to note that children will require tickets for this fixture. This will be the first game being televised by Sky Sport this year.
After the drawn game the big question for many was could Dublin sustain the same performance for a second week running. Right from the start the answer was quite clear as Anthony Daly's Dubs continued where they left off and put a brave Kilkenny side under enormous pressure right throughout the field. Played in ideal conditions this game was worthy of an All Ireland Final. Dublin finished the first half 4 points to the good (0-11 to 0-7) and should have been further ahead as they were guilty of some misses from frees nearing half time. By that stage Kilkenny had replaced both Michael Rice and Cillian Buckley. But a Danny Sutcliffe goal in the 53rd minute, following an amazing goal line clearance from Lester Ryan, was to prove the difference between the sides. Dublin now move on to play Galway in the Leinster Final next Sunday while Kilkenny will host Tipperary in a massive game in Nowlan Park next Saturday. Watch out for time and ticket details on this site. Click on Read More below for brief match report courtesy gaa.ie. For photos, courtesy Martin Rowe and Willie Dempsey click HERE
The Kilkenny team to play Dublin in Saturday evening's replay shows 3 changes from the starting line-up from the drawn game. Jackie Tyrrell returns to the full back line in place of the injured Paul Murphy while T J Reid and Aidan Fogarty will start on Saturday with Lester Ryan and Colin Fennelly dropping down to the subs bench. For full team click on Read More below.
Tickets will continue to be on sale at the Supermarket outlets all around Kilkenny County.
"Nothing Beats Being There"
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.