Kilkenny v Limerick

Can the Cats step up to overcome a tough test and ensure their Championship isn't over in July?

RuaidhrĂ­ Croke Sat, Jul 1
 
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  • 18:41
    Good evening and welcome to The Irish Times liveblog of a busy day of GAA qualifier action. I'm Ruaidhri Croke and I'll be with you for the next few hours with the main focus on Kilkenny v Limerick. Fear not though, if you're a supporter of any of the other counties in action this evening I will be keeping you up to date around the grounds. You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog or you can get me on Twitter @Ruaidhri_Croke. Team news on the way!
  • 18:42

    KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh, Joey Holden; Conor Fogarty, Cillian Buckley, Joe Lyng; Michael Fennelly, Paddy Deegan; Chris Bolger, Walter Walsh, TJ Reid; Richie Hogan, Colin Fennelly, Ge Aylward.

    LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Richie McCarthy, Mike Casey; Dan Morrissey, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Paul Browne, Darragh O'Donovan; David Dempsey, Cian Lynch, Gearoid Hegarty; Peter Casey, Shane Dowling, Kyle Hayes.

  • 19:01
    The game is underway at a sun-drenched Nowlan Park as Declan Hannon opens with a wide for Limerick.
  • 19:03
    3 mins: Kilkenny 0-2 Limerick 0-0 - TJ Reid opens the scoring for a free which he won and Paddy Deegan follows up with one from play.
  • 19:04
    4 mins:  Limerick's Shane Dowling just can't stretch to a lovely though ball and his hurl goes flying along the ground.
  • 19:06

    6 mins:  Kilkenny 0-2 Limerick 0-1 - Shane Dowling gets Limerick on the scoreboard with a free. Frentic start to the game.  

  • 19:07
    Laois are three points up on Dublin in the early stages at Parnell Park.
  • 19:08

    8 mins: Kilkenny 0-2 Limerick 0-1:  Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy bombs a free into the Limerick square but it rolls out over the line.    

  • 19:09

    9 mins: Kilkenny 0-2 Limerick 0-1 - Dowling sends his free wide and Limerick are totting up the errors already.  

  • 19:10

    10 mins: Kilkenny 0-3 Limerick 0-2 - No such problems for TJ Reid as he slots over his second free. Kyle Hayes scores to keep Limerick a point behind.  

  • 19:12

    11 mins: Kilkenny 0-4 Limerick 0-2 -  Chris Bolger taps a point over the bar when bearing down on goal. Colin Fennelly was completely free and a goal chance is missed for Kilkenny.

  • 19:13
    12 mins: Nasty collision between Walter Walsh and Paul Browne. The Limerick player is back up but Walsh is receiving attention from the physio.  
  • 19:14
    And Walsh gets back on his feet to an ovation from the Nowlan Park crowd.
  • 19:15

    14 mins: Kilkenny 0-4 Limerick 0-2 - Richie Hogan with a poor wide from a shot out on the right.    

  • 19:16

    Limerick with six wides in the first 15 minutes. Scrappy old game so far.

  • 19:18

    18 mins: Kilkenny 0-4 Limerick 0-2 - Plenty of action in the middle third where Limerick are giving as good as they get. They have to improve their accuracy, now have seven wides to Kilkenny's two.    

  • 19:19

    19 mins: Kilkenny 0-4 Limerick 0-3 -  Gearoid Hegarty gets the crosshairs sorted to get his first point

  • 19:20
    Laois now two clear of Dublin (0-8 to 0-6) at Parnell Park
  • 19:22
    22 mins: Plenty of handling errors on both sides with the game yet to settle into a pattern.  
  • 19:23
    22 mins: Kilkenny 0-4 Limerick 0-4 - Yellow card for Walter Walsh for a late shoulder on Séamus Hickey. And Dowling levels the game up.
  • 19:25

    24 mins: Kilkenny 0-5 Limerick 0-5:Michael Fennelly with a chance and Limerick keeper  Nickie Quaid fumbles the ball. Reid knocks over another point but Peter Casey with a great point for Limerick to tie it up again.  

  • 19:26
    Dublin now lead by a point (0-9 to 0-8) against Laois.
  • 19:26
    10 minutes to go in the first half at Nowlan Park and it's all square at 5 points apiece between Kilkenny and Limerick.
  • 19:27
    27 mins:  Kilkenny 0-6 Limerick 0-5 - Walter Walsh with a barnstorming run and point to put the Cats one up again.    

     

  • 19:30
    29 mins: Kilkenny 0-7 Limerick 0-5 -  Cian Lynch with another side for Limerick, nine in total now for the men in green. Paddy Deegan puts Kilkenny two points up on the half hour mark.
  • 19:32
    31 mins: 12 wides now for Limerick as Dowling's free is off target and Declan Hannon also misses the target.
  • 19:32
    Dublin stretch their lead to 2 points over Laois (0-11 to 0-9)
  • 19:34

    33 mins: Kilkenny 0-9 Limerick 0-6 - Walter Walsh with the score of the game from wide on the right with two Limerick players for comapany. Hayes narrow the margin again with his second point.  But Walsh has hit full speed and makes it a third point. Lively close to the half.

  • 19:35

    35 mins: Kilkenny 0-9 Limerick 0-6 - Walter Walsh's effort falls short and Quaid makes the catch under his bar.  

  • 19:36

    35 + 1 mins: Kilkenny 0-9 Limerick 0-7 - Shane Dowling with a free for Limerick and it's a two-point game.  

  • 19:37

    i35+ 2 mins: Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-7 - TJ Reid grabs a point straight away to increase it to three again.  

  • 19:38

    37 + 3 mins: Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-8:  Gearoid Hegarty with a peach of a point for Limerick and they are staying in touch here.

  • 19:39

    Half-time: Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-8  

  • 19:39
    Half-time: Dublin 0-12 Laois 0-11
  • 19:40
  • 19:48

    AROUND THE GROUNDS

    Football: Donegal 0-12 Longford 0-7 (FT), Laois 0-14 Clare 2-18 (FT), Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13 (FT), Meath 0-14 Sligo 1-9 (FT).

    Hurling: Dublin 0-12 Laois 0-11 (HT), Tipperary 2-18 Westmeath 0-15 (FT), Offaly 0-14 Waterford 1-35 (FT).

  • 19:56
    36 mins: The second half is underway in Nowlan Park! (Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-8)
  • 19:57
    37 mins: Limerick make the perfect start to the second half with a lovely point from Peter Casey.  (Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-9)
  • 19:58

    38 mins: What a point from Paddy Deegan!

    On the left sideline he takes a sideline ball from TJ Reid before swivelling and firing over a superb point.  (Kilkenny 0-11 Limerick 0-9)

  • 20:00

    AROUND THE GROUNDS

    Football: Donegal 0-12 Longford 0-7 (FT), Laois 0-14 Clare 2-18 (FT), Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13 (FT), Meath 0-14 Sligo 1-9 (FT).

    Hurling: Dublin 1-14 Laois 0-13, Tipperary 2-18 Westmeath 0-15 (FT), Offaly 0-14 Waterford 1-35 (FT).

  • 20:00

    40 mins: Kilkenny pulling away a little bit now as TJ Reid adds another free to make it a three point game.

    However, Limerick answer straight back through Casey again. (Kilkenny 0-12 Limerick 0-10)

  • 20:02
    42 mins: Limerick aren't being intimidated at all and are pulling themselves right back into the game. A poor pass out of the square by Eoin Murphy is gobbled up by Sean Finn who finds Shane Dowling and he fires over.  (Kilkenny 0-12 Limerick 0-11)
  • 20:04
    44 mins: More great work from Dowling prevents Kilkenny from clearing and he's rewarded with a free. He steps up himself and fires over and we have a level game!  (Kilkenny 0-12 Limerick 0-12)
  • 20:07
    47 mins: The lead is Kilkenny's again after another bulleted TJ Reid free.  (Kilkenny 0-13 Limerick 0-12)
  • 20:10
    50 mins: From well inside his own half Eoin Murphy shoots for goal with a free but it flies wide. He may have been better off passing there.  (Kilkenny 0-13 Limerick 0-12)
  • 20:12

    AROUND THE GROUNDS

    Football: Donegal 0-12 Longford 0-7 (FT), Laois 0-14 Clare 2-18 (FT), Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13 (FT), Meath 0-14 Sligo 1-9 (FT).

    Hurling: Dublin 1-18 Laois 0-13, Tipperary 2-18 Westmeath 0-15 (FT), Offaly 0-14 Waterford 1-35 (FT).

  • 20:13
    52 mins: Kilkenny make it a two point game once again thanks to TJ Reid. Limerick look to answer straight back but James Ryan fires their 14th wide of the game. (Kilkenny 0-14 Limerick 0-12)
  • 20:14

    54 mins: But there are no wides from Dowling! He shows the rest of them how to do it with a lovely point.

    However, Kilkenny go straight up the other end and restore the two point advantage thanks to Colin Fennelly.  (Kilkenny 0-15 Limerick 0-13)

  • 20:17

    56 mins: What a save!

    Chris Volger went through on goal for Kilkenny and looked to fire a shot into the bottom corner but Nickie Quaid got down really well to save. It's recycled and pointed but Quaid has really saved his side there.  (Kilkenny 0-16 Limerick 0-13)

  • 20:18

    AROUND THE GROUNDS

    Football: Donegal 0-12 Longford 0-7 (FT), Laois 0-14 Clare 2-18 (FT), Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13 (FT), Meath 0-14 Sligo 1-9 (FT).

    Hurling: Dublin 1-22 Laois 0-13, Tipperary 2-18 Westmeath 0-15 (FT), Offaly 0-14 Waterford 1-35 (FT).

  • 20:22
    61 mins: What a point from Walter Walsh! He knocks down a high ball on the edge of the square, swivels and fires over. (Kilkenny 0-17 Limerick 0-13)
  • 20:24
    64 mins: Kilkenny are just beginning to pull away now at the crucial time with Kevin Kelly the latest to split the posts from a tough angle on the left.  (Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13)
  • 20:25

    AROUND THE GROUNDS

    Football: Donegal 0-12 Longford 0-7 (FT), Laois 0-14 Clare 2-18 (FT), Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13 (FT), Meath 0-14 Sligo 1-9 (FT).

    Hurling: Dublin 2-27 Laois 0-13, Tipperary 2-18 Westmeath 0-15 (FT), Offaly 0-14 Waterford 1-35 (FT).

  • 20:26
    66 mins: Limerick end an 11 minute barren spell with a successful Dowling free but it might just be too big of an ask for them now. (Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-14)
  • 20:29
    68 mins: Well, maybe, just maybe. Barry Nash's point means that there are just three points in it now as full time ticks closer. (Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-15)
  • 20:30
    69 mins: Make that two points thanks to Pat Ryan! Limerick aren't going away! (Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-16)
  • 20:31
    70 mins: But TJ Reid increases the Kilkenny lead at a crucial time with an excellent point!  (Kilkenny 0-19 Limerick 0-16)
  • 20:32
    70+1 mins: Dowling cuts it to two again with a free and there are still three minutes of additional time to play...  (Kilkenny 0-19 Limerick 0-17)
  • 20:32
    70+2 mins: But Kilkenny are keeping the cool heads! Lester Ryan is the latest to point.  (Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17)
  • 20:35
    70+4 mins: Limerick have a free with the last play of the game...  (Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17)
  • 20:35
    70+5 mins: And Kilkenny scramble it away!  (Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17)
  • 20:36
    FULL TIME: KILKENNY 0-20 LIMERICK 0-17
  • 20:38

    SATURDAY'S FULL TIME SCORES

    Football: Donegal 0-12 Longford 0-7 (FT), Laois 0-14 Clare 2-18 (FT), Mayo 2-21 Derry 1-13 (FT), Meath 0-14 Sligo 1-9 (FT).

    Hurling: Dublin 2-28 Laois 1-15 (FT), Tipperary 2-18 Westmeath 0-15 (FT), Offaly 0-14 Waterford 1-35 (FT), Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17 (FT).

  • 20:49

    So, the big three of Kilkenny, Waterford and Tipperary advance to the next round along with the Dubs.

    The draw will be made at 8.30am on Monday morning and make sure to tune in tomorrow for our live coverage of the Munster SFC final between Kerry and Cork, followed by the Leinster SHC final between Wexford and Galway.

    Thanks for reading, bye!