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Kilkenny face Limerick in the SHC quarters while the Super 8s continue in Croke Park

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  • 13:27
    Hello and Welcome . . . The inaugural weekend of the Super 8s continues today, as Monaghan and Kildare, and Kerry and Galway do battle in a rainy Croke Park. And hopefully it'll be a lot more competitive than yesterday's encounters. Then in Thurles, Kilkenny and Limerick clash for the final place in the All-Ireland hurling semi-finals.

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    Let's get started!
  • 13:28

    Sunday's fixtures

    All-Ireland SFC Super 8s round 1
    Kerry v Galway, Croke Park, 4pm  
    Kildare v Monaghan, Croke Park, 2pm

    All-Ireland SHC quarter-final
    Kilkenny  v Limerick, Semple Stadium, 2pm  

  • 13:34

    Team news (2pm throw-ins)

    MONAGHAN SFC:  Rory Beggan; Kieran Duffy, Drew Wylie, Ryan Wylie; Fintan Kelly, Vinny Corey, Karl O'Connell; Niall Kearns, Darren Hughes; Ryan McAnespie, Shane Carey, Owen Duffy; Conor McCarthy, Jack McCarron, Conor McManus.  

    KILDARE SFC:  Mark Donnellan;  Peter Kelly, David Hyland, Mick O'Grady;  Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Kevin Flynn;  Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick;  Fergal Conway, Paul Cribbin, Keith Cribbin;  Neil  Flynn, Daniel Flynn, Paddy Brophy.

    KILKENNY SHC:  Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Joey Holden, Cillian Buckley, Enda Morrissey; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; Martin Keoghan, TJ Reid, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Colin Fennelly, Ger Aylward.

    LIMERICK SHC:  Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O'Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy.

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    * A late change to the Monaghan team - Dessie Mone in for Jack McCarron
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    "Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke admitted their lack of goals was a slight concern, given they produced six or seven chances, and if they allow Kildare to convert one or two here that could be difference."  Verdict:  Kildare

    Read Sean Moran's Super 8s previews here

    "No team that pulled back 11 of a 12-point deficit against Galway’s best performance of the year can be confidently dismissed. Limerick warmed the engine nicely in Carlow but now it’s time to hit the road."  Verdict:  Limerick

    And his preview of the hurling is here

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    Very hard to predict these games. Kildare are probably the form team in the country now and despite Monaghan’s quality, greater experience and the aggression they bring, they’ve consistently struggled to get past the last eight. A new structure of course this year but I think Kildare will edge it.

    In the hurling I think Limerick. Aside from the Clare game they were arguably the most impressive team in Munster and I expect them to put in a big performance in Thurles today!
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    Both matches are underway in Croker and Thurles!
  • 14:02
    Kildare 0-1 Monaghan 0-0 (2') Monaghan win the throw-in but their first attack comes to nothing. Kildare counter and win a free. Neil Flynn takes it from distance and off the ground he makes no mistake!
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    Kilkenny 0-1 Limerick 0-1 (5') Richie Hogan gets the scoring underway in Thurles, he made a big impact off the bench against Galway and is in from the start today. Seamus Flanagan responds
  • 14:07
    Kildare 0-1 Monaghan 0-2 (5') Two sublime scores for Monaghan. Conor McManus catches turns and drives a point over the bar. Then Niall Kearns floats one around the corner from distance.
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    Kildare 1-1 Monaghan 0-4 (7') GOAL! Feely drops into fullforward, it's worked to Daniel Flynn, he takes on his man (burns him) and then sticks it into the top left corner. His fourth goal of the summer. McManus gets one back straight away before Conor McCarthy curls a right footed shot over the bar under a lot of pressure. That's his weaker right foot

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    Kilkenny 0-4 Limerick 0-1 (10') James Maher's point is followed up by two TJ Reid frees. Limerick haven't got going yet and Kilkenny quietly building   a lead
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    Kilkenny 0-5 Limerick 0-3 (15') Aaron Gillane gets one back for Limerick before Richie Hogan opens up and drives his second point over the bar from distance. And then Kyle Hayes gets his name on the scoresheet

    Kildare 1-1 Monaghan 0-5 (14') A brilliant Johnny Byrne run ends in a dropped shot. Monaghan go down the other end and win a free which results in a Conor McManus free

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    Neill Flynn's second free attempt hits the inside of the post. Very unlucky
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    Kilkenny 0-7 Limerick 0-5 (19') It's opened up in Thurles. Points for Colin Fennelly and Hogan again. Graham Mulcahy and a beauty from back in his right half back zone from Diarmuid Byrnes keeps Limerick ticking

    Kildare 1-2 Monaghan 0-5 (18') Daniel Flynn again runs at the Monaghan defence and skins them. This time Rory Beggan tips his shot over the bar. Black card for Owen Duffy who earlier trpped Neil Flynn

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    Kilkenny 0-8 Limerick 0-6 (20')  Gillane and Maher exchange points. Kilkenny on top but the Limerick full forward line causing all sorts of bother whenever they get fed

    Kildare 1-2 Monaghan 0-7 (20') A Rory Beggan free is followed up by an outside of the right beauty from Karl O'Connell

  • 14:25

    Kilkenny 0-8 Limerick 0-8 (23')  Gillane adds another before Declan Hannan comes up to ping one over. Eoin Murphy is then sharp off his line to cut out a goal chance.

    Kildare 1-3 Monaghan 0-8 (23') Big Tommy Moolick's point is cancelled out by Shane Carey who went for goal from a tight angle but it blazes too high

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    Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-11 (26')  TJ Reid's free is cancelled out by Kyle Hayes' second of the afternoon. Then Gearoid Hegarty collects a crossfield ball down the right wing and keeps his composure to put Limerick in front (for a couple of seconds before James Maher's third point).

    Kildare 1-4 Monaghan 0-8 (28') Neil Flynn scores a free, this time out of his hands. He's got a lot of talent this lad!

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    Kilkenny 0-10 Limerick 0-12 (30')  Eoin Murphy has been excellent and he gets a touch to Hegarty's goal effort and it's deflected over the bar. Mulcahy then adds another Limerick point

    Kildare 1-4 Monaghan 0-10 (30') Conor McCarthy and Karl O'Connell both get their second points

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    Kilkenny 0-11 Limerick 0-14 (35')  Limerick go three points ahead after a Tom Morrissey effort from the sideline. Make that four after Darragh O'Donovan points from distance.  

    Conor Fogarty responds as Liam Blanchfield comes on for Pat Lyng

    Kildare 1-5 Monaghan 0-10 (34') Neil Flynn scores a classy point from a tricky angle. He's on form today

  • 14:38

    HT Kilkenny 0-12 Limerick 0-15  Aaron Gillane and Colin Fennelly exchange points before the half time whistle. What a finish to the half. End to end!

    HT Kildare 1-5 Monaghan 0-10  It's half time in Croke Park too. Monaghan have been so efficent. Just one wide. But there's nothing between the teams and there's been some fine scores in the wet conditions

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    All-Ireland SFC Super 8s round 1
    Kerry v Galway, Croke Park, 4pm  
    HT Kildare 1-5 Monaghan 0-10

    All-Ireland SHC quarter-final
    HT Kilkenny 0-12 Limerick 0-15

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    Kilkenny 0-12 Limerick 0-15  (36')  A Richie Hogan wide gets the second half underway in Thurles

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    Kilkenny 0-13 Limerick 0-15  (38')  TJ Reid scores a free, first score since the interval

    Kildare 1-5 Monaghan 0-10 (36')  Kildare win the throw in and we are underway again in Croke Park

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    Kilkenny 0-13 Limerick 0-16 (43')  Hegarty from about 50m out cuts across the field and points over his left shoulder

    Kildare 1-6 Monaghan 0-10 (41') Conor McManus (wide) and Neil Flynn (short) both miss frees before Fergal Conway curls over a nice point. The first point of the second half after six minutes

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    Kilkenny 0-15 Limerick 0-18  (49')  Another out of this world save by Eoin Murphy to tap Gillane's effort over the bar. Will Limerick pay the price for these missed goal chances as Gillane beats the ground with frustration. Blanchfield then cuts the deficit to four and a TJ Reid 65 makes it three

    Kildare 1-7 Monaghan 0-10 (46')  Four Monaghan wides so far in this second half. They only had one in the first half. Neil Flynn then collects a diagonal ball and scores off his left. Level game

  • 15:08
    Kildare have just taken off Paul Cribbin - bringing on Nial Kelly. He's not been in this at all but the big number 11 had been outstanding in recent weeks
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    Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-19  (53')  Three in a row for Kilkenny who have taken over after that missed goal chance by Limerick. The last of which is via Richie Leahy

    Kildare 1-8 Monaghan 0-11 (51') What pace by Karl O'Connell! He rips through the middle of the Kildare defence, goes for goal. It's easily saved but he's still quickest to the rebound and palms it over the bar first time. Johnny Byrne levels it up again

  • 15:16

    Kilkenny 0-19 Limerick 0-20  (57')  Mulcahy gives Limerick some breathing space, before a TJ Reid free from very close range makes it a one point game again.

    Kildare 1-8 Monaghan 0-11 (54') Some serious tackling and intensity but that final pass is letting both teams down

  • 15:20

    Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-22  (61')  Peter Casey comes on and scores immediately, before O'Donovan sends a sideline cut over the bar. Leahy gets one back for the Cats

    Kildare 1-8 Monaghan 0-12 (58') Rory Beggan joins the attack and at the end of a patient move it's worked back to Kieran Duffy and the corner back taps over a point

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    Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 0-24  (65')  Limerick make the strange decision to take off O'Donovan . . . Then Kilkenny score a GOAL! Richie Hogan is lurking at the edge of the square, his first touch is perfect. Into the hand and he keeps his shot low and under the Limerick 'keeper. Tom Morrissey and then Peter Casey respond before Shane Dowling puts Limerick back in front. What a response!!

    Kildare 1-9 Monaghan 0-12 (63') Kevin Feely's first point makes it a level game again

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    Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-25  (67')  We could be heading for extra time this is that close.

    Kildare 1-9 Monaghan 0-13 (67') Niall Kearns grabs his second point and he's having a fine season for Monaghan. Dermot Malone is on for Shane Carey

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    Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-27  (70')  Limerick go ahead and then grab an insurance point via a Gillane free. Kilkenny need a goal

  • 15:31

    Kildare 1-9 Monaghan 0-14 (69') Conor McManus doubles Monaghan's lead. Five minutes added on

  • 15:33

    FT Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-27  What a contest. End to end. Limerick do enough though and edge it for a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals against Cork.

    Kildare 1-10 Monaghan 0-14 (71') Eamon Callaghan shows all his experience and cuts the deficit to one point

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    Monaghan playng keep ball. Three minutes remain
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    Conor McManus wins a free, 45m out
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    Kildare 1-10 Monaghan 0-15 (74') Rory Beggan comes up and puts two in it

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    One last attack for Kildare and they have it on halfway
  • 15:37
    Chris Healy tries to take his man on rather than kick it into the square and loses it. But Kildare have it back
  • 15:37
    It's kicked into the square at last to Feely (they need a goal) but fisted away
  • 15:38
    FT Kildare 1-10 Monaghan 0-15  Monaghan have won it. Nothing between these two but that's a huge win for Monaghan. In terms of this Super 8s series, but it's also a win at last at this stage of the All-Ireland series.
  • 15:42

    All-Ireland SFC Super 8s round 1
    Kerry v Galway, Croke Park, 4pm  
    FT Kildare 1-10 Monaghan 0-15

    All-Ireland SHC quarter-final
    FT Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-27

  • 15:44
    Limerick's response to that Kilkenny goal was the key to their win. Three points in a row to regain the lead. The weekend's two Leinster v Munster clashes ended in wins for the Munster counties and the only Leinster team remaining now are Galway. From Connacht of course!
  • 15:47

    As for Monaghan, Conor McManus was superb as always. Kearns stood up but overall they just controlled the game more. Kildare never got to open up and the match was played on Monaghan's terms. Paul Cribbin never got into it as was the case for a number of their key men who have stood out in recent weeks. Daniel Flynn impressed again however but that wasn't enough.  

    Attention now though turns to Kerry v Galway

  • 15:48

    Team news:  

    KERRY:  Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian O Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Kevin McCarthy, Sean O'Shea, Stephen O'Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O'Donoghue.

    GALWAY:  Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh, David Wynne; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Thomas Flynn; Eamonn Brannigan, Barry McHugh, Sean Kelly; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.

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    "The pitch will suit Kerry’s pace and technique but Galway are also fast and skilful and with a tightening defensive structure. They do find scores harder to come by, though and that may be the difference."

    Sean Moran is predicting a Kerry win, as am I, and you can read his preview in full here

  • 15:59
    Barry Cassidy is the man in the middle in Croke Park for this second match. This week's GAA Statistics column compares the fitness of referees with club (and county) players using their GPS and testing data. Read it here
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    *Two Galway changes: Eoghan Kerin for David Wynne and Michael Daly for Barry McHugh  
  • 16:02
    Kerry 0-0 Galway 0-0 (1') Kerry win the throw-in via David Moran and we are underway!
  • 16:04
    Kerry 0-1 Galway 0-0 (3')  Kevin McCarthy was the only change to the Kerry team for this match. He exchanges passes with Paul Geaney and floats over the first point of the match
  • 16:07
    David Moran grabs Ruairi Lavelle's free from distance over the crossbar. Excellent fielding. You could hear a mouse in Croke Park it's that quiet. A flat start
  • 16:12
    Kerry 0-1 Galway 0-0 (10')  Galway's build up play has been good but their shooting not so much. Michael Daly hits the latest wide after a super pass from Gareth Bradshaw
  • 16:14
    Kerry 0-1 Galway 0-1 (12')  A soft free for a foul on Ian Burke. His legs were taken but it looked like a coming together more than anything else. Shane Walsh takes the free with his left, off the ground and Galway are off the mark at last
  • 16:15
    Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-1 (13')  David Clifford from a tight angle on the right wing, curls it right footed and just inside the left post.
  • 16:16
    Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-2 (14')  Ian Burke snaps up a break and quick as you like kicks it over the bar
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    Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-3 (17')  Paul Conroy starts the move with a short free off his left, ends it with a point off his right. Shane Murphy then sends his second kickout over the sideline
  • 16:22
    A big clash between Sean O'Shea and Paul Conroy, both went in hard for the ball and they are both down receiving treatment
  • 16:23
    Peter Cooke coming on for Conroy who looks to be in serious bother
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    Shane Murphy has kicked over the sideline again
  • 16:30
    Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-3 (29')  Very little to report. Shane Walsh hits another Galway wide as Paul Murphy does likewise down at the other end
  • 16:32
    Kerry 0-3 Galway 0-3 (31')  David Clifford gets his second point, off is left this time. In a very scrappy encounter he's had two shots and scored twice
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    Michael Daly from close range hits Galway's sixth wide, and they've also droped two shots short
  • 16:37
    Kerry 0-3 Galway 0-3 (35')  David Moran catches his second kickout in a row. As eight additional minutes are confirmed
  • 16:39
    Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-4 (37')  Shane Murphy makes up for some poor kickouts with a beautiful 45. In response Damien Comer finally gets a chance. He's out in front, wins it, turns and first time kicks it over the bar
  • 16:41
    Kerry 0-5 Galway 0-4 (39')  Paul Geaney takes a diagonal ball going into the right corner, cuts back in on his right foot and falling back he floats the ball over. Kerry ahead again
  • 16:42
    Kerry 0-5 Galway 0-5 (40')  Burke wins another free and Shane Walsh - who has been very quiet in general play - taps it over
  • 16:44
    Kerry 0-5 Galway 0-6 (42')  Great kickpass from Cooke to Comer, then Comer to Burke who rides the tackle and raises a white flag
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    HT Kerry 0-5 Galway 0-6 Conditions are far from ideal, and the stoppage in play for Paul Conroy's injury seemed to sap the little intensity that was in the game away, but that was very poor stuff! Ian Burke is showing well for Galway and their build up play has been good but they've scored only six of 14 chances.

    Kerry's kickout sums up their first half - they've kicked three straight over the sideline. Lazy and lacking direction.

  • 16:50

    All-Ireland SFC Super 8s round 1
    HT Kerry 0-5 Galway 0-6    
    FT Kildare 1-10 Monaghan 0-15

    All-Ireland SHC quarter-final
    FT Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-27

  • 16:54
    Attendance 30,740. Not bad given the weather and the World Cup final clash
  • 17:03
    Kerry 0-6 Galway 0-6 (36') Second half underway with Galway fouling at the throw in - Paul Geaney then takes on a shot from distance off his left foot and it sneaks over.
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    Tom O'Sullian is on for Brian O Beaglaoich
  • 17:06
    Kerry 0-6 Galway 0-7 (38') Good defensive work by Declan Kyne, it's worked to Sean Kellly and he remains composed and kicks over Galway's first point of the second half to go back ahead
  • 17:11
    Kerry 0-6 Galway 0-7 (43') Galway hit their 10th wide. Kerry have seven
  • 17:12
    Kerry 0-7 Galway 0-7 (45') Stephen O'Brien injects pace, comes inside his man and scores a good point. The post then denies James O'Donoghue another
  • 17:15
    Kerry 0-7 Galway 0-8 (47') Damien Comer gets down low and runs at the heart of the Galway defence. hH shows serious power and strength and wins a free. Walsh scores it with his right. Anthony Maher comes on for Jack Barry
  • 17:17
    Kerry 0-8 Galway 0-8 (50')  Peter Cooke and Johnny Heaney both miss great point chances. Down the other end and Clifford shows them how it's done with his third point
  • 17:19
    Michael Burns replaces James O'Donoghue who has got very little ball. Kerry would be better off kicking it into him quickly rather than brining on another halff forward to play Galway at their game
  • 17:24
    Kerry 0-8 Galway 0-10 (57')  (Adrian Varley is on for Michael Daly) Shane Walsh collects the ball on the right sideline, turns his man inside out (he can shoot off either foot) before cutting back out on his left and clipping over a point. David Clifford then slips when he looked like latching on to a ball inside. Before Declan Kyne joins the attack from corner back and for the first time in the match there is a two point lead. And it's for Galway
  • 17:26
    Straight red for Killian Young, for an off the ball incident
  • 17:28
    Kerry 0-9 Galway 0-10 (60')  Four points from play for David Clifford - from four shots - and he's carrying Kerry.
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    Kerry 0-9 Galway 0-11 (63')  A beauty from Adrian Varley on the loop, shooting first time, puts Galway two up again
  • 17:34
    Kerry 0-9 Galway 0-12 (67')  Another excellent score from Varley but he looks like he's injured himself while doing so
  • 17:35
    He's back to his feet and continuing
  • 17:36
    Barry John Walsh, Donnchadh Walsh and Mark Griffin all coming on. But no Kieran Donaghy which is madness
  • 17:36

    Kerry 0-9 Galway 0-13 (69') Shane Walsh adds another free.  

    Five minutes added on

  • 17:40
    Eoghan Kerin gets a second yellow for a foul on Clifford. And Galway also lose Tom Flynn to a black card. Two minutes left and Kerry trail by four
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  • 17:42

    Kerry 0-9 Galway 1-13 (73') Shane Walsh goes on a big run. It all opens up for Galway. Shane Murphy saves from point blank range but Patrick Sweeney buries the rebound

  • 17:44

    Kerry 1-10 Galway 1-13 (75') Clifford pulls on a loose ball and that's 1-5 for him.

  • 17:47

    FT Kerry 1-10 Galway 1-13 Kerry way off the pace and playing on Galway's terms. Galway announce themselves as serious contenders

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  • 17:54
    So that's that . . . Galway have arrived as serious contenders after a first championship football win over Kerry in 53 years. Albeit after a torrid encounter. Monaghan edge Kildare and Limerick reach the All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Kilkenny's expense.

    Match reports and analysis to follow, and we'll be back with more Super 8s action next weekend. Until then, thanks for joining us.  

    All-Ireland SFC Super 8s round 1
    FT Kerry 1-10 Galway 1-13      
    FT Kildare 1-10 Monaghan 0-15

    All-Ireland SHC quarter-final
    FT Kilkenny 1-22 Limerick 0-27