Kilkenny reached their first All-Ireland decider since 2016 this evening after defeating Limerick by a single point in Croke Park.
It was a gripping contest with many ups and downs. For large parts of the first half, it seemed as though Brian Cody’s men were going to run away with it such was the dominant fashion with which they went about their business.
Colin Fennelly’s goal helped the Cats into a nine-point lead midway through the first-half, however, Limerick fought their way back into the game in large part thanks to Aaron Gillane who ran Kilkenny ragged throughout. Limerick found themselves back in the game as half-time loomed after being awarded a somewhat controversial penalty which Gillane converted.
Kilkenny kicked on in the second half and were always a point or two ahead of the reigning champions but momentum seemed to shift late in the game when Shane Dowling bagged a sensational goal to bring them back to within two. The gap soon turned to one but Kilkenny were able to hold out for the win and book a final spot against either Wexford or Tipperary who meet in tomorrow’s second semi-final.
While Kilkenny most definitely deserved their victory there was controversy come the game’s end when Limerick were denied a 65 to level the game.
Darragh O’Donavan took the sideline cut hoping to level the game but it seemed to deflect off Cillian Buckley before going out over the sideline. John Kiely said afterwards he felt it was a definitely 65 but the evidence is inconclusive at best.
Judge for yourself…
Cannot believe this is not a 65!! Clear as day. Limerick deserved a chance to draw. Video from Senan!! pic.twitter.com/OIU7xtx41M
— Ronan Doohan (@RDoohan72) July 27, 2019