Kilkenny and Waterford face off in Thurles this evening in the All-Ireland semi-final replay. Between now and 6:45pm today you will hear the phrase “Kilkenny don’t lose replays” approximately 1,000,000 times.
We take a look at the last five replays the Cats have played in the Championship.
Kilkenny vs Tipperary – 2014 All-Ireland final – Won 2-17 to 2-14
The drawn game will go down as arguably the greatest game of hurling ever seen. Tipperary and Kilkenny went toe-to-toe, and what transpired was special.
While Eamon O’Shea set up for the replay under the assumption that it would be fought on the same fronts, Cody went back and rethought his gameplan. Michael Fennelly and Conor Fogarty played ultra-defensively at midfield, and this gave the Cats the platform to push on for another Liam McCarthy triumph.
Kilkenny vs Galway – 2014 Leinster semi-final – Won 3-19 to 1-17
Cody’s side were in cruise control in the first game, before a famous comeback from Galway salvaged a dramatic draw.
The heroics of a last second equalising point from Joe Canning in the drawn game was as good as it got for the Tribesmen.
Kilkenny vs Dublin – 2013 Leinster semi-final – Lost 1-16 to 0-16
Dublin had the Cats on the ropes during the first game in Portlaoise, and as Anthony Daly’s side left O’Moore Park, there was a sense that they had lost their chance. However, they delivered greater fight and spirit to put the Cats to bed the second day, as a Danny Sutcliffe goal secured a famous victory.
It was a result which sent shockwaves throughout the hurling landscape, and set the tone for a summer of magical chaos.
Kilkenny vs Galway – 2012 All-Ireland final – Won 3-22 to 3-11
After the drawn game, it was felt that the Tribesmen had missed their chance… This is starting to sound familiar.
After hammering Kilkenny in the Leinster final, Galway continued their dominance in the opening exchanges of the final. However, Henry Shefflin put in one of the great All-Ireland final performances in the replay to ensure that Liam McCarthy wintered once again in the Marble City.
Kilkenny vs Clare – 2004 All-Ireland quarter-final – Won 1-11 to 0-09
Jamesie O’Connor scored at the death to level a game, where Anthony Daly’s side had roared back into contention. Confusion reigned at the final whistle as it was announced on the Croke Park PA system that extra time would be played.
However, it was ultimately determined that there would be a replay, and Kilkenny won the second clash in Thurles.
Kilkenny have won four of the last five Championship replays, but that won’t count for much in Thurles this evening.