Waterford and Kilkenny gave us another game that will long in the memories of everyone who witnessed it.
After an amazing 90 minutes of hurling, the Munster men won 4-23 to 2-22
Coming into this Thurles showdown, Waterford had not beaten Kilkenny since 1959. Last year proved that they are getting closer before today’s result was a watershed moment for this group of players as they finally got the big win they have been threatening for three or four years.
The Deise were at the receiving end of quite a bit of criticism after losing to Cork in the Munster Championship. What a response this was to the critics.
While it cannot be denied that they should have won in normal time, the men from the south-east showed great character, scoring two goals in extra time to seal the win.
For Kilkenny, it was their first ever defeat in an All-Ireland qualifier. That said, they fell behind early in this contest.
Waterford in control
The Deise led 0-6 to 0-2 after 20 minutes but it should have been more. A number of silly wides (a la Limerick in Nowlan Park) kept the Cats within touching distance without Cody’s men playing well at all.
With time running out, it looked like the Deise would end their barren run. However, viewers were not convinced that they could see it through.
— Tomás Sheehan (@TomasSheehan) July 8, 2017
Hope they hang on but if Waterford manage to lose this you have to think it's the death of this team – as young as some of them are.
— Peter O' Dwyer (@peterodwyer1) July 8, 2017
If Waterford loose this they will be worse than Mayo footballers #kkvwat
— John Kelleher (@J_Kell77) July 8, 2017
Waterford throw it away in normal time
Derek McGrath’s men failed to score for the last 16 minutes as Kilkenny came from nowhere to level the game. However, Maurice Shanahan had a late, late chance to win the game in 70 minutes. However, his long range free went well wide.
Jesus you'd need garlic, a crucifix and a stake thro the ❤️ to kill Kilkenny😵 fair dues #KKvWAT
— cliona foley (@ponyyelof) July 8, 2017
All Irl. Qualifier R2
37:19 Second Half
Colin Fennelly levels
— Kilkenny GAA (@KilkennyCLG) July 8, 2017
There were comparisons to what we saw in New Zealand this morning…
Unlike the rugby no ones fucking taking a draw here!! #KKvWAT
— noel (@norohigo) July 8, 2017
Extra time was needed to settle this one….
Jamie Barron gets the game’s fifth goal
Looks like Waterford have started hurling again. Great goal. #KKvWAT
— Pat O'Loughlin (@Pat_O_Loughlin) July 8, 2017
I'm no hurling fan by any means but that last Waterford goal was sexy. Little drop of the shoulder and then a dummy pass 😍 #KKvWAT
— Eoin (@E_0_R) July 8, 2017
Maurice seals it
Maurice giving his jersey the old "I love me county" tug there in his post goal celebrations #KKvWat
— Brighid Breathnach (@BrighidBB) July 8, 2017
— sinead violet (@shinshanviolet) July 8, 2017
— Michelle de Norraig (@myshellybelle) July 8, 2017
Maurice Shanahan – balls of bloody steel 🤛#WatvKik
— Paul Mallon (@PaulMallon1) July 8, 2017
AND ITS ALL OVERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!! KK 2-22(28) WAT 4-23(35). Jamie Barron my man of the match really stepped up when it mattered most #KKvWAT
— Hurling Updates (@updates_gaa) July 8, 2017
— Louise Hogan (@louise_hogan123) July 8, 2017
Absolutely brilliant by Waterford!! #KKvWAT
— Laura ✌️ (@laura_kingxo) July 8, 2017
Waterford deserved the win no questions but the greatest hurling side ever went down fighting! Great spectacle. Good luck the déise #KKvWAT
— DJ Walsh 🇨🇺 🧢 (@dj_breathnach) July 8, 2017
We won. WE DID! WATERFORD BEAT KILKENNY!!!
— Niamh ☕️ (@NiamhoNiamh) July 8, 2017
Great night for Waterford Hurling and Hurling people in general.
— aidan o leary (@olearya) July 8, 2017
…And the one that says it all
— Mark Graham (@IreMusPod) July 8, 2017