All-Ireland Quarter-Final: Kilkenny set up semi-final with Limerick following 2-27 to 3-18 win over Cork

Kilkenny 2-27 Cork 3-18 

Kilkenny produced a stunning performance as they booked their place in the All-Ireland semi-final in two weeks time where they will play Limerick. For Cork and John Meyler the season has ended but Patrick Horgan should be delighted with his personal tally of 3-10. Kilkenny’s game was based on all around team effort with scoring for all over the field.

Horgan would open the scoring after only 10 seconds when he raised a white flag, things would get better for the Glen Rovers man with a goal on three minutes. The goal coming from a penalty which was dispatched past Eoin Murphy. John Donnelly and Richie Hogan pointed Kilkenny’s first scores of the game, Alan Cadogan was then denied a goal by Eoin Murphy who made a smart save. Brian Cody’s men then hit a good patch where they would take a three-point lead. TJ Reid pointed a free before Colin Fennelly raced through to finish past Nash with a bat style finish. Reid would point another free to make 1-04 to 1-01. Horgan (free) and Conor Fogarty traded scores before Cork hit four points in a row with Horgan (2), Harnedy and Mark Coleman as they went back ahead. Conor Browne scored a nice score for Kilkenny. The sides were level on 22 minutes. However, Alan Cadogan pushed Cork ahead, but Reid levelled the game. Horgan and Donnelly traded scores as the sides went toe to toe. Horgan got his second goal of the game on 27 minutes with another clinical finish from down on his knees. Richie Hogan pointed before that Cork goal. It was 2-08 to 1-09 now. Cork went in at the break 2-10 to 1-11 ahead as Horgan and Cadogan responded to scores from Fogarty and Reid.

Richie Hogan got Kilkenny off to a superb start with a good goal, before Reid registered four frees. Adrian Mullen, Richie Leahy, Eoin Murphy (Free) TJ Reid (free) and Walter Walsh had Brian Cody’s men in charge and winning by 8 points with 52 minutes played. Kilkenny going to coast home from here I was thinking anyway. However, it wasn’t to be the case, Harnedy pointed as did Cadogan before Horgan who put in a man of the match display got his third goal of the game plucking the ball from the air after a long delivery to give Murphy no chance. Cadogan and Reid then traded scores but Colin Fennelly edged the gap back to four points. Walter Walsh registered his second of the game which cancelled out Horgan’s free as the gap remained at four points with 63 minutes played. Horgan hit two frees to leave just two points between the sides but Billy Ryan hit back for Kilkenny. Darragh Fitzgibbon scored a beautiful score for Cork in response. However, when it mattered most Kilkenny wanted it more, Walsh, Ryan and Sheehan all pointing. TJ Reid knocked over a free to leave 6 between the sides. Horgan had a few chances of goals from frees in the end but Kilkenny deservedly won the game.

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy (0-1, 1f); Paul Murphy, Huw Lawlor, Joey Holden; Paddy Deegan, Padraig Walsh, Cillian Buckley; Conor Browne (0-1), Conor Fogarty (0-2); John Donnelly (0-2), TJ Reid (0-10, 10f), Richie Leahy (0-1); Adrian Mullen (0-1), Colin Fennelly (1-1), Richie Hogan (1-2). Subs: Walter Walsh (0-3) for Buckley (HT), Bill Sheehan (0-1) for Hogan (50), James Maher for Browne (57), Billy Ryan (0-2) for Donnelly (63).

Cork: Anthony Nash; Sean O’Donoghue, Eoin Cadogan, Niall O’Leary; Mark Ellis, Stephen McDonnell, Mark Coleman (0-1); Billy Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon (0-1); Daniel Kearney, Conor Lehane, Luke Meade; Alan Cadogan (0-4), Pat Horgan (3-10, 1 pen, 8f), Seamus Harnedy (0-2). Subs: Robbie O’Flynn for Lehane (45mins), Shane Kingston for Kearney (47), Tim O’Mahony for Cooper (50), Damien Cahalane for O’Donoghue (54), Christopher Joyce for Meade (63).

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