Kilkenny and Limerick clash in the 2017 Bord Gáis Energy U-21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship Final, for the James Nowlan Cup, on Saturday.
The sides meet in Semple Stadium, Thurles, on Saturday with a 3pm throw-in. The game will be preceded by the clash of Kerry and Wicklow in the ‘B’ championship decider at 1pm, with both games to be broadcast live on TG4.
Following disappointment at senior level for Limerick and Kilkenny this season, both sides will be in search of redemption for their respective counties in the form of a much-coveted U-21 title.
Eddie Brennan’s side had a smooth road to the final, which saw them defeat Dublin, Westmeath and Wexford in their provincial encouters. The Cats gave an outstanding display against Derry in the All-Ireland semi-final, scoring 8 goals in total to claim a 52-point victory over the Oak Leaf county.
For Kilkenny, the game represents their first appearance in a Bord Gáis Energy U-21 All-Ireland Championship Final since 2012. The last encounter saw them take on Clare, who went on to win three U-21 All-Ireland titles in a row.
Limerick’s 2017 Munster campaign saw them produce wins over Tipperary, Clare and Cork, before a close All-Ireland semi-final encounter with Galway to secure their spot in the final. Their last All-Ireland title at this grade came in 2015.